"Batman" saved my love for video games (part one)

(c) DC. The 2021 film Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One is based on the comic book of the same name. In this film, Jenson Ackles voices Batman, and the late Naya Rivera performs the voice of Catwoman.


In 2009, Rocksteady Studios produced a video game like nothing gamers had seen before. Batman: Arkham Asylum was the first installment of the "Arkham" franchise, and truly changed the direction of "Batman" themed video games going forward. The 2009 video game was released on August 25 of the same year for PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 consoles. Almost immediately, Arkham Asylum was a critical and commercial success. Not surprising, since people loved these games. I remember being in junior high school when the first game was released, and most kids in my school were pretty excited about it.

(c) Rocksteady Studios

As of 2021, the "Arkham" series remains popular. Of course, the style of gameplay has evolved over time. Gotham Knights is set for a 2022 release, and is somewhat of an extension of the original series which started in 2009. More specifically, some of the team behind the previous series will play a key role in developing Gotham Knights. Some of the core gaming elements have remained, but this is very much a new video game, as well as an original story. Today, let's explore the history of "Batman" comics, as well as the character's presence in the video game world.

(c) Warner Bros. Games. In this upcoming video game, Bruce Wayne has supposedly died trying to save Gotham from evil. Following his alleged death, players then control characters such as "Robin", "Batgirl", "Nightwing", and "Redhood".

Batman "in print":

Here are some toys from Funko, as well as McDonald's restaurants.

I've always been a fan of "Batman", even though the character was created almost thirty years before my parents were born. The character known as Batman, or his alter-ego Bruce Wayne first appeared in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939. Batman is one of the most recognized fictional characters around the world, and was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger during the 1930s.

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From his home in Gotham City, Bruce Wayne has vowed to protect the city following the murder of his parents when he was just a child.

(c) DC Comics. For the specifics surrounding the "Batman" origin story, check out one of my previous articles:

"For anyone that is a fan of comic books, we all know the origin story of Bruce Wayne and his super hero alter-ego, Batman. So, how does it start? A young Bruce Wayne and his parents had just watched a show at the theatre in the fictional Gotham City, and then the trio are approached by a man wielding a gun. Martha and Thomas Wayne are killed, and this results in a life of mental health issues and emotional retribution for the child who will become "the Batman". In 1988, Frank Miller released a comic book series revolving around Bruce Wayne's first years as Batman, so we can suggest the character might have been in his early 20s at the time..." (see more here: https://www.themodernistson.com/post/book-review-batman-year-one)

Detective Comics #27 comes from the American comic book company of the same name, and is known for Batman's first official appearance.

(c) Family Guy (1999-)

In this comic book, Batman is featured in a story called "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate". Set during the Golden Age of Comics, this issue came a few months after the debut of "Superman" in Action Comics #1. Interestingly, many readers cite these specific comic books as the beginning of the "superhero" genre. For almost one hundred years, comic book fans have enjoyed stories about superheroes versus the criminal elite. With that in mind, a selection of