Rocksteady’s Next Batman Game Possibly Set in the Silver Age

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Posted by patrickklepek (4630 posts) -

I still wouldn’t be surprised if Rocksteady Studios was soon revealed as a two-game studio also prepping a Superman game (that's just me musing, by the way), but even if that’s not true, Variety’s report about the Batman: Arkham City developer working on another Batman game, this time set in the Silver Age, is exciting.

It’s just a rumor right now, but Hollywood trade Variety isn’t your average outlet, so take this one with more than a grain of salt.

The next Batman game is reportedly “highly stylized” and focuses on the first meeting between Batman and The Joker. Actor Mark Hamill has famously voiced Rocksteady’s take on The Joker in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, but Luke Skywalker has emphatically said he wouldn’t return for another game.

The Silver Age saw the original debut of the Justice League of America. Introducing more characters in a game would coincide with DC Comics’ ambitions to follow in Marvel’s footsteps and eventually have its characters united on the silver screen.

It's expected other super heroes would show up. Metropolis, for example, was mentioned several times in Arkham City, and Rocksteady has been known for hiding secrets in plain sight about its next game.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (4630 posts) -

I still wouldn’t be surprised if Rocksteady Studios was soon revealed as a two-game studio also prepping a Superman game (that's just me musing, by the way), but even if that’s not true, Variety’s report about the Batman: Arkham City developer working on another Batman game, this time set in the Silver Age, is exciting.

It’s just a rumor right now, but Hollywood trade Variety isn’t your average outlet, so take this one with more than a grain of salt.

The next Batman game is reportedly “highly stylized” and focuses on the first meeting between Batman and The Joker. Actor Mark Hamill has famously voiced Rocksteady’s take on The Joker in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, but Luke Skywalker has emphatically said he wouldn’t return for another game.

The Silver Age saw the original debut of the Justice League of America. Introducing more characters in a game would coincide with DC Comics’ ambitions to follow in Marvel’s footsteps and eventually have its characters united on the silver screen.

It's expected other super heroes would show up. Metropolis, for example, was mentioned several times in Arkham City, and Rocksteady has been known for hiding secrets in plain sight about its next game.

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#2 Posted by Balljingo (20 posts) -

neat

#3 Posted by MildMolasses (3221 posts) -

Welcome back Patrick

#4 Posted by PXAbstraction (340 posts) -

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#5 Posted by Frootsnax (73 posts) -

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#6 Posted by SmasheControllers (2550 posts) -

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#7 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2341 posts) -

Please no more Joker

#8 Posted by Zaph (274 posts) -

Glad to have you back Patrick.

#9 Posted by vonFlampanker (327 posts) -

@MildMolasses said:

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Seconded!

Also, this could be a very cool idea. Sorta reminds me of that Batman/Planetary crossover where they kept running into all the different Batman versions.

#10 Posted by Duffman10 (4 posts) -

Welcome back! I'm happy to see your writing again!

#11 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

This ham will be good if they embrace the goofiness of the silver agr

#12 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11039 posts) -

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Also, this sounds like a fantastic idea, I just hope that either Mark Hamill changes his mind, or the replacement is dead on.

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#13 Edited by Maystack (906 posts) -

If this means more Aquaman, especially a gritty, awesome version, then I'm all for it.

Also, who are we kidding, Hamill will come back if the script is good enough.

#14 Posted by tyler1285 (177 posts) -

@CaLe: You're on a computer right? Google it.

#15 Posted by Gearhead (2251 posts) -

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#16 Posted by Zamir (507 posts) -

nice to have you back Patrick, hope we can all help transition to normality as best as we can.

#17 Posted by Phuturist (43 posts) -

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#18 Posted by smallmanoncampus (116 posts) -

Glad to have you back Patrick

#19 Posted by feargalr (55 posts) -

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#20 Posted by Brenderous (1101 posts) -

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#21 Posted by leejunfan83 (968 posts) -

@Zaph said:

Glad to have you back Patrick.

#22 Posted by wumbo3000 (971 posts) -

YAY PATRICK!

And also some pretty kick ass news. I'm always down for some Batman.

#23 Posted by Athadam (693 posts) -
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#24 Posted by Siphillis (1292 posts) -

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#25 Posted by solus_impar (76 posts) -

Welcome back, Patrick. It's good to have you.

