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A lot of Bat-news has hit the web today including some well-founded rumors about The Dark Knight Rises, particularly Catwoman‘s role, as well as a spoiler-y summation of the first chapter of Rocksteady’s highly anticipated, Batman: Arkham City. It’s a great time to be Bat-fan!

Not to spoil all the fun for anyone who doesn’t want to know every possible detail about these upcoming Bat-projects, click the the jump below.

I couldn’t ask for a better post to be writing for you guys, it combines my three favorite things; movies, video-games and comic books. And it’s only better because it’s all about Batman! Let’s get started.

First up we’ve got some rumors from ComicBookMovie.com about Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. What’s of note in these rumors is the kind of role Catwoman will be playing and who the movie’s antagonist will be. Below is news they snagged from Badassdigest,

As she herself confirmed, Anne Hathaway will be Catwoman in the movie. I can’t tell you what role she has in the beginning, but by the end of the story Catwoman isn’t a villain but rather an ally of Batman. And who are they teaming up to take out?

The League of Shadows.

Headed by Talia Al’Ghul. With Bane, who is her muscle/possible love interest. And with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in tow. Is he playing Black Mask? My source didn’t know, but did know that Levitt is certainly an antagonist and involved with the League of Shadows.

I knew it! Once we heard rumors of  casting for multiple female roles I knew one of them had to be Talia. It only makes good movie sense. In Batman Begins the main villain, besides Scarecrow, was Ras Al’Ghul and to complete the trilogy it’s a great idea to bring his daughter and successor in to seek revenge. And it makes for a great team-up to have Bane for extra muscle, or as a distraction because really, the League of Shadows is badass enough they don’t need muscle. Catwoman becoming an ally in the end is not all that surprising either. We all know Catwoman’s been wishy-washy about her villain status for a while and this allows for what I’m hoping will be some awesome girl on girl fight action. Talia vs Catwoman! Gimme!

Still no word on what Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role will be, I’m thinking he’ll be playing an unknown League of Shadows member whose is created primarily for this film. But there was also talk a while back he’d be playing Alberti Falcone, son of Carmine Falcone, the mob boss also from Batman Begins who was played by Tom Wilkinson. This would be a great idea too, bringing in more of the child avenging the parent aspect. Basically, Batman’s made a lot of enemies in the Nolanverse and it’s going to cause a lot of problems for him in the next film.

Okay, our second piece of juicy Bat-news comes from the Guardian who had a chance to play through the first chapter of Batman: Arkham City. Uber jealous! The sequel to the incredible Batman: Arkham Asylum finds the lunatic villains with their own quarter of Gotham to fight over. After the Asylum was basically destroyed a section of Gotham is fenced off for the crazies to run free, under the steady gaze of Hugo Strange, a psychiatrist who is only a few short steps away from being a patient himself. As you can probably guess this open-air prison is complete chaos and is giving the Dark Knight one hell of a workout. Read their article for the entire story about what Batman is facing but here are some choice highlights,

At first though, we get a call from Alfred, letting Batman know that Harvey Dent has Catwoman tied up and hanging above a vat of bubbling acid in an old courthouse building within Arkham City. The crazed District Attorney is on a thug recruitment drive and reckons that murdering Batman’s favourite thief will be a great way to attract new gang members…

…As in the first title, fights are punishingly robust, filled with crunching kicks, punches and elbow smashes. Rocksteady has doubled the number of animations, though, and it shows as Batman segues seamlessly between attacks. When the goons are dispatched, he turns on the snitch who gives up the location of several Riddler trophies, which will be hidden in tricky locations around the city, and should provide clues on the villain’s whereabouts. In this way, Batman is able to piece together side-quests and mini-objectives while also pursuing the main story thread…

…Certainly, the strong design sensibilities of this studio are clear. From the congested skyline to the ruined splendour of the courthouse and the wrecked church strewn with bibles, Arkham City is a detailed vision of the modern Batman mythos, channelling the influence of Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton into a detailed vision of shadowy gothic horror. The Dark Knight looks to have well and truly returned.

I’ve also heard they completely redesigned the detective mode for this game because, if you remember, to find clues you play the whole game in blue vision. Which was a real bummer if you wanted to take in the gorgeous landscape the game developers had slaved over. Again, I really recommend you read the whole plot rundown over at the Guardian as it’s making me most anxious for this game to be realeased. And when is that? Fall of this year for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

source: ComicBookMovie.com & Guardian

Category: Comics, Film, Videogames

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