The “Lego Batman” games have always put a lighter spin on a character that’s traditionally as grim and gritty as they come, but the upcoming third game in the series, “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” will add a bit of retro fun. Holy nostalgia, Batman!
Players of the game, which will be available later this year for all systems, will get to play a level of the 1960s “Batman” series, with Adam West himself providing the voice of Batman. Additionally, gamers will also be able to play as the entire ’60s cast, including Robin, the Boy Wonder. They’re just a few of the 150 playable characters in the new game.
And in case you’re wondering, yes, Lego Batman will dance the Batusi.
Other playable characters include familiar faces from the Justice League and the Legion of Doom.
“Lego Batman 3″ director Arthur Parsons, of the game’s developer, Traveller’s Tales, joined several members of the vocal cast, including Troy Baker, who plays Batman, Travis Willingham (Superman), Laura Bailey (Wonder Woman), Dee Bradley Baker (Brainiac), Josh Keaton (Green Lantern), Scott Porter (Aquaman) and West himself, who came out to a standing ovation.
While the other members of the panel were in awe of the iconic actor from their childhoods, West tried to keep it humble.
“I’m nothing more than a curiosity,” he said. “I’m a senior superhero now.”
Though when Baker grabbed a selfie with West while on the panel, the elder actor snapped, “Whoa, that’s 85 bucks!”
The new game promises to bring players to levels they’ve never played in a “Batman” game, including into space and several alien planets, all while combating the genius alien, Brainiac.
Baker said voicing Brainiac was like voicing Daffy Duck. “Though I had to remove the lisp,” he said.
Players will also be thrilled to discover that Adam West himself is a playable character in the game.
“I thought [the end of the '60s 'Batman' series] would be the end of me,” West marveled. “And it was for a few years. But then things started to break a bit.”
Now, he’s basking in the love on stage.
“I’m the luckiest actor in the world,” he said.
“Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham” is due out this fall for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, 3DS, Vita and PC.
– Patrick Kevin Day | @patrickkevinday
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