Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Bat-Fan, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Martin Gray.
WHAM! POW… actually, no. Comic fans really hate articles that start like this. And James Wilson-Taylor is a big comic fan, having become besotted with the Caped Crusader as a boy, donning a home-made super-suit to fight crime in his living room.
He wears a version of that costume in this engaging show, which combines illustrated talk (“a lecture, a Bat-Lecture, a Ben Affleck-ture”) and musical. Wilson-Taylor takes us through Batman’s comic book history, from his 1939 debut to the upcoming Batman V Superman movie.
Why, for example, does an armoured hero who leaps into a hail of bullets dress his kid sidekick in short pants and pixie boots? Who’s the worst villain – Ten-Eyed Man, Mr Camera or Condiment King? Why don’t we see much of Crazy Quilt, does he have lots of duvet days? And… is that ticking we hear?
Aided by possibly the most talented tech on the Fringe and a very cute Robin doll, Wilson-Taylor – a cracking singer as well as a gifted gagster – delivers an hour that is HOLY ENTERTAINING, BATMAN! (sorry).
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 13 August 2015
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