Earlier this week the latest DC Universe animated feature – Batman: Assault on Arkham – released digitally and on DVD/Blu-ray. This one, however, isn’t tied to The New 52 continuity DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Animation are building with films like Justice League: War and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis, but is instead linked with the Batman: Arkham video game universe. While at San Diego Comic-Con I participated in roundtable interviews with many of Assault on Arkham‘s creators and cast: director Jay Oliva, producer James Tucker, writer Heath Corson, voice director Andrea Romano, and voice talent Kevin Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, and John DiMaggio. Hit the jump for their input on making Batman: Assault on Arkham! (more…)
In a case of film imitating video games imitating comic books, the next DC Comics Animated Universe movie has been revealed to be based on the Batman: Arkham video game franchise. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time a comic book movie’s been inspired by a comic book video game, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Arkham games have inspired this shift given the influence they’ve had on the comic books. So when might you be able to put this new artifact of modern cross-promotion, Batman: Assault on Arkham, in your Blu-ray player? Read on. (more…)
The preview trailer for the newly announced Batman: Arkham Knighthit yesterday, and it was siiiick. Heck, my Bat nipples were beaming in excitement…and I wasn’t even wearing my Batsuit. Coming off the 3rd, mediocre installment (if you take it as expanded game play to Arkham City and not a new game, it’s not that bad), it’s with much delight to see franchise back in the hands of Rock Steady Studios; the makers of first two titles in the critically acclaimed series. That, and Kevin Conroy will be back to voice (the only true voice) Batman! Between Conroy, Rocksteady and the absolutely stunning cinematics shown in the trailer, justifying spending 700$ on a new console just got a whole lot easier.
Since the trailer broke, a barrage of of details and images have surfaced. One update in particular could change Batman canon as we know it… (more…)
He’s played Batman longer than anybody, and he hasn’t had to spent even one day in the costume (unless, of course, he did so recreationally). Actor Kevin Conroy has been THE voice of Batman since Batman: The Animated Series first premiered in the fall of 1992 on Fox. Conroy’s voiced the Caped Crusader and his alter ego Bruce Wayne in roughly 10 series, seven movies and eight video games, and recently he did an interview with DC Comics to recount his nearly quarter of a century (?!?!?!) in the Batcave. (more…)
Well, that is if you are a fan of the DC Animated Universe. Tim Daly‘s web series, The Daly Show, has a new episode in which the former voice of Superman faces off against thé voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. The short (that was written and directed by Ben Shelton) is replete with the usual humor we’ve seen from the show before, but with a certain edge to it this time. That edge being Kevin Freakin’ Conroy saying that line from The Dark Knight Returns.
So far, the news of the new Arkham game, Batman: Arkham Origins hasn’t exactly had me going out of my mind with excitement, and that’s because this one isn’t coming from Rocksteady. And it isn’t a continuation of Arkham City, Paul Dini has no involvement, and it won’t feature Mark Hamill as The Joker. That isn’t to say it’ll be a bad game, but already so much is different I’m a little worried.
Then came the news Kevin Conroy will indeed be back as Batman, and a sighed a little sigh of relief. Now, a new cinematic trailer has hit and it has me all the more relieved, and finally, a little excited. While there’s still no gameplay footage – what everything really hinges on – this trailer gives a good impression of the artistry Warner Bros. Montreal is capable of and their vision for game. Which is, a totally sick fight between Batman and Deathstroke, with a couple surprise guests.
I’m ready for a movie! How fun was that to have Deadshot appear!? If that’s how the game will flow, villains popping in and out as Batman tries to keep the peace, this might actually be a fun diversion from what we’ve played in Asylum and City. And, it’ll be super cool to roam all of Gotham City, especially on Christmas Eve.
There’s also a few new shots that have been released, including our first look as The Joker, who yes, will appear, but no, isn’t be voiced by Hamill. It’s another change that has me seriously worried, but my verdict will be held until I hear what new guy, Troy Baker, does.
When it comes to the voice of Batman, there’s only one true Dark Knight vocalizer, and that is the great Kevin Conroy. He’s given utterance to Gotham’s greatest protector throughout the 90’s animated series, the subsequent animated movies, and video games. The latter of which, Batman: Arkham Asylum, has been heralded by critics and fans alike as the greatest of all the Batman games, if not the best super hero video games of all time. Speaking of which, there’s been a lot of hullabaloo over the latest installment.
Developed by Warner Bros. Games Montreal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Fans are miffed for a few reasons.
1. Prequel smequel – too many cliche origin stories now. Everyone was hoping for a Batman Beyond Arkham Asylum or something.
2. Mark Hamill will not reprise his role of the Joke.
3. Batman writer and lead collaborator Paul Dini will have no involvement this time around.
4. The game is produced/developed by Warner Bros. Games, not it’s previous creators Rocksteady Studios.
Basically, fans fear this be a poorly produced game – nothing but a quick cash grab banking on the success of the previous installments.
Well, the nay-Sayers may have a reason to feel a little better. Kevin Conroy confirmed this weekend at Dallas Comic-Con that he will return as Batman. Why? BECAUSE HE’S BATMAN. Alright, so the voice of Batman is back; interest level has jumped a little. Regardless, there’s still a large worry that this game will not live up to it’s predecessors.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available for the Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 25, 2013.
The next animated feature from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation will be based on 2011’s Flashpoint, the comic that saw the old DC Universe die out and merge into The New 52. It’s an interesting choice to develop a movie based on such a recent comic, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess it’s being chosen to further ingrain The New 52 in the public consciousness. Or they just think it’s a good story. I disagree, but you don’t see anyone asking what comics I want to see become animated features. ::cough::TheKillingJokeStarringMarkHamill::cough::
Opinions of Flashpoint aside, the cast for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – the animated version’s new title – looks stellar. Fan favorites Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion are all returning as Batman, Lois Lane, and Green Lantern, respectively. Some new, big names are also on the roster, like Ron Perlman as Slade/Deathstroke and Cary Elwes as Aquaman. There’ll be another Batman in this one, too, and as readers of the comics know it’s not Bruce Wayne. Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Rome) will play the other Batman, Michael B. Jordan is Cyborg, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice‘s Black Canary) is Wonder Woman, Sam Daly (son of often-Superman, Tim Daly) is Superman, C. Thomas Howell (Southland, The Amazing Spider-Man) is the story’s main villain Professor Zoom, and Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy) takes on the starring role of The Flash.
All right, this cast has me pretty excited, possibly enough I’ll overlook their poor decision in adapting Flashpoint. What do you guys think? Conroy back as Batman is always welcomed, but I might even be more pumped for Elwes as the King of the Sea. That’s right, Aquaman fangirl right here.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox will release on DVD, Blu-ray, on-demand, and digitally on July 30th.
It’s a little ridiculous how amped I am for NetherRealm Studios‘ new fighter featuring the characters of the DC Universe. Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe this is most definitely not. Injustice: Gods Among Us has wowed us with every teaser, trailer and gameplay featurette, and they’re not slowing down one bit releasing yet another trailer at this week’s Tokyo Game Show in Japan.
Check out the bone-crushing, world shattering action in their latest trailer,
What’s impressed me so much is almost everything they’ve shown us is in-game action. The few cuts scenes shown are when a character initiates a combo, but all the interaction with the environment and fellow players is all controlled by you, and that’s exactly what you want from a fighter. This immersive experience they’re promising is a big reason I’m considering snagging this when it releases in April.
PLUS. Did you happen to recognize the voice comin’ outta Batman’s mouth!? That’s right, Kevin Conroy is voicing Bats in Injustice increasing the game’s coolness factor exponentially.
Will you picking up Injustice: Gods Among Us for either the Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii U?
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Above: Some of you probably have fond memories of The Rocketeer. Others might be like, wha-? Either way you really can’t deny how fantastic this gender-swapped cosplay is. The retro-ness is perfectly accented by those garters, as well as a few other things. Photographed by gsrho. (CBM)