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Batman: Arkham Asylum

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Batman: Arkham Knight Video Game Details Reveal Oracle’s Expanded Role

Ready for more Batman? I know I always am. Putting personal preferences aside, Rocksteady is set for another installment of the Arkham franchise with Batman: Arkham Knight and as revealed a few details you might be interested in. For instance, the “Arkham Knight” is not Batman, but another fellow, whose picture is after the jump. Oh, and also Barbara Gordon/Oracle.

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Cautiously Optimistic

Batman: Arkham Origins Teaser Trailer Features Extremely Realistic Fight

I swear these are just actors in costume actually fighting. I mean, damn! According to the videos description: “Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged.” All of us Batman fans here at The Mary Sue are still slightly wary of this next installment considering it isn’t being made by Rocksteady but remain hopeful. What about you?

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Wrapped

And somehow, this thing still has to get approved before it becomes a real series. (SuperheroHype)

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And So It Begins

Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Is Ready For Her Close-Up, Lands Role In Maleficent

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. Learn her name. Love it. She’s a future Oscar winner. Or so hopes her parents, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The 4-year-old has herself a role in momma’s upcoming Sleeping Beauty film, Maleficent. Read on for who she’ll be playing and to find out which comic book professional wrote the script.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Doctor Who Cast Being Silly At Comic-Con

The cast of BBC’s Doctor Who may be (almost) out by they’re not down. Except perhaps Arthur Darvill who may be about to take a tumble in this photo. Darvill, along with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are making the press rounds at Comic-Con right now for what will likely be their last SDCC together. *sniffle* (via BBC America Tumblr)

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Interview

Kevin Conroy Talks About Being The Voice Of Batman

For many superhero fans, Kevin Conroy is THE Batman. Although he’s only ever voiced the character, he’s held onto the role for over twenty years now and has become synonymous with the caped crusader. At the premiere of the latest Warner Home Video feature, Justice League: Doom, we got a chance to speak with the seasoned actor about his long run with the character, how he sees Batman, and how voice acting for video games like Batman: Arkham City, is a lot harder that it would appear.

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Essay

A Video Game Starter Guide for Total Newbs

Yeah, I know, a lot of you out there are already gamers. You’ve got raiding schedules and encyclopedic knowledge of voice actors and DPS formulas good enough for publication in academic journals. For this, I salute you.

But some of you aren’t gamers. I’ve had comments from and conversations with folks who have an inclination to game, but just haven’t given it a try yet. I understand why. Knowing where to start is tricky. Being intrigued by games and actually choosing one to play is a little like following up the statement “I’d like to learn to read” with strolling into a bookstore.

To make things easier for the Potentials, I’ve put together a handy starter guide just for you (and if you’re already into comics or SF/F, all it’s going to take is a tiny nudge). Chances are that the activities and fandoms you already enjoy have have primed you for a happy life of questing and leveling up.

(And veteran gamers, do stick around. I’m going to need your help at the end.)

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It is a gift!

Celebrating Christmas In Arkham City, With Batman [VIDEO]

As a thank you to Rocksteady Studios, the creators of Batman: Arkham City, Blue Goggles Films made a Christmas video as cheery as one could expect considering it was filmed in the overrun, super-sized mental asylum. A summary of what you’re about to see? “Set on Christmas Eve within the confines of the Arkham City prison, two of the Penguin’s dullest lights on the tree, attempt to enjoy the holidays together.” What could possibly go wrong?

Also, this may be the sweetest Christmas thing I’ve seen this year.

Fangasm

Spread The Word: Mark Hamill Would Voice The Joker For The Killing Joke

I’m a happy camper when I hear either Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill’s names associated with Batman and the Joker. The two actors have become synonymous to those roles thanks to Bruce Timm’s Batman: The Animated Series and subsequent features in which they appear. Most recently, the duo lent their voices to the sequel to the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, but Hamill caused a stir when he tweeted something just a few days ago that led us all to believe that was his last time playing the Joker. Hamill has now ammended his statement to add a few exceptions to his new no-Joker rule – more Arkham and the controversial Alan Moore story, The Killing Joke

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Super Moon

This is a shot of the “super full moon” taken in Brisbane, Australia. Visit BuzzFeed for 49 more gorgeous photos.

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