Another sign of the ENDtimes?
Spider-Man makes leap to Broadway as a musical
It looks like Spider-Man will be swinging over to Broadway — and bringing Bono with him.
Marvel Entertainment announced that the iconic web-slinger will be the subject of a major Broadway musical that will be directed by Tony-winner Julie Taymor, who famously adapted The Lion King to stage, and feature music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge of U2.
Readings will start this summer for the splashy project, executives at Marvel Comics said.
There's no official word on a premiere date or any hints about early casting choices to play Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, Aunt May, J. Jonah Jameson or the other characters from the popular spandex soap opera.
It won't be the first time a superhero has made it to Broadway; "It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman" took flight in 1966 but, despite favorable reviews, didn't click with the public. Spidey is the first Marvel Comics character to leap to the stage.
The spindly wall-crawler, created in 1962 by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee, already has proved to be titan on the silver screen. The first two films in the popular Sony franchise have grossed $777 million in the United States while the third installment is poised to hit theaters on May 4.
Spider-Man has his hands full as a cross-media property, too. He will be a linchpin presence in the recently announced $1-billion Marvel Comics theme park in Dubai, set to open in 2011, and he will be the star of new animated television series for the Kids WB scheduled to launch next year. There's also the Spider-Man 3 video game from Activision due in stores also on May 4.
Bono and the Edge have done movie soundtrack work, but the rock heroes are newcomers to Broadway.
They do have some super-hero résumé lines, however: Edge wrote and played the slinky theme song for The Batman, the stylized Kids WB cartoon series that premiered in 2004; U2 also contributed Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me to the Batman Forever film soundtrack in 1995. Editor's Note: Which is so memorable everyone swung out of the theater humming? (Or not....)