It's a been a while since I posted one of these because...well, frankly, you kiddos are so much more on top of sniffing out viral videos than myself. But I just happened to stumble across something I think slipped under the radar that made me smile and hit the Replay button all day.
Plus, it just seemed so appropriate with all the buzz about the controversial 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Broadway musical. Mixed reviews on its preview night opening, most infamously the technical disasters: "The action stopped five times, occasionally leaving actors hanging in midair, and it took almost 3 ½ hours. "
And then there's the fact that it's the most expensive musical in Broadway history, more than twice the price of Shrek: The Musical which cost $30 million and closed at a loss. 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' will need to bring in about $1 million a week just to break even. Even with the tickets costing $100 a pop for the cheap seats, it will need to run at capacity for two to three years to do that.
But let's not ignore the elephant in the living room: The fact that a Spider-man Broadway musical even exist is a huge WTF? in itself! Right? Even though the early reports say,“It's different. It's not very Broadway, it's more Cirque du Soleil” , there's still singing. And the very last thing any real comic book wants their superheroes to do is break into song. Right? Especially bad, emasculating Broadway-style singing. Ugh. Spider-man? No way! Right?
But maybe...just maybe it could work with...BATMAN!
Yeah, yeah. I know. You see this low-budget video pop up with some tool who goes by the handle "Goldentusk", and you figure he's just look to be the next 4th-rate Weird Al Yankovic by making fun of Batman. But if you listen to it (without watching the video) you'll notice that he not only doesn't make any jokes at the Dark Knight's expense, but he has to be a genuine fan to write these lyrics. Plus he takes Danny Elfman's already catchy theme song and turns it into an earwig.
After that I can now totally envision a Broadway musical based on Batman. Although, I can't guarantee I could sit through it if it was any longer than that song.
...What's that? Who said something about an ENCORE?
Well, it just so happens the talented Mr. Goldentusk did the same with the theme to SUPERMAN. His send up of the Man of Steel is a bit more jokey, but just as dedicated and catchy. Enjoy!