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Arkham Origins: Is the Batman franchise over?

Arkham Origins: Is the Batman franchise over?
Batman: Arkham Origins

The Dark Knight has been on a roll these past few years.  It started with the comics 1986 The Dark Knight Returns, then Nolan’s epic trilogy and lives on with Arkham.  Or does it?

Anyone who’s played the Arkham series has to admit it Bruce Wayne kicks ass.  The developers took the extra minute to really put icing on the franchise. 

So what’s my beef with origins?  I’m judging a book solely on its cover so hear me out haters --think of me as Mulder, “I want to believe.” 

Check out the trailer then continue reading…I’ll give you a minute before we figure out what they're doing to the Batman franchise.

1.  Another origin story?  Come the eff on already! 

batman3How many times am I going to have relive origins?  GAWD.  At this rate, if you combine the movies, comics, books, games, shows, word of mouth, action figures, I feel like Bruce’s parents didn’t die mine did!  I’ve relieved the damn story so many times it’s engraved in my memory box. 

Everyone does not love the origin story.  There’s gotta be at least a hundred bad guys in the DV-Verse.  Can we please move on from chapter one.  Seriously.  We can still talk about mommy and daddy but will someone in development respect Bruce’s parents enough to let them rest in peace.

2.  This trailer makes me yawnbatman 8 and is that Vin Diesel?  

Where is the X-Factor in this trailer?!  The last Arkham trailer had me on the edge of me seat.  It was worthy enough to make me want to pre-order the game. 

What does this one do for you?  Let’s look at it.  It shows a young Bruce getting beat up.  A teen Bruce getting slapped around.  An older Bruce/Vin Diesel getting a sword thrown his way. 

I want to believe in this game, but this trailer I have to admit is pretty lame.  Probably because the story isn’t there whereas the other trailers did a solid job selling the story. 

3.  They’re playing it safe.Batman 5

This game reeks of fear.  If you read the reviews online what’s new about is the expanded world.  Which is cool IF the story was something we haven’t lived a hundred times over with Batman.  The Batman story has so much to offer it's not just skin and bones guys! 

Batman 6FINAL THOUGHTS...

Why aren’t we moving forward?  I Love the Batman franchise and this is the second thing I’ve seen this year (first being the terrible news of Affleck wearing the cape) to make me believe Batman will fail.  Damn you pre-sequels. 

Anyone have any ideas beyond money on what they’re doing to the Dark Knight?  Is this it?  Is the Batman franchise finally over?   

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Kirk Deis
Kirk Deis

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10 Comments
  1. Date: October 21, 2013
    Author: Razil

    You aren’t taking the ‘Origins’ part correctly. I don’t think its intended to refer to Bruce Wayne’s origins or transformation, though I’m sure it will be touched on. I am also a little tired of it being redone over and over, but this looks to focus on how he came to be the Batman we have seen in the previous two games, not Batman in general. So its the Origins of how he became the awesome, confident crime fighter we know. The recently released walkthrough stats, from the developers, that its his second year on the job, which supports this game as the origins of the Batman as a force of good, rather than the origins of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 22, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Hmmm…The game is Batman becoming Batman — that feels like the first 20 minutes of a video game where you learn the controls. The tutorial stage. No me gusta.

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  2. Date: October 21, 2013
    Author: jb226

    If it was Dini still penning the title, I would have no problem with the Origins route or any old thing he wanted to do. Dude could make Batman interesting in any situation because he knows the character. Instead we have the bro-dude duo infamous for penning the bro-dude-duo Army of Two games…the line in the most recent preview w/ Batman telling Alfred that once he’s finished he will “be home soon to get to that Christmas ham” is just very Un-Batman in almost every way…hopefully I’m pleasantly surprised, but I highly doubt the story of this game will be anywhere near as great as the last two

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 22, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      I do feel like the writer(s) of this piece took the easy route by going with the origin path. Movies do this a lot bc audiences can relate to “finding ourselves” but the problem(s) here, beyond what you brought up, the story is nothing new. It’s in overkill mode now.

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  3. Rachael Ward
    Date: October 22, 2013
    Author: Rachael Ward

    2850 Points, 36 Comments, and 34 Articles.

    Batman has been through worse than this before though (Batman & Robin anyone?) While there is understandably a lot of uncertainty about if this game and the new casting choice, there is no way the Batman franchise will ever die even if the worst does happen. Why? Because there are those people out there who do understand the character and what makes him so great.

    Even if they may not be able to directly influence the franchise’s media right now, someone will come along and tell the idiots what they are doing wrong. Batman is more than just a comic hero, he is a freaking legend, and no matter how many beatings he or his franchise take, I have faith that someone will find a new way to bring it back and make him better than ever.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 22, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      In a perfect world they would let the story rest for at least a few years. Then come back with Batman in action. But bc this world is a bit screwy they’ll probably do an origins tale…AGAIN.

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  4. Date: October 24, 2013
    Author: Robert

    The developers have said it won’t focus on his actual origins. It takes place in his second year as Batman. So it’s not going to focus on the death of his parents. I’m excited about this game. I think it’s going to rock.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 25, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      You have to admit it kinda just looks like an expansion pack. As for the parents bit, are you saying the developers just used Bruce Wayne’s parents death as a marketing stunt? It is featured in their trailer. Shame on them.

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  5. Date: October 24, 2013
    Author: earlrdavis

    610 Points, 4 Comments, and 4 Articles.

    One of my big issues with prequel games like this is that inevitably developers must give the protagonists better moves and powers than the original games. How can batman know cooler stuff in his second year then forget it by Arkham Asylum?

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: October 25, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Oh my Gawd, I never thought about that. And like that every prequel game is now in question, lol. Well done sir.

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