Rumour: Third “Batman: Arkham” Game To Be A Prequel

By Ishaan . July 11, 2012 . 11:15am

The third title in Warner Bros. and Rocksteady’s series of Batman: Arkham games will be a prequel, according to a report on the website of Variety magazine. The game will allegedly focus on Batman’s first meeting with the Joker.


Variety describe the game as a “highly stylized” title, based on the Silver Age of DC’s comics from the 1950s, and mention the possibility of an appearance from members of the Justice League, which Batman first helped found during this period.


Provided this third game does feature the Joker once more, it’s likely that Mark Hamill will not be returning to voice the character, as previously stated by him. Warner Bros. and Rocksteady have made no official announcements regarding a third Batman: Arkham game yet, but we’ll keep an eye out for news.

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  • Cephrien

    Aaaaadam Weest~

  • MrRobbyM

    Geez. They’re pumpin’ these out like Assassin’s Creed.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Assassin’s Creed (post-1) = yearly.

      Arkham Asylum in ’09, City in ’11, and this is rumored for ’14.

      Assassin’s Creed it is not.

      • MrRobbyM

        It’s just a saying, really. That I just invented right now…

        Here’s a situation one might use it.

        > Hay, you sure do have a lot of kids!
        < Yeah, I know! I'm pumpin' them out like Assassin's Creed!


        • Solomon_Kano


  • SirRichard

    At least Rocksteady are still handling it, so it’s in good hands. Not entirely sure how I feel about a Silver Age-styled world and Batman, but who knows, could be a lot of silly fun.

    • Well, if anything, I’d imagine this to be some sort of “Year One” type re-imagining of the Silver Age. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed, though. I was hoping for them to escalate things further, not do a cop-out. :(

      There were so many great teases in Arkham City, Azrael being one of them. They could totally have done something with the Order of St. Dumas that wasn’t in the original comics. Maybe similar to Batman Begins, but substituting the League of Shadows with the Order instead.

      Now we’ll never get to see anything of the sort.


  • Strain42

    Batman: Arkham Prequel – “Because we REALLY wanted to use The Joker again”

    That’s the tagline.

  • Roberto Armando Iraheta

    I mean, that’s cool and all to have a Silver Age throwback, but don’t you want to finish off the ridiculous amounts of loose plot threads that City left off?

  • Saying it with Batmans words from Arkham Asylum’s Intro: “I don’t like it!”

  • Wake

    It won’t be the same if Hamill isn’t voicing Joker. But hey, it’s still a Arkham game so I’m buying this day one.

    But if this really is just a rumor and if Rocksteady isn’t making a new Batman game, I’m cool with that. I want to see what Rocksteady can do outside this franchise.

    • You know, they actually cast John Dimaggio as the Joker in Batman: Under the Red Hood and he was fantastic! You can watch some of his scenes here: 

      (spoilers abound)

      • Solomon_Kano

        Dimaggio is the one person other than Hamill who I’ve thought had a fitting Joker voice. I really liked his Joker’s laugh. The voice was great too, he sounded wonderfully unstable.

        • Yeah, I thought he was great. The dialogue really sells it, too. There’s this sense of familiarity between him and the entire Bat-family that they get across really nicely. :)

      • Wake

        Yeah man. He did a great job and it didn’t hurt that Under the Red Hood was awesome. He’ll be a great replacement if Hamill doesn’t return.

        Anyway I found this.

        So Hamill did return to voice the Joker again. Hopefully that means he’s a lock for the game.

  • MrKappa

    I believe Mark Hamill has claimed twice that he would not come back to voice the Joker. Hope this time he also reconsiders.

    • Exkaiser

      Mark Hamill’s said a lot of stuff about the Joker. He’s also said that he’d come back to do the part if he saw the script was good enough.

  • I love Batman and all but it would have been nice to see rocksteady make a good game of other DC or WB series. 

  • Brian

    where is my batman beyond rocksteady :'(

  • Jirin

    Ehh.  Does this series need an origin story?  Joker’s great and all, but if they want him to come back why don’t they retcon some technomagic like every other comic book series.  I’d rather continue forward than go into the mostly already known backstory.

    I don’t get the obsession with origin stories in movies either. All they do is waste screen time delivering information the audience already has.

    • Solomon_Kano

      I’d bet it’s not going to be a prequel to the Arkham games, though Variety’s source makes it sound that way. From what they’ve actually said though, the game won’t be Batman’s origin, but it’s intended to show when he first meets the Joker and at least a portion of the Justice League apparently.

      That aside, it doesn’t even sound like it’s in the same universe. It’s a game that happens to take place prior to the Arkham games, but it certainly doesn’t sound like it’s meant to be a part of them. Between its supposed stylized approach and the story being based on the Silver Age, it sounds more like this is simply Rocksteady’s third Batman game — not necessarily the 3rd Arkham game.

    • Exkaiser

      Well, if it’s “Batman’s first meeting with the Joker,” maybe Rocksteady wants to use the Red Hood?

      I don’t blame ’em, it’s a pretty cool design.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Well….maybe its both.
    Some parts after AC some flashback,would be good!

  • Solomon_Kano

    3rd site I’ve read this on today and Variety’s wording still throws me for a loop. From their own telling, it sounds like this is only a prequel in the sense that it takes place at an earlier time than Asylum and City, not in the sense that it’s in the same world as the two (like DC’s Year One movie to all the other Batman animated films). It’s also not clear if it’s based on the Silver Age in the sense that it’ll look like the Silver Age, if it’s set in the Silver Age, or if it’s Rocksteady doing their take on some of his Silver Age stories. It being stylized makes me think of the former, but… well, it being Rocksteady makes me think it’s the latter.

    Most likely this game won’t be connected to the Arkham series and is merely Rocksteady’s third Batman game, rather than their third in that particular series. It would be odd, but then a prequel would be even more odd. Especially when they could easily have intro’d Bats to the League in the Arkhamverse. It’s known that Metropolis is out there, at the least (I think Star City might have been mentioned too, not sure). I wanted a follow-up to City but, on the other hand, Arkham City kinda makes me wonder who’d even be a fitting villain for a 3rd Arkham game? Who’s big enough to escalate that story any further?

    • For a sequel to AC, they could’ve used Hush, Ra’s (again), The Court of Owls (that would be awesome) or even go with the Batman Beyond concept.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Holy fudging crap, The Court of Owls would’ve been AWESOME! Yea, I thought of Hush though. I don’t think he’d remain interesting for the whole game. I liked his intro in the comics though. Ra’s would definitely have to come back.

        While Batman Beyond sounds good at first, having loved the show, I also realize that none of his villains are interesting enough for a whole game’s worth of content. Blight would obviously be the main villain, and he’d work, but fighting Inque and the rest of his rogues wouldn’t be nearly as exciting. Spellbinder? Stalker? The Jokerz and the Royal Flush Gang would be cool, but that show was really lacking in the villain department despite being great.

      • Oh jeez, I didn’t even think of the Court of Owls. That would be great!

  • What’s with this “prequel for the sake of prequel” trend?! There’s absolutely NO NEED to do this with a universe as famously expansive as Batman’s!

  • Göran Isacson

    In my inner vision, I see a beautiful sight. I see Batman voiced by Adam West. I see a Robin in skimpy, SKIMPY panties. I see plot twists so silly that corn-stalk aliens who want to steal the color purple from Earth’s atmosphere is considered a chilling threat, and I see the Joker saying the word “boner”. A lot.

    A LOT.

    Unfortunately this dream is too beautiful, and I know it is highly unlikely to come to pass :( Guess I’ll just have to keep on waiting…

  • Tales_of_Master

    Well this is certainly interesting. I’m not sure about how I feel about a silver age based game, but RS really need to let the Joker go already. He is a great villain we all know that, but he isn’t the only Batman villain that can support a whole game. They can use Bane (the smart one not the one they used), Riddler, Hush, Ra’s Al Ghul, and most recently the Court of the Owl. And what will happen to all the loose plot points that were left unresolved in AC ? Hush, Harley’s pregnancy, and Clayface falling to the Lazarus pit. I hope RS know what they’re doing, and I’ll be looking for more news for this one.

  • Sardorim

    They really must love the joker… A prequel, huh? Would have prefered a sequel with more Tim Drake.

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