The Guys & Gals of Gotham City Get A Makeover for ‘Batman Live!’

Note: For the upcoming Batman Live!, super-hero fashion takes center stage as DC has premiered new designs for the stage show. Some borrow from the great Darwyn Cooke redesign of Catwoman, while others look more like Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin. Go to our friends at Comics Alliance for the full play-by-play and expert analysis by fashion expert Bethany Fong. – Chris A.

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10 comments on “The Guys & Gals of Gotham City Get A Makeover for ‘Batman Live!’
  1. I wonder when the stage will take superheroes as seriously as the screen does, or rather, has at times. Moon Knight of the Opera, anyone?

  2. Catwoman and Riddler aren’t bad at all, and Batman, Joker, Penguin, and Poison Ivy are all just given shiny textures and stuff on their costumes to make them appear more clearly on stage. Theater isn’t film and doesn’t have the luxury of close-ups.

    Harley looks awful though, and Robin’s chest padding looks ridiculous.

    But other than that, could be worse.

  3. I think this looks like Adam West was given a green light and too much budget to blow any way he saw fit. pass.

  4. I actually kinda like the Batman suit. Looks like an amalgamation of the Batman:Arkham Asylum suit and the one from Batman Returns. It has that automotive look to it. The legs kinda bring it down due to the segmentation of the armour, but I really think the cowl needs an overhaul. I’m sorry, but it’s the ears. They look short and in the group shot, more like devil horns than anything else.

    The Robin suit kinda looks like the Alex Ross sketches, which in itself is pretty awesome, but it’s just not executed well. The muscles seem kinda pointless to me. I mean, whether Robin is a Boy or Teen Wonder, he’s not gonna be that built. If Batman is brute force, Robin has to be speed. Interesting idea for the belt though.

    I really have nothing to say for the majority of the villains. Catwoman’s attire seems unfinished but passable. You really can’t improve upon The Riddler’s get-up. The Penguin is ho-hum, and I like the nod to the JUSTICE comic series in Poison Ivy’s look. I think that a show intended for kids though should’ve gone with the Batman:Arkham Asylum costume.

    Joker and Harley. I love you guys, but damn, those are pretty weak. Don’t get me wrong, The Joker’s makeup is pretty cool, but this is so overblown. Just look at it! The playing card vest, the smiling grin bow tie, what I assume is a sort-of leopard print bright orange shirt! Gah! I really think subtlety should’ve been the goal here, like in The Dark Knight. Cold colours should’ve been at work here.
    Harley’s costume works ok from the shoulders down, it’s nothing special. I really don’t like the necklace and the extra large lapels. Why is the mask so subdued anyways?

    @Dnwilliams: Meh, I’m looking forward to Starman Express myself.

  5. The thing is, how does one do superheroes seriously on the stage? I think this show is a step in the right direction (still don’t think its a great idea) and way better than Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark.”

    DRM- Agreed, most look okay, just more texture and such to make it stand out from a distance. But yeah Robin looks horrible.

  6. *sigh*
    You could probably pull this off with Superman or Green Lantern, but I have to say as someone who has written, directed and performed for the stage, Batman should not be done in a manner so ostentatious. Musical numbers or no musical numbers, this production looks like it’s gonna trade genuine pathos of character with so much flamboyance Liberace himself would blush.
    As for the costumes, there is greater advantage in stripping everything back to its barest signifiers. People aren’t looking for Nolan-esque realism (the stage is a give-away) so peel everything back to its truest purpose. Batman would be better served with something like Sandy Collora’s fanfilm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjp0I_okX0w
    Most of these characters’ looks are derived from a theatrical heritage and should acknowledge that: Joker, Harley and Penguin have roots in commedia del arte. I don’t know why Ivy is so orange (I think it’s a Broadway thing) but they could give her a nod to ancient Greek-style vines and toga-work.
    The two supreme advantages to theatre as a story-telling medium is that it is live and intimate; and the audience comes loaded with suspension of belief. Theatremakers’ two most important tools are thus sincerity and subtlety.
    Whilst I liked the Joker’s performance in the video at CA (huge nod to Hamill’s interpretation) a good starting point for production design is strong contrast in lighting and play off the natural guts of a theatre for an authentic Gotham alleyway feel. A Batman production would take advantage of a smaller intimate space and a lot of darkness.

    tl;dr: This show is for parents who are tired of taking their kids to Disney on Ice, but don’t expect Hamlet.

  7. Robin’s a pretty good design – the Alex Ross chainmail undersuit works – but that is a stinky ‘R’.

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