Batman Rises And Begins To Return To Arkham Forever... And Robin

Courtesy of Rocksteady Games

As they did in the lead up to Batman: Arkham City, Warner Bros. has registered for 15 new domain names for the supposed prequel to the Arkham games, giving gamers a hint at where the franchise might be going. They are:
  • (Arkham Universe)
  • (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)
  • (DC Arkhamverse)
  • (The Arkham Universe)
 I think we can eliminate some of these straight away. Any that don't start with Batman are right out, as are any that play on the names of any of the recent films. Also gone are any that simply upscale the size of Arkham, as the last game did (there were jokes in the game to that effect. Arkham World, and what have you). By my count that leaves Legends, Origins and Stories as the possible contenders, and any of those would be fine titles for a prequel. Right now, mark my words, one of those three options will be the final title.

What do we know about about the game? Not much. We don't even know it will be a prequel. The last anyone heard, Rocksteady, who developed the previous two games, was working on a game set in the Silver Age, which everyone took to mean an Arkham prequel. Paul Dini won't be writing it (or wasn't hired to write anything, which would have been the first thing done, before development started). And Mark Hamill won't be returning as the Joker, as he announced after the last game came out (it was largely reported as his retirement, but he later qualified his statement, saying he'd return to the role if he felt he could top his performance from Asylum, which let's be honest here, neither he nor anyone else probably could).

Personally, I'd like to see more of the Arkham DC universe. Or, at least, Gotham proper (and Bludhaven). I feel like, even going back in time, the Joker relationship and storyline has been played out (and rather concluded). Time to flex the muscles a little, broaden the scope. Bring back Kevin Conroy, because obviously, and get the rest of the DCAU voice actors to reprise their roles. Tim Daly (or George Newbern), Susan Eisenberg, maybe a touch of Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern. Make it a true best-of-the-best game. Or, go another route, and make a complete Bat-family title. Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing were in the last game, how about having Oracle make a physical appearance, or Black Canary? Huntress, Batgirl (any of them, but my heart belongs to Stephanie Brown), Batwoman, the Question, more the Gotham PD. The series has managed to be one of the best versions of Batman in any medium, and I want to see more.

Just, stay away from Man-Bat (you know, Rocksteady would probably make it work)

Via ComicsAlliance.
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