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News about DC Universe’s Harley Quinn animated series is starting to surface. Quinn’s new show seems to be one of the most anticipated original content coming out of the DC Universe. We already know that The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco is cast as Harley, Lake Bell joins her as Poison Ivy, and Diedrich Bader comes in as Batman. Thanks to Bader letting it slip during an interview, he’s already done a session with the show’s Joker. The Joker should be very a pretty important part of the story. If used sparingly to strengthen the impact, the character could be a driving force for Harley, assuming they go with a more liberated, post-Joker-break-up-Harley. Who joins DC Universe’s Harley Quinn and the other incredible voice actors that have brought Joker to life?

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In this day in age when celebrities (and most people, really) are so afraid of potentially offending a person or a group, or are so cautious that something they say or do will be caught on camera or video and taken out of context, isn’t is great when we get to see a celeb just let loose with some foul language or a sick joke, to help remind us lowly fans that they are, in fact, people just like us?  A perfect example that springs to mind is Bryan Cranston’s epic (and epically left-field) burn on a fan during a Q&A panel recently at San Diego Comic Con.  Well, hang on to your hats, kids, because I’ve got another raunchy celebrity experience to share with you!

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One the many games presenting their wares this year in San Diego is the next installment of the Batman: Arkham franchise, Batman: Arkham Origins. It’s the first of the Arkham games not coming from Rocksteady, it’s without a story from Paul Dini, and won’t include Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill reprising their iconic roles. But none of this has hindered fans’ excitement, most of who are just itching for a chance to play in Gotham as an earlier, rookie Batman.

On the panel were WB Games Montréal‘s Eric Holmes, Mark Pocini, actors Roger Craig Smith (Batman), and Troy Baker (Joker). Oh! And this guy, Jeff somebody… oh, crap what was his name? Oh yeah! Geoff Johns. You DC fans *might* be familiar with his work.

Johns spoke on how much enjoys the depth and scope given to these characters in the Arkham games. He also hinted about games only getting “bigger and better,” but of course, he couldn’t reveal in any detail what he was talking about. Craig Smith, the new voice of Batman, recognizes he’s got some big shoes to fill, but is confidant in his Batman voice,

If only these tweets were auditory.

The new Joker, Troy Baker, is no stranger to voicing video game characters as he’s done voice work for both The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite, but he’s very aware of the iconic nature of this role,

For more on the Batman: Arkham Origins panel, check out DC Comics’ official recap. But first! You want to see the newest trailer featuring Origins‘ take on the assassin, Copperhead? Of course you do, hit the jump!

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Ever since it was announced another Batman: Arkham game was on its way the response has been mixed. On one hand, hell yes give us another Arkham game! The series has given us not only the best Batman games, ever, but both Asylum and City are two of the best video games of recent years, period. On the other hand, Batman: Arkham Origins isn’t coming from Rocksteady, won’t feature a story from acclaimed Batman writer Paul Dini, or feature the iconic voice work of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. And without any of those guys involved, well, let’s just say we’re being cautiously optimistic.

Warner Bros. Montreal has reassured us they’re working from Rocksteady’s code, and after watching this latest gameplay trailer from E3, I believe ’em. Everything’s coming back to me: the stealth attacks, detective mode, the way Batman can whoop ass on multiple dudes without breaking a sweat. Everything that made us fall in love with the Arkham series is in here, and more.

I love how you recreate a helicopter crash in detective mode. I love that they’re bringing in some of Batman’s heaviest hitters: Deathstroke, Deadshot, Bane. I love the setting of Christmas Eve in Gotham. I love the idea of playing a rookie Bats, and hope they can properly reflect that in the gameplay. I love Black Mask being at the center of it all, and yes, I love that The Joker still makes an appearance. And from the little we heard, both Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker sound great as Bats and Joker, respectively.

It was unclear if Conroy was actually returning, since he did confirm he’d been working on another Arkham game, I had to listen to this a couple times, but that’s definitely not him in this trailer. Maybe he plays some role as an older Batman?

I’m still holding my judgement until I can at least play a demo, but so far so very, very good I’d say. Everything I’d expect is there, and I simply cannot wait for October 25th to roll around. How excited are you for Batman: Arkham Origins?

Source: Geek Tyrant

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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.

Batman: Arkham Origins is releasing October 25th. Think you’ll pre-order for the chance to play as Deathstroke?

Sources: Bleeding Cool, Hero Complex via CBM

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