Batman begins ... its transformation to a stage show!

The Spider-Man musical is apparently cursed, having lost both Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane and Alan Cumming as the Green Goblin, on top of its financing troubles. But that doesn't mean we won't soon be seeing a superhero on the stage. It just won't be the one we originally thought.

Because according to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers and DC Comics are developing a Batman stage show.

But rather than being a musical or a Broadway-bound theatrical production, the tentatively titled Batman Live will be an elaborate arena production aimed at kids and families, produced in partnership with the companies behind the popular touring shows Walking With Dinosaurs and Mamma Mia!

Very little is known at the current time about the story and script other than that the show will feature numerous villains and will be written by Alan Burnett, whose credits include such animated movies as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Green Lantern: First Flight.

There's no firm schedule as to when the show will debut, though one scenario involves it coming out after Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie in 2012. Another scenario has it opening in 2011.

So what do you think? Which superhero is likely to take the stage first, Spider-Man or Batman?

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