Holy Musical B@man is the latest musical from StarKid Productions, who brought us the parodies A Very Potter Musical and A Very Potter sequel and the original productions Me and My Dick and Starship. Originating in the University of Michigan, these guys are super talented! I’ve watched all of their shows (several times) and had high expectations for HMB. They did not disappoint.
HMB shows growth in all aspects of Star Kid Productions. The singing is better. The acting is better. The pacing is better. They’re not only commenting on the superhero franchise, but world politics and other world issues. If there is one thing I learned from my English lit class this semester it is that when you laugh at something you should really be paying attention to what you’re actually laughing at. It’s definitely something to keep in mind while watching this musical.
One of my favourite aspects of the musical was the original villain: Sweet Tooth.
He is seriously so awesome. He is exactly what you’d expect of a Batman villain. And the candy puns never got old. An issue I had with his character was his treatment of his female companion, Candy. Now I’m not a big enough Batman or superhero fan to know if it’s common for male villains to beat on their female underlings, but seeing as it’s not the first time hitting woman has appeared in a Starkid production as a comedic thing (see AVPM the Ron/Hermione kiss), it immediately caught my attention.
There are female actors in the show, but the writers are all male and the majority of the actors are male. Now, I’m not saying that these guys are pro-female beating or anti-woman or anything like that. I’m just saying that maybe if there were some woman on the writing team they might be more sensitive to this very feminine topic.
The only other thing that could be improved is the catchiness of the songs. But that might improve with another watch of the show, which I will definitely be doing.