Spiderman is getting a musical, with Julie Taymor directing, no less. "U2’s savvy manager, Paul McGuiness, told me that the group will have at least two new releases in 2008: their Broadway “Spiderman” musical and a separate rock album... The “Spiderman” musical is set to be directed by Julie Taymor (“The Lion King” and may feature members of the cast of her 2007 Beatles film, “Across the Universe.” Superman had one, too. But where's the Batman musical? And what kind of musical should it be? Should it be a 60's style Batman, mourning the innocence he's lost in his current incarnations? (I'm thinking, for a twist, that Batman in this musical might actually be aware of all the things that have been done over the years with his character, and even comment on them.) Should it be a TDK style Batman, brooding over his fate and maybe longing for more innocent days? Should it be opera-like, or pop? Maybe something Fosse-esque. Chicago meets Gotham City. Maybe all the Batvillains doing a West-Side-Story-Jets-like number. And who should be in it? Who should direct it? Maybe it'll be a Blue Man Group (Bat Man Group?) type deal with Batman swinging around the theatre in the dark. Interactive. Maybe the Fake Batmen will show up. Or maybe, like Godot, we'll spend most of our time waiting for The Batman to show up. Maybe Bruce Wayne will sing "Let a Woman in Your Life", from My Fair Lady, and Vicki Vale will sing "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ, Superstar. Could Solomon Grundy sing "Puttin on the Ritz" from Young Frankenstein, or is that too spot-on? Hey, it's too late to change the film. So I say, grab on to this train before it leaves the station, 'cause you KNOW it's gonna happen.