#26 Posted by CaLe (3988 posts) -

@tyler1285 said:

@CaLe: You're on a computer right? Google it.

I did now.. I'm ashamed of myself because I feel like disemboweling others who ask questions that can be answered by a simple search. I should just die.

#27 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

@SomeDeliCook said:

Please no more Joker

I agree with this! They do know the whole reason their last game worked was because

the Joker died at the end, right? Bringing him back again just convinces me they're gonna weasel out of their promise and Lazarus Pit that dude in Arkham 4.

Hope things are approaching normality, Patrick.

#28 Posted by Jace (1094 posts) -

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#29 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Love you Patrick! Welcome back! :D

#30 Posted by Karkarov (3109 posts) -

Hmm I have to admit it, first time ever an article was posted by Klepek that I couldn't tell it was him before clicking the link. Big improvement that. It will be interesting to see a Silver Age batman story though, I wonder if they will remain faithful to it and eschew the current "popular" bat who is far grittier and darker... Let's hope so.

I like the current Batman bunches but a fresh take will help the game series remain new and hopefully allow them to avoid becoming cliche. Not to mention the insanity that they can bring if they REALLY dig into the silver age...

#31 Posted by 2HeadedNinja (1623 posts) -

I'm not sure if I'm down with that. They made two kickass games so I will give everything they do a shot, but tbh, I don't really like the silver age version of batman, neither in style nor in tone.

And: Welcome back Patrick

#32 Posted by evanbower (1211 posts) -

This sounds great. Haven't played Arkham City yet, but I loved Arkham Asylum, and I think they could do wonderful things with the Batman of a whackier time. A Zurr-En-Arrh level would blow my mind.

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#33 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Any word yet on whether this will be included?

#34 Posted by felakuti4life (145 posts) -

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#35 Posted by theveej (831 posts) -

HAWKMAN IN NEXT BATMAN CONFRIMED!!!!!

#36 Posted by BBQBram (2236 posts) -

"Rocksteady has been known for hiding secrets in plain sight about its next game"

Oh you mean those transcoded secret radio frequencies, the hidden freighter cargo bay and a bunch of other Arkham City easter eggs that quite clearly point to Scarecrow as a major antagonist for the next game? Doesn't necessarily exclude this theory but it seems fishy.

#37 Posted by Master_Funk (733 posts) -

Yay Patrick.

I think this is awesome. Don't really need another super dark batman game, and it'll be interesting to see how rocksteady can change their formula to incorporate this shift in setting.

#38 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -
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#39 Posted by chrissedoff (2109 posts) -

Doing camp well is a very delicate art. I wouldn't advise Rocksteady to go in this direction, but if they do it right, it could be incredible.

#40 Posted by Ballskin (32 posts) -

Love you Patrick bro, welcome back.

#41 Posted by Abendlaender (2807 posts) -

Great Scott!

#42 Posted by DillonWerner (1528 posts) -

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#43 Posted by joku2002 (47 posts) -

Welcome back Tricky. Good to see you writing again.

#44 Posted by Ben_H (3362 posts) -

Happy to see you back, Patrick!

#45 Posted by Brodehouse (9952 posts) -

Is it crazy that I associate Mark Hamill with the Joker more than Luke Skywalker?

#46 Posted by JJOR64 (18995 posts) -

If Adam West has Batman in this game, it would be the best game ever.

#47 Posted by cmblasko (1242 posts) -

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Welcome back, Kotter
#48 Posted by Brodehouse (9952 posts) -

Also please stop quote pyramids. All you do is make the site shitty to read.

#49 Posted by Shaanyboi (1295 posts) -

Welcome back, Patrick! Hope you're doing well.

Anyways, I don't fucking know about this... Like... if this was just a separate thing from the Arkham games, like... not even in the same "continuity" or whatever, that'd be fine. Sure. But if this is just a straight prequel, then it's just going to feel like them cowarding out of moving their story ahead and dealing with what they established in the ending of Arkham City.

I'm sure it'll be good, but it'll feel so fucking uninspired.

Also, if Hamill ain't coming back, get John Dimaggio back in the booth. He was fucking great in Under the Red Hood.

#50 Posted by DHunter329 (86 posts) -

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