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Batman's new ride

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It's fair to say we have a few reservations about the Batman Live world tour.

We love the caped crusader as much as the next man (unless the next man's Alfred), but we fear a live stage performance of his heroics could go the way of Spider-Man The Musical. Holy woeful reviews, Batman!

Only time will tell, but what we have learned today is that the Dark Knight will be cruising the boards in a very plush ride.

Indeed the Batmobile of Broadway (or more accurately of 'Manchester', from July onwards) is designed by the very man who designed the McLaren F1 road car and the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, on top of a number of F1 racing cars, Professor Gordon Murray. The same man that independently designed the Rocket, an ultra-lightweight, open cockpit roadster powered by a 1-litre motorcycle engine, which has an appearance similar to that of a 60's era Grand Prix car.

The result? We likey!

Batman Live will tour arenas for the first time ever across the UK and Europe, beginning in summer 2011, and arriving in North America in August 2012. Opening in Manchester on 19 July 2011 and visiting Newcastle, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Nottingham, Dublin and Belfast.

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