Michael Gough, Garrick Hagon and Bob Sessions star in this thrilling radio drama featuring the Batman.
‘This is the Batman. Treat what you are about to hear in the strictest confidence - my associates must be protected at all costs. By night in Gotham City you knew me as the Batman. What you never knew was....’
The Batman is dead. Police Commissioner Gordon has received a recording by the Batman that reveals his real identity. But who is the occupant of Wayne Manor? It soon becomes a desperate journey into the background of Gotham City’s famous vigilante to find out who killed the Dark Knight.
This fantastic full-cast adventure stars Michael Gough as Alfred, Garrick Hagon as Bruce Wayne, Kerry Shale as Dick Grayson, Lorelei King as Selina Kyle, and Bob Sessions as The Batman, and it comes from the renowned producer Dirk Maggs, of Superman and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio fame.
This stunning audio production was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and this all-action adventure can now be heard remastered - complete with dazzling sound effects.
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Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
We listened to this in the car for a short trip and overall liked this dramatization that seems to have taken place in the 80s because there are dictaphones and cassettes mentioned. We also noticed that this would be a good listen for someone not that familiar with the Batman, as there is a of review and flashbacks, explaining his origin, why Barbara Gorden is in a chair, etc. Yet there is not so much review that it is dull to the Batman fan. My problem was I couldn't figure out why Harvey Dent sounded like an idiot, when I realized the character was supposed to be Harvey Bullock. I also took issue with the Joker's voice. I should also note that the actor for the Batman character does not give his character the graveli-ness we've come accustomed to with the Batman films, another hint as to the age of this dramatization.
very cool narrative; feels like film noir,
the crime alley scene at the end could have been a bit more interesting but didn't compromise the narrative as a whole.
It's got your favorite character from the Bat-verse (Nightwing, Jason Todd, Batgirl, Catwoman, and more), ND the production is great. do yourself a favor and download this. It'll surprise you.
also, the voice-cast is great as well.
An excellent review of the history of The Batman with a nice mystery attached. I already know the story along with everyone else but the mystery kept me interested and it is short enough that I never found myself noticing most of the story has already been told
I only wish this story had been longer than 45 minutes to help those unfamiliar with the Killing Joke and Death in the Family to get more back story on the references in the book.
I'd only recommend this to someone who's desperate for Batman audio programs, and even then, I'd really only mention it. It just isn't a good story at all. However, most of the performances are at least competent.
Where to begin? First, much of the story is told in flashback, and most of the flashbacks are direct rip-offs of other Batman comics. For example, the scene of Bruce falling down the hole into the Batcave at the age of six or so is taken directly word-for-word (in many spots) from Frank Miller's original Dark Knight series. I've read that already, thanks. I don't need a repeat.Second, flashback tends to make a story drag unless it's done very, very well (see The Usual Suspects for an example of well-done flashback). Here, it's a bunch of irrelevant information given because the story is set in a full-on comics continuity (for example, Jason Todd's death is explained in detail... but it's totally unimportant to the main story).Third, the story itself just doesn't make sense. Neither Alfred nor Dick Grayson have an ounce of intelligence between them, and the fact that they seem to not know Bruce Wayne as a person is beyond belief. That the villain believes his plan could ever work is ridiculous, and that villain as usually written is way too smart to go through with this. This plan would have been a stretch for an Adam West-era villain.
Michael Gough's voice is wonderful.
Man, I wonder what a Batman TV show would look like. I hope they get on that soon!
As a lifelong Batman fan who has enjoyed some of the Batman audio products out there over the decades (there was a Robin-centric one years ago, and Knightfall was produced as well), I was hopeful with this. Unfortunately, it was terrible aside from some of the performances. Skip this one.
This story was interesting because it was more of a rehearsed broadcast than a audiobook, giving it a really cool appeal. Although the artwork suggests a more modern batman, it's actually more of the classic "Adam West & Burt Ward" version...which isn't a bad thing, but the short duration and way the story is told could've been improved on.
However, the cast was very well involved in their roles and it shows. Sound effects were fine and Alfred sounded just as I figured he'd sound.
Overall, I'll definitely rate this audiobook a 3.5/5.
While they performed well with the right voice inflections and personality that came across telling the story, I didn't care much for this story (a little boring) nor the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne (he sounded generic and would have been better if they could have had Jevin Conroy but I'm sure that wasn't possible or cost effective). Combine that with the fact that this story is based in old times where voices are weird in performances. I like modern stories set in current times. I should have researched more what era this story was in.
"A little short, but sweet"
Not one of the longest or best Batman stories, but this is one of the wonderful BBC productions and they are always well done.
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