The staff at NerdBastards is very much divided on the Michael Bay-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies. Half of us watched the first film and secretly acknowledged that it at was at least a good way to waste two hours of our time. The other half bayed at the heavens as soon as they caught wind of the new CGI Turtles, cringed as they watched the first teasers roll in and slowly curled themselves into the fetal position all the way up to Act 3. With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of The Shadows recently announced, most of us feared a repeat of the oh-so-gradual lapse in quality that began with Secret Of The Ooze. What we didn’t expect however, was that the movies would be as bold as to introduce one of the TMNT’s cartoon series most iconic villains. (more…)
Rocksteady’s fantastic Batman series may have come to a close, but as we all know, they’re never short on awesome goodies for the fans. In this package, we’ll see the 1989 film’s hardass Batman who danced with the devil in the ‘goofy artist’ Tim Burton’s dark masterpiece…
More bat goodness after the jump… (more…)
There’s a new Xbox commercial out for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game from Rocksteady Studios making the Internet rounds. It’s got very little to do with the game and everything to do with the game’s players because everyone wants to be Batman. This video shows you how. (more…)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 production continues to grow with the addition of Gary Anthony Williams to the cast. He’s reported to play Bebop, which means we should also be hearing some Rocksteady casting news in the near future. You’ve seen Williams on television as Malcolm’s best friend Stevie’s father on Malcolm in the Middle and you’ve heard his voice in a ton of cartoons series like The Boondocks where he voiced Uncle Ruckus. (more…)
In a gaming sea of rehashes, remasters, and disastrous launches, it’s great to know that we have Batman to pull us out of the gloom with a kickass new game. Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady’s finale to their critically acclaimed, much loved Arkham franchise, is one of the few releases carrying the 8th generation torch this year, almost single-handedly justifying a console upgrade. That said, it’s great to know that Rocksteady and WB Games weren’t afraid to throw some delays our way to make sure that they launch the best game possible and now, after announcing another 3 week delay, we’ve been given a final launch date and a look at some exciting new gameplay to wet our appetites. (more…)
Captain America. Spider-Man. Superman. The list of heroes whose comic book deaths broke our hearts goes on and on and this week, another name was added to the list. While this character may not have been a “superhero”, per se, there is no doubt that his actions both on the page and on the big screen were heroic and selfless, and many comic book readers considered him a favorite of his group. After 30 years of being one of the heroes on a half shell, Donatello has been killed at the hands of Bebop and Rocksteady. (more…)
Maybe it’s just me, but I only know a handful of people who have adopted to next generation gaming. I know more people who are instead holding off on getting an X-Box One or Playstation 4 until better gaming titles are released. With the Holidays around the corner, there happens to be a slew of big titles coming. Titles that will undoubtedly push a few fence sitters over to fresher gaming pastures. One of the biggest, most anticipated, and outright siiiiick looking titles – Batman Arkham Knight – was arguably the sole reason to buy a new system before the end of 2014. Well, unfortunately, those who were ready to throw their money at the nearest Gamestop will have to wait. How long? I don’t think you wanna know. But, hey, there is some good news too! (more…)
Batman junkies may be a little irked that Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight video game has been delayed until next year. But, like all things we grow to love, it sometimes takes time to produce a top-notch game. One thing the gamer team has been showing off recently is a look at the way the Batmobile mechanics work. Unfortunately, the teaser we received doesn’t really go into detail about how these mechanics actually function in-game. Now, a voice in the dark has spoken up in an effort to enlighten us a bit about what we can expect. (more…)
Words out that Warner Brothers will be adding to the Batman:Arkham gaming franchise later this year. During a recent financial review, Time Warner‘s CFO and chief administrative officer John Martin confirmed that:
“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.“
You might remember that earlier this year Warner Brothers registered 15 new domain names featuring the key word Arkham.
Batman Arkham Universe
Batman Arkham Arises
Batman Arkham Begins
Batman Arkham Dark Knight
Batman Arkham Knight
Batman Arkham Legend
Batman Arkham Legends
Batman Arkham Night
Batman Arkham Origins
Batman Arkham Stories
Dark Knight Arkham
DC Arkham Universe
The Arkham Universe
Any of these could be the future title of the next Batman: Arkham (Something) game. What really concerns me is that VG27 is reporting that Rocksteady, the company developer of the first two wonderfully successful games, won’t be developing the new game. That could spell trouble. Paul Dini, the writer for the first two game’s script content is also not involved in the new project. That’s strike two in my book.
How many successful franchises or businesses can you name that dumped all the talented individuals or companies involved in the creation of said success and followed up that move with even greater successes? I can’t think of any. That Batman: Arkham baby is going to be without bath water or bath tub after that move. Add in that the game is going to be released later this year, when other games have labored years before being released to lack luster reviews and you’ve got a mixture just waiting to blow up in Warner Brothers investors faces.
The rumored story line for the new game is a Silver-Age Arkham story featuring the first time Batman meets Joker. Although that could be an interesting look at both characters, that alone won’t carry the game through if the game play and visuals don’t surpass the already high bar set by the first two games.
What do you think about all of this? I was blown away by both Batman: Arkham games and would hate to see the franchise tarnished.
So, Warner Bros. is actually, hopefully, maybe, really making a Justice League movie. There’s a 2015 release date attached as well as a bevy of rumors about who will comprise this first live-action, big screen assembly of the League. But before that, WB wants to focus on heightening the public awareness of the Justice League. Personally, I’d say bring back that Justice League cartoon, but WB isn’t known for seeking my advice. Instead they’re tapping Rocksteady, – y’know, those Brits behind Arkham Asylum and Arkham City – to create a video game starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and various other high profile members of the Justice League.
Variety‘s reporting this game, which is expected for a 2014 release, will be a prequel to 2009’s Arkham Asylum and feature, “Batman’s first meeting with the Joker.” Their article also alludes to a 1950s setting in where we see Batman first meet Supes, Wondy, and the rest, but as totally awesome as that would be, it’s far more likely the game will fit in more with the New 52 League. Which is a shame, because a 50s Justice League had me thinking of Darwyn Cooke’s “The New Frontier” and, oh man, how kick ass of a game would that be?!?!
Anyway, the Justice League is popping up a fair amount in video games lately. They are, of course, featured in DC Universe Online, they’re now a part of the LEGO universe with LEGO Batman 2, and they’re in a brand new fighting game next year titled Injustice: Gods Among Us. But let’s be honest, those Rocksteady games are the pinnacle of super hero video games. It’s a tough order, but an they really bring a game in where the Justice League is both represented as “realistic” and fun to play?
What do you bastards think of this news? Is this a smart move for Rocksteady, or should they stick with only Batman?