In fact the tone of Batman Live was very reminiscent of the Animated Series I loved so much from the 1990s. Not surprising as it was written by Alan Burnett, who had written for that wonderful show.
Batman Live has a lot of wonderful Circus Acrobats and a little bit of illusion in it, and although this might sound like it is moving away from Batman, several of the main parts are set in a circus and therefore it was great that the Live show was a new take on the origins of Robin.
The aerial work with the stunts such as Batman flying with his cape open was fantastic. The fight sequences, apart from one with Catwoman, were brilliantly chereographed.
Performances all around were excellent, especially from the performers playing The Joker and harley Quinn. Very reminiscent of Mark Hamill's performance on the Animated Series and Harley Quinn was pitch perfect from the Animated series counterpart.
Joker was a touch more camp than the more recent Heath Ledger interpretation but I feel the one on the show feels true to how I see Joker as Mark Hamill's one is one of the definitive takes on The Joker.
I found the story engaging and the aerial work fantastic. The computer graphics on the back wall worked great to move the story along.
A great show that every Bat fan needs to see.