Batman: Arkham Origins Is About Batman’s Introduction To The Insane

By Ishaan . April 27, 2013 . 3:00pm


Batman: Arkham Origins will show a “beta Batman” says DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns in an interview with Game Informer.


Johns says this doesn’t means that Batman is an amateur. He’s well into his Batman career—Origins has been described by its developers as a “Year Two” story—but isn’t the Batman that’s as well-acquainted with Gotham’s more insane criminal element as the one we know today. It’s a different story from Johns’ own Batman: Earth One, which was more of an alternate origin story.


“It’s called Arkham Origins and it really is the introduction of what Arkham means,” says Johns. “Arkham evokes a sense of insanity and chaos embodied in the twisted minds and colorful villains of the Batman universe. That had to start somewhere. This is really more about Batman’s initiation into that insane world, where my book’s more about Batman as a vigilante and really deciding which path to go down.”


Batman: Arkham Origins is scheduled for release this October.


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  • Valtiel Ikari

    Sounds good!
    hope they can live to the hype of the previous 2 games…

  • Vash bane

    lol I mis-read the title I thought bats was going insane

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

      Bat-shit insane! Oops, wrong game…

  • MyBodyIsReady

    Just watched the Dark Knight rises for the first time last night, and now I’m totally hyped for a new Batman game

  • Why haven’t you guys changed the X360/Ps3/Pc tag to include Wii U yet?

    • Alex Gill

      I believe the Wii U is getting a slightly different game, but I’m not 100% sure on that

      • Origins Blackgate is a handheld game metroidvania style where you cant jump

    • We’ll get around to it! It requires some messing around with the back end.

  • Melvin Kwan

    Although I enjoy the combat from the Arkham games, I hope that they change up the style for the prequel. Like, make it a little bit faster and more frantic, like Batman doesn’t have the experience to back up his punches, so he moves a little more quickly, but his attacks have less weight behind them.

    • That would be very impressive if they did that.

    • I’d like that, too. Make him not as bulky as he was in the Arkham games, too. Less of a reliance on technology, more on hiding in the shadows. Maybe somewhere in between Year One and the old Tim Burton movies.

    • KingNigma

      It’d be cool if they tweaked the fighting system a bit to improve one on one fights seeing as it has a focus fighting multiple enemies at once. At least for fights against the assassins, Deathstroke especially.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    Maybe we will have Batgirl before becoming Oracle, Robin, Catwoman as a villain and Joker without Harley Quinn. I hope we have Ra’s al Ghul. Batgirl’s fate could have been one of the factors that made Batman a darker person.

    • AshSatoshi

      Unlikely as this is a Year 2 story for Batman. Robin or Batgirl doesn’t come around until about around 10 years or so.

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