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Old 03-30-2012, 04:41 PM   #3
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Default Re: Batman: The Musical (Shadows in the Gloom)

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH: THE WRITER

WHAT EXACTLY IS YOUR BACKGROUND?

I think a lot on here already know.

I also wrote a Spider-Man 4 screenplay here which fans loved and thought was on par with Spider-Man 2.

I'm a background actor in 'The Dark Knight Rises.'

WHY A BATMAN MUSICAL?

I saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and liked it a lot. It made me wonder what other superhero could possibly translate onto the stage. And the one that stood out to me the most was surprisingly Batman.

Everyone is hesitant when they hear Batman and musical mentioned in the same sentence. But, I love challenges. Thus, I set about making it a reality.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?

I think fans will be very surprised when they see it and give it a chance. It remains very faithful to source material, the characters, and their journeys.

The main villain of the show is the Joker. He provides most of the entertainment. And believe me when I say, you haven't seen Joker like this before. His background stems primarily out of 'The Killing Joke.' And we really dive into how he could become the villain we all love to hate. To me, he's a lot like Sweeney Todd - albeit a lot more psychotic.

There's also a romantic sub-plot between Bruce Wayne and Salina Kyle that takes some of it's cues from 'Batman: Year One.' In many ways this is an origin story exploring how these three characters came to be.

SO WE WILL SEE BATMAN SINGING IN COSTUME?

Sometimes. *Laughs* Sometimes. But I tried to stay away from that. But, I approached it in a way very similarly to Phantom of the Opera. Do we laugh when the Phantom sings? No. Then why would we when Batman sings? I think it's all part of the design process and the tone of the piece. You make it gothic and operatic, it's going to just seem natural to who he is.

WILL THERE BE ANY ORIGINAL SONGS?

Sadly, no. I'm not really a song writer. This will follow the formula of musicals that utilize already pre-existing songs. Many of which can be found on various Batman soundtracks, comic books, and other mediums.

ANY CLOSING WORDS?

Batman: The Musical. Many would say "what the hell is he smoking?" But taking another look - it's the most natural thing in the world. Just look at Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera. Both very gothic and both very very dark. It's based heavily on the source material in such a way that I think/hope fans will find these characters just fascinating as I do.

It's a classic tale we all know. Of how things began, but with a new twist. Look for it in July. Peace out.

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