Rocksteady Working on Silver Age Batman Prequel?
I have serious doubts about the veracity of this one, but apparently an article in Variety today claims that Rocksteady Studios, the developer behind the Arkham franchise of Batman games, is working on a prequel project that’s set before Batman ever met the Joker.
The article says that the title will be “highly stylized,” and will be “based on the Silver Age of DC’s comic books from the 1950s when the Caped Crusader teamed with other heroes like Superman and founded the Justice League of America.” The piece says that the studio will shoot for a 2014 release for the game at the earliest.
The rationale for the supposed game, it seems, are the efforts on Warner Brothers’ part to create a “Justice League” movie—which makes sense given the monstrous success that Marvel’s Avengers flick proved to be this summer. Apparently such a movie won’t happen until 2015, so they’re trying to get folks into the idea of the Justice League as a concept to ramp up to a big screen blockbuster. Part of that effort is the Justice League fighting game that was announced last month–which has a definitively un-Silver Age feel to it. And, of course, let’s not forget LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
Now, there are no sources cited in this article whatsoever, so I’d take it all with a grain of salt. As awesome as that sounds, I have some severe doubts that Rocksteady would change things up so much as to focus on the Silver Age, not to mention an ensemble-type game that would include so many other heroes. I would guess that maybe Warner Brothers is thinking about ways to make a game like this happen, but more likely it would go to another studio…right? I just don’t know…I mean, even if they wanted to make a Justice League game, why would they take it back to the Silver Age? Again, I’d be all for it…but it doesn’t seem like the kind of thing that the gritty and noir-ish Arkham developers would want to go for, especially considering that the Silver Age-themed Batman: Brave and the Bold was canned after three seasons of really excellent cartoons.
I don’t know. What do you think about this? Is it all just a load of hooey? Or is it the real deal?