Arkham City

Feb. 09, 2012 | 1:43 p.m.

After ‘Dark Knight’: Could Arkham City work as a movie?

BATFILMS OF THE FUTURE? The end is near — when the credits roll on “The Dark Knight Rises” this July, it will mark the close of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the final adventure for Christian Bale as the caped crusader of Gotham City. Warner Bros. executives have made it clear they won’t leave the iconic property sitting on a shelf, however, and a new director and star tandem could be inhabiting Wayne Manor by 2014. But how on earth will any filmmaker follow the work of Nolan and company? Working together, Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher and graphic artist Sean Hartter came up with 15  imaginary Batman reboots — and, yes, they did it with tongue in cheek. Martin Scorsese’s “Caped Fear”: The acclaimed director delivers a “Shutter Island”-style thriller as Batman (Jim Caviezel) is trapped in a Gothic castle by […]
Dec. 10, 2011 | 7:30 a.m.

Video Game Awards: Game trailers take a page from Hollywood

Though dozens of video games (and the creative minds behind them) will be honored at the Video Game Awards Saturday night, the real stars of the event will be the trailers. Spike is debuting 10 trailers for highly anticipated games at the ninth annual VGAs, among them Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (check out the Hero Complex exclusive image above), Metal Gear Solid: Rising, The Amazing Spider-Man video game and the mysterious new PlayStation 3 title, teased online as The Last of Us. Gamers have high expectations for the previews, which is not surprising considering the video game industry now rivals (and some would argue surpasses) Hollywood in artistry, pulls a fair amount of star power, and makes considerably more money than the movies. Consider this: James Cameron’s “Avatar,” the top-grossing movie of all time, earned $77 million during its opening weekend in 2009. […]
Oct. 03, 2011 | 10:04 a.m.

Batman: Arkham City takes the madness far and wide

The lunatics will take over the asylum in a big way in Batman: Arkham City, the sequel to the widely (and wildly) acclaimed 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and one of the biggest releases of the year for gamers. The plot of the dark adventure: Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane has been shut down but Gotham needs someplace to put its villains, gangsters and thugs, so Mayor Quincy Sharp carves out an entire district and declares it a maximum-security prison zone. In a sort of DC Universe version of “Escape From New York,” the game (which arrives Oct. 18 for PS3 and Xbox 360 and in November for PC), heavily armed helicopters are used to patrol the skies above the city blocks that have been given over to felons and freaks, which in this case include Two Face, Penguin and Mr. Freeze. With Arkham City, developer […]
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