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The Next Batman Arkham Game Rumoured To Be Based On '60s Batman

Holy dodgy rumours, Batman!

The next Arkham game, published by Warner Bros. has been claimed to set in a different period to the two existing games. Batman: Arkham Origins is touted as the title. Origins was among a number of potential titles suggested by recent domain acquisitions, along with subtitles like “Begins” and “Legend”.

We had recently also heard rumours – coming from LinkedIn CVs – that RockSteady would not be working on the next game in the series, with development duties instead falling to Warner Bros. Montreal. Warner has stated that there will be an Arkham game in 2013 during a financial call but there’s been no reveal as yet so we’re taking any of these rumours with a pinch of salt until something more firm leaks out.

That said, a fresh rumour on Gameblog.fr has suggested a new game in the series that’s based on the 1950s or 1960s version of the character. This new rumour, with an unsubstantiated source, suggest that the game could also feature other members of the Justice League.

While none of this is confirmed, there is a little bit of corroborating evidence – albeit circumstantial. For starters, Warner Bros. are surely keen to get the idea of the Justice League out to a wider audience as their film business continues pressing for a movie featuring DC’s superhero team. There was also a recent rights acquisition by Warner that saw them seal the deal on the camp 1960s television series version of Batman that starred Adam West.

Since that deal was done, Warner has been keen on producing plenty of merchandising (and a new comic line) based on it so a game doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch of the imagination. Whether they’d choose to pollute the excellent Arkham series with a version of the character that’s so ridiculous, it’s almost offensive is another or whether that might be a totally separate game is another question.

It’s also worth remembering that there have been some hints that the new Arkham game would be set in the Silver Age, which spanned the late ’50s and ’60s. This would mean less dark realism like the Nolan trilogy and Rocksteady’s games and more spandex and cheesy moralistic heavy-handedness.

All very plausible, but totally unsubstantiated at this point so proceed with caution. There’s plenty of interesting speculation to be had though, on whether this kind of twist in the Arkham series would interest or enrage. Personally, as a big fan of both previous Arkham games and Batman in general, I’d hate to see them turn to this period for the Arkham series but I can imagine it’s possible to create something fun with it as a totally separate game.

  1. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    Shark repellant spray!

    Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 10:49.
    • hazelam
      Since: Feb 2009

      some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.

      Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 12:19.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

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        Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 12:46.
    • Eldur
      Since: Nov 2012

      *Cough* Shark Repellant BAT Spray *Cough*

      Comment posted on 30/03/2013 at 17:00.
  2. kjkg
    Since: Apr 2010

    I think I’d be slightly disappointed if they went down the more camp, less rugged look of Batman.
    Was it not the dark and gritty nature of the movies and Arkham games that probably caused the boom in Batmans popularity? I always felt it was that realism (well relatively speaking) that got me so invested in the caped crusader..

    Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 10:54.
  3. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    It will be interesting to see 60s Batman get the video game treatment. I do wish that it was Adam West from Family Guy dressed up as Batman. :p

    If they do plan on doing a Justice League crossover with Batman, surely having a sequel to Arkham City is the right way to do it instead of doing an unrelated game. I suspect they will put in a lot of cheesy dialogue in on purpose and use that POW, PUNCH signs from the show in the gameplay.

    Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 10:54.
  4. elpablo79
    Since: May 2009

    I’d be quite interested in the Adams and O’Neil 70’s era Batman, some great stories, characters and styles. It also could work as a separate thing to the Arkham series while still avoiding the “cheesy” fears some have

    Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 11:56.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      yes, 70s era Batman has some real potential. That was kind of the birth of what grew into modern Batman, wasn’t it? When they realised that this character’s motivation could be justifiable without such a suspension of disbelief.

      Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 12:48.
  5. bunimomike
    Since: Jul 2009

    Batman’s physique is hilariously over the top so he’ll look completely out of place in the 70s Batman outfit (as he does already if you have the skins loaded). Hope they dial it down several notches and take him off steroids.

    Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 21:48.
  6. rht992
    Since: Apr 2009

    Any word on who’ll be writing it? If the story is penned by the same people as the last two games it could be an interesting follow up since they clearly know the source and understand how to translate it into a video game.
    I wouldn’t mind a camp 60’s batman with shark spray at all if it were separate from the current series. Could make its own charming, funny appearance as a downloadable game.

    Comment posted on 29/03/2013 at 23:29.
  7. freezebug2
    Since: Dec 2008

    Derek and Rodney Trotter?

    Comment posted on 30/03/2013 at 11:32.

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