Batman prequel series heading to TV

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Fox has secured a deal for a prequel television series centered on a younger James Gordon.  Gordon, who goes on to become Gotham’s commissioner and Batman’s ally, served as a detective in Gotham’s police force before working his way to the top of a corrupt justice system in a decaying city.  The television series will focus on his time as a detective and is said to include some of the iconic villains from the Batman universe, however it will not feature the Caped Crusader himself (though this doesn’t mean that one Bruce Wayne won’t make an appearance in the show in one form or another).

The show is being produced by creator of The Mentalist Bruno Heller with a full series order from Fox.  No word yet on casting or when the show is set to premiere, but we do have a title:  Gotham.

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J.K. Rowling penning screenplay for Harry Potter spin-off

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Given that the Harry Potter films have been immeasurably successful, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. would like to continue capitalizing on the success of the property despite the fact that the story has come to a conclusion.  Solution?  Spin-off.  Warner is producing a series of films based on the fictional textbook (which was later turned into a real book) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The spin-offs will not be prequels, per-se, but it sounds as though the first film will begin in New York 70 years before the events of The Sorcerer’s Stone and is intended to expand the fictional universe.  And make cash.  That’s probably the real reason behind this.

Ben Affleck revealed as rebooted Batman

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Zack Snyder’s next Superman flick will be a team up between the Man of Steel and Bruce Wayne.  Shattering dreams that this superhero team up will exist in Chris Nolan’s universe or that we’ll ever get a Batman Beyond or Nightwing film is the news that Ben Affleck will be filling the role of the Caped Crusader.  The film is set to open July 17, 2015.  You can read the press release below:

BEN AFFLECK REVEALED AS BATMAN IN WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ NEW SUPER HERO FEATURE FILM, NOW SLATED TO OPEN JULY 17, 2015

The Oscar®-winning star joins Henry Cavill in the first ever onscreen match-up of DC Comics’ most iconic characters.

BURBANK, CA, August 22, 2013 – Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne.  Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.”  The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing andInternational Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing.  The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.

Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent.  The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

In the announcement, Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some.  His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman.  He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.  I can’t wait to work with him.”

Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman.  He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors.  In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.”  His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder.  Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers. Production is expected to begin in 2014.

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.

Mark Hamill will Not voice Arhkam Origins’ Joker

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Fans of The Animated Series and the previous Arkham games will be disappointed to hear that Luke Skywalker will not be reprising his iconic role as the Clown Prince of Crime.  This isn’t too terribly unexpected as Kevin Conroy won’t be returning to voice Batman as the developer is hoping for a new, younger voice to fill the role of a less experienced Batman.  Filling the roles of Batman and the Joker will be Roger Craig Smith (Assassin’s Creed II’s Ezio) and Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite’s Booker DeWitt) respectively.

According to GamesRadar, Smith’s Batman tries to emulate the sound of Conroy’s Caped Crusader but “lacks the conviction” for the role.  Having not heard the actor’s interpretation of the character, it’s hard to make my own judgment, but it’s hard not to wonder why not just have Conroy return if your voice actor is going to sound like a clone without the heart.  Baker’s Joker, on the other hand, apparently successfully emulates the sound and style of Mark Hamill’s performances which GamesRadar says he “nails.”  Not having Hamill return may have to do with the actor not wanting to voice the Joker again–he had said that his performance in Arkham City would be his last turn as the Joker.

Batman: Arkham Origins releases for Xbox 360, PS3, WiiU, and PC on October 25 this year.

Source:  GamesRadar

Batman: Arkham Origins Teaser

The first teaser for the upcoming prequel to Rocksteady’s excellent Arkham games is now online.  It doesn’t show much other than Batman locked in combat with Deathstroke, but it ends with the promise of a full trailer on May 20th.  To get your first look at what this game hopes to be, check out the teaser below.  Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013.

Batman: Arkham Origins Announced

It’s official:  a prequel to the Arkham games has been announced.  The game is set to take place before both Arkham Assylum and Arkham City and is being developed by Warner Bros. Montreal.  The first two installments of the franchise were developed by Rocksteady Games.  This change shouldn’t drastically change the property as WB Montreal is familiar with the Arkham franchise having ported Arkham City to the WiiU.  Batman: Arkham Origins will be released on current-gen home consoles and PC on October 25, 2013.

In addition to Arkham Origins, an additional prequel game is being developed for 3DS and Vita.  Titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, this portable entry in the franchise will take place after the events of its home console counterpart.  Blackgate is being developed by Armature Studios, which was formed by staff from Nintendo’s Retro Studio (developer of the Metroid Prime series and Donkey Kong Country Returns).  The game will be a 2.5D Metroid-vania style game and is set to release alongside Arkham Origins.

 

Sources:  Game Informer, Joystiq