Arkham City is still about three months away but our nerdy excitement is ready to explode! Particularly because Rocksteady is so damn good at viral marketing. Everywhere you turn there’s another snippet or sneak peak of the upcoming sequel.
Do you remember in Arkham Asylum, all the audio tapes of inmate interviews scattered around? They were creepy, interesting insights in to the minds of Arkham’s sociopaths. This time around they’ve been leaking these interviews at conventions and making them available to those clever enough to decipher riddles left by you know who in the game trailers. But we’re not that smart, we’re freakin’ lazy gamers. That’s why we’ve collected all the leaked audio tapes here for you! Aren’t we grand?
Making these interviews extra special, and frightening, is Dr. Hugo Strange, a man insane enough he might as well be a patient himself. Below is his interview with the Joker (voiced again, marvelously, by Mark Hamill) and beyond the cut are interviews with Two-Face, Catwoman, Riddler and the Penguin.
Give ’em a listen and tell us, just how excited are your for Arkham City? Like on a scale from one to ten? I’m at eleven.
While we anxiously await the release of the video game, Batman: Arkham City this fall, DC is keeping us tweaked out on the Batman high by releasing a six issue mini-series written by Paul Dini bridging the story between Arkham Asylum and AC. The series begins shipping this month and will be available in print and digitally on the same days for $2.99. But in addition to the six issues they’re also releasing eight page digital chapters that will alternate release dates with the paper floppies and will closely examine Batman’s enemies and their motives. These mini comics are only available digitally but you can grab ’em for the sweet deal of $0.99 in the digital store! Maybe a dollar is still too much to ask for a measly eight pages, but, realistically, what else can you get for a buck?
Here’s the scoop on the Batman: Arkham City mini series from DC’s The Source blog,
Written by Batman: The Animated Series writer Paul Dini (who also penned both Arkham games) and drawn by Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City concept artist Carlos D’anda, BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY picks up one year after the original game, where former Arkham Warden turned newly elected Mayor of Gotham City Quincy Sharp has decided to close down the infamous institution. In its stead, he establishes “Arkham City,” the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, inmates can roam free and do whatever they want as long as they don’t try to escape. To run this urban prison, Sharp has appointed Dr. Hugo Strange, a man who knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
The six issue mini series and the eight-page interludes will eventually all be collected in a Batman: Arkham City volume, but you’ll have to wait for that. If their smart they’ll have it compiled in time to release with the video game itself.
This is a smart use of the digital store. These eight page chapters are cheap and exlcusive to the digital format. DC Comics co-publisher and Bat-legend, Jim Lee said,
The digital first stories offer a unique incentive for fans to experience interesting and exciting stories beyond the pages in the printed comic.The additional pages will serve as interludes within the regular issues and won’t be necessary to follow the main story of the miniseries.
I really love the idea of the digital store but I haven’t been wowed by their execution yet. I would like to be able to physically own the digital files, especially if I’m paying the same as print price. But I understand that would only escalate piracy. Damn, dirty pirates ruining it for the rest of us, I say as if I’m completely innocent of the crime. With their current cloud storage system it would be nice to see the price knocked down a bit for these digital comics. Which is why the $0.99 digital chapters are fantastic marketing and deals.
I’ve read this first chapter, focusing on Dr. Hugo Strange and it’s great, short for sure, but great. Very creepy setup for a major villain of the upcoming game and a really nice twist from the chaos and insanity of the Joker. Of course, I’m sure the Joker will get his own chapter, how could he not? Buy and read the first eight page interlude, available today, in the the digital store from Comixology.
Alon Aboutboul is signed up to play a main villain in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. Aboutboul, an Israeli actor who has starred Body of Lies, Munich, and Rambo III. Lately you’ve probably seen him on ABC’s Castle, The Mentalist, or Fringe (Dr. Armand Silva).
The casting news was released and the actor’s wife later confirmed it on her Twitter account. Alon’s role is said to be a “particularly evil mad scientist”. Unfortunately, we don’t know if that is in fact Hugo Strange or could it be Dr. Robert Kirkland Langstrom, the infamous Man-Bat?
The film stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Dark Knight Rises comes to theaters July 20th, 2012
Let Nerdbastards know your thoughts What are your thoughts about this last-mintue casting? Do you think this could Dr. Strange?
In related news the budget for The Dark Knight Rises has been set at $250 million dollars. Heres a look at past budgets.
Batman Begins:Approx. $150 million
The Dark Knight: Approx. $185 million
The Dark Knight Rises: Approx. $250 million
The LA Times reports the partnership between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. revealed that The Dark Knight Rises will have the whopping $250 million for it’s budget.
“While Legendary was a 50/50 partner on 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and sold 16 million DVDs, the film financing and production company has for months been trying to secure a similar ownership stake in the sequel. The film, which like the last two Batman pictures will be directed by Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, is expected to cost at least $250 million to produce.“
$250 million budget, what tricks do you think Nolan will pull out of his magic directing bag with that kind of money? I am betting this movie will be over the top visually.
Ever since we found out that Tom Hardy (Inception) was being cast in Christopher Nolan’s new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, the rumors have been flying! We’ve heard everything from him playing a gotham cop to even playing the Riddler, but of course we know that’s not the case (Chris Nolan said the the riddle man is not in the picture). Then it was speculated that he might take on the role of Dr. Hugo Strange, In the comics, Strange is a genius, mad scientist who becomes obsessed with Batman, learns his secret identity and ends up dressing up like him. In Nolan’s Gotham, he likes to keep villains slightly more grounded in reality. So, it seemed like a logical idea.
With that said, there may be some truth to those theories. Sites like Ain’t It Cool News are saying that the plot of The Dark Knight Rises may be based on the comic‘Prey’which heavily focuses on the Dr. Strange character. The plot of Prey unfolds as thus,
It begins with a task force, headed by Commissioner Gordon, assigned to hunt Batman and devolves into Dr. Strange dressing up as, and psychologically toying with, Batman and Bruce Wayne once he figures out his identity.
Although the entire story of the Dark Knight Rises may not be based on the Prey comic it may slightly inspire it. The is also a tiny feature for Catwoman which is sweet because it will allow for another villain and also fuels those rumors that Nolan still may be looking to cast a sexy female to play a part in the final installment of Nolan’s Batman saga.
So what do you guys think of the potential Prey storyline? Do you like it, and is Nolan going in the right direction by doing it??