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Studio To Get Their Grubby Hands on Batman: Arkham Sequel

Or should I say prequel.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. is taking a firmer hand in the third part of the Batman: Arkham series. It’s going to be a prequel, and it’s going to tell the story of how Batman first met the Joker. Not only that, but it’s apparently going to include appearances by the Justice League.

F*** this.

Pardon my potty mouth

According to that article, Warner Bros. has finally started to get their act together in preparation for a live action Justice League movie in 2015. And part of that process involves steering all of their existing properties towards that goal – including properties that are really popular and have nothing to do with a Justice League movie. Properties like the Batman: Arkham games.

You know what’s great about the Batman: Arkham games? That they’re not a tie-in to anything. Superhero movie tie in games suck. Sometimes they’re playable, like the Captain America movie tie in game, but most of the time they just flat out suck! The Batman Begins tie in game was terrible, especially compared to Batman: Arkham Asylum, which came out a short time later. Game developer Rocksteady had the freedom to create their own version of Batman on their own timetable, and not rush it out to stores in time for the movie’s release. Rocksteady has created this amazing world and story in their two Batman: Arkham games, and we all want to see that story continue.

Along with Batman/Commissioner Gordon co-op

Nobody wants to see a freakin’ prequel to the Arkham games! Nobody likes prequels! We want to know what happens next, not what happened before. Where does the story go from the end of Arkham City? Going back in time to tell a prequel accomplishes nothing! Rocksteady are on the verge of telling a Batman story that’s never been done before. What happens after the Joker is dead? That’s a fascinating question! Let Rocksteady tell that story! They already alluded to an angrier, more volatile Batman in their Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC. So obviously something is wrong with Batman. Obviously Rocksteady has something good planned.

Damn prequels.

I’m less worried about the Justice League appearance. Based on my classic List of Six about what I want to see in the third Batman: Arkham game, cameos by the Justice League are on that list. I think it would be cool – but not like this.

Studio executives do not know how to be creative. That’s why they are studio executives and handle the money. Keep in mind, I have no real idea how studios work, but whenever a studio tries to mess around with a creative person’s project, they f*** it up! Do you know why Sam Raimi’s third Spider-Man movie was so bad? Because of the studio! After the success of the first two, where he had total creative control, the studio stepped in and started making demands. The studio demanded that Venom be in the movie because he was popular, but Raimi didn’t want Venom. The studio won that argument, and Spider-Man 3 sucked.

Personally, I think Raimi  made a bad movie on purpose just to stick it to the studio.

Keep the studio heads away from the creative properties. Nothing good will come of it. Especially if they’re demanding that the next game tie in to their Justice League plans.

It will spell doom for us all.

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Review: Harley Quinn’s Revenge

I’m tempted to give this mini-game a 5 out of 5 because they let you play as Robin, but I think I’ll be a little bit more professional. Harley Quinn’s Revenge is the brand new epilogue DLC for that exceptional game Batman: Arkham City, which came out last October. I gave the main game a 5 out of 5 because it was one hell of an awesome game. Arkham City was phenomenal, a perfect sequel that gave us a bigger and more badass game than the first. Everything was improved, from the characters, to the gameplay to the game world.

That the developers, Rocksteady, would come along all these months later and give us one final helping of Arkham goodness defines the very reason why modern games should have DLC. That Harley Quinn’s Revenge isn’t as groundbreaking or as amazing as Arkham City itself does not speak ill of the effort.

Game rating: 3/5: Alright.

She’s had better days

The magic and excitement of Arkham City is gone, sad to say. The high octane energy I felt when it first came out has simply faded away, replaced by other games. So stepping back into this world, I was immediately reminded how sloppy and out-of-practice I’ve become. The signature Arkham gameplay is fun to master, but more than a little frustrating when you have to remind yourself how it works on the fly. Harley Quinn’s Revenge brings very little new to the table. It’s essentially just a long-lost final chapter to the main game, wrapping up a loose end in the story that nobody was particularly worried about wrapping up. It’s a suitable distraction and reminder of how much fun this game series really is.

And holy crap, guys, they let you play as Robin in story mode! It’s a move so brilliant that I’m still at a loss that Rocksteady would have the guts to make it! I respect them even more now!

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Robin Kicking Ass in Sweet New ‘Harley’s Revenge’ Trailer

I need to hurry up and beat Diablo 3 soon, because the new DLC for Batman: Arkham City is right around the corner. Everything has been confirmed. It’s a full story-style mission, tying up the loose ends of Arkham City. And it’s going to feature Robin in game mode, sneaking through levels and taking down bad guys. How awesome is that? Rocksteady are clearly proud of their badass Robin redesign. And they should be. This is the coolest Robin has been in ages.

Sadly though, Robin won’t be able to go out and explore the rest of Arkahm City, which is just stupid. Would it really be that difficult to program Robin into the rest of the game world? Probably…what do I know about video game programming?

Anyway, enjoy the trailer!

Hey Gang, Guess What! Harley Quinn has a Butt!

That’s the number one thing to take away from the latest tease trailer of the Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC. We get next to nothing new about gameplay, storyline or Robin – but it’s a new trailer for the Arkham City DLC, so of course I’m going to post it! Enjoy!

A Tiny Peek at Harley Quinn’s Revenge

Harley Quinn’s Revenge is real, baby! And it’s coming to us at the end of May! Not only is it going to be attached to the upcoming Game of the Year Edition of Batman: Arkham City, but the DLC itself is going to be available for Playstation 3 on May 29 for $9.99, and then for X-Box: 360 on May 30 for 800 Microsoft Points! Hells yeah! And it’s definitely going to be a new story mission, not just challenge maps and the like. Which means we are actually going to get Robin as part of a story mission! Perhaps he’ll even be free to move around Arkham City!

I knew buying that Arkham City Robin action figure wasn’t a waste of money!

Anyway, check out this video and you can see about 5 seconds of Harley.

Or you can just look at this screenshot to get the entire gist of that 5 seconds. Apparently Harley is going to dye her hair black. Perhaps because she’s in mourning?

For some reason, DC Comics apparently just hates Harley's classic look.

As always, I will keep you lovely readers informed about any further developments.

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