New Screenshots and Art from "Batman: Arkham Origins"

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So many things give me concern about the upcoming prequel entry to the excellent, Rocksteady-produced Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City (which I loved for their embrace of Batman: The Animated Series' voice cast) but every now and then they release some images that quell my worries. Am I disappointed that Batman: Arkham Origins isn't being produced by the same company that hit the first two out of the park? Sure, but it sounds as if they've done quite a bit of advising on the new installment. Am I sad that Batman voice acting mainstays Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill won't be onboard this time as Batman and Joker, respectively? Sure, but we've had plenty of movies to get used to it, (with Batman: Under the Red Hood having the most memorable substitutions of Bruce Greenwood as Batman and Futurama's John DiMaggio as Joker)

There are just things you have to accept about a franchise moving on (or back in a prequel's case), and as long as the franchise can retain its excellent visuals, mechanics, and storytelling, there's no big loss. The newly released screenshots and concept art below suggest that at least the first criterion is still being met.

Among the many things shown in the screenshots are a visibly younger Penguin without his trademark monocle, Deathstroke (aka Slade Wilson), and a few shots of the Black Mask, suggesting the latter will play a fairly big role in the game's story as it breaks out into the larger world of Gotham City. Although, the concept art shows a lot of familiar architecture, so it seems very possible that either Arkham City was a big indication of what we should expect the rest of Gotham to look like or that the part of Gotham that's transformed into the future Arkham City going to be open to us.

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May
01
2013
Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.

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