The property, tentatively titled Batman Live, is being conceived as an elaborate arena show for family audiences. Nick Grace Management and Water Lane Productions, which also present the tour of Mamma Mia!, are involved in bringing the work to the stage. "Batman" and "Superman" television series writer Alan Burnett is writing the script that will incorporate numerous villains. Batman Live could spread its wings as early as 2011, or arrive following the third in the latest franchise of "Batman" films in 2013, though official dates have not been set.
Marvel Comics is battling its own financial villains with the Broadway-aimed production of Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, said to be capitalized at $40 million, which was set to begin previews at the Hilton Theatre Feb. 25 but was delayed due to funding. Both Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming, who were to star as Mary Jane Watson and the Green Goblin, respectively, have withdrawn from the U2-scored musical. Julie Taymor will direct the production that is hoping to cast its web on Broadway later this year.