Have YOU got what it takes to become Batman?

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HOLY job interview! Do you have the physical prowess, the agility and athleticism to don the famous cape... and become Batman?

Dust off your cape and utility belt if you think you can play the Dark Knight at Arena...

If you've got the costume, all the better – Batman Live arena tour bosses are inviting fans to turn up dressed for the role when they hold auditions for the spectacular which arrives at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena this summer.

And they are not just looking for somebody to play the Dark Knight.

They are also after actors to be Robin and the dynamic duo's arch enemies including Catwoman, Joker and Harley Quinn.

The multi-million pound show will tour UK arenas this summer – including eight performances in Sheffield, from August 10 to 14.

It's being created by official Batman brand owners Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment, with executive producer Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions, who was behind the Walking With Dinosaurs arena shows.

They decided against a household name in the title role – saying Batman is the real star.

Now they are holding open auditions to find 18- to 40-year-old actors for the leading roles.

They are even encouraging wannabes to turn up in character costumes for the auditions next week.

Organisers are expecting a big response and are encouraging people to register their interest in advance at batmanlive.com/audition

A spokesman said: "Those who register on line will be entered into a fast track queue at the auditions – but there is limited availability, so we're advising people to register early.

"We haven't gone for big names to play the main roles because, as we see it, Batman and the rest are the stars of the show. So we are looking for actors who feel they have what it takes to bring the comic book characters to life."

The auditions will take place at INC Space, 9-13 Grape Street, London, on Tuesday, January 25, with registrations from 8.30am to 10am.

Batman Live promises to be a theatrical extravaganza of stunts, acrobatic acts and illusions, bringing the comic books to life on the streets of Gotham City.

This will be a 100ft x 60ft stage set built on the arena floor, complete with skyscrapers, Arkham Asylum for the criminally insane, Wayne Manor, home of Batman's alter-ego Bruce Wayne and the Batcave.

The Batmobile will roar around as helicopters fly above and the venue is filled with a city soundscape, including sirens, police radio messages and an epic new Batman soundtrack recorded at Abbey Road studios.

A 130ft wide HD video wall will provide a moving backdrop, with special effects to blend comic book images with real actors as the Dark Knight story is brought to life in what is being described as a unique fast-moving, action- packed show, full of stunts, illusions and pyrotechnics.

There are 45 performers, including a circus troupe, involving trapeze artistes, parkour free runners and acrobats.

Do you have what it takes to be Batman, Robin or any of the villains?

Send us your photos, dressed as the comic heroes or villains, and we'll print the best in paper and on line.

Post photos and full details to Batman Photos, The Star, York Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1PU - or email them, as jpeg attachments, to staronline@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk

* Tickets for Batman Live in Sheffield are 20 to 45, may be subject to a booking fee. Buy in person, call 0114 256 5656, visit www.motorpointarena.co.uk or www.arenaticketshop.co.uk

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