Now, when it comes down to which hero is better, I'm more attracted to Peter Parker but I'm swooned by Bruce Wayne. That also goes to their alter egos. So you've got Spider-Man on Broadway, which seems to be cursed since things just keep going wrong and the cast keeps getting hurt . . . and now you've got a Batman Rock & Roll Live Show, which sounds like it's gonna be top notch?! MY BRAIN!
There will be bats. And flying. And huge sets. And spectacular special effects. But not, the crew of the gigantic comics-based show said – with a nervous glance over their shoulders at another megabucks superhero whose reputation is hanging by a cobweb – songs.
The comparison between Batman Live, which in July begins a world tour at the MEN Arena in Manchester, and Spider-Man, still awaiting its official first night on Broadway after six months of "previews", is inevitable and the Batman crew insists, wrongheaded.
Spider-Man has cost $65m (£40m), while Batman Live, which will be touring with 20 trucks carrying re-creations of Gotham City's landmark buildings and a Batmobile created by legendary Formula One car designer Gordon Murray, is costing a relatively modest £12m.
Perhaps most important, as the director kept pointing out anxiously, Batman Live is not a musical. Starring Nick Court as Batman and Emma Clifford as Catwoman, the show reaches the 02 in London in August.
"What it is really is rock and roll," Anthony Van Laast said at the launch. "Almost all of us come from a rock and roll background, we know we can fill an arena, we can do the whizz bangs and the special effects – all we needed was a really good yarn as the backbone of the show, and we've got that. It's not a musical."
Van Laast choreographed Mamma Mia! for stage and screen, and worked on films including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and tours for musicians including Kate Bush and Mika.
Batman was born in issue 27 of Detective Comics in 1939 with original illustrations by Bob Kane, but the look of the show will be based on the more recent moody, grey style of illustrator Jim Lee – the definitive Batman, in the team's view, and also usefully now co-publisher of DC Comics whose co-operation was essential.
Producer Nick Grace came up with Batman Live while seeking an arena project to follow his last venture, the animatronic monsters of Walking With Dinosaurs, seen by more than 1.8 million people in their first year of touring. Designer Es Devlin has done stage and costume designs for acts including Take That and Lady Gaga, and is also working on a show with a particularly inflexible deadline, the closing ceremony for the 2012 Olympics.
.............Hmmmmmm. are you guys interested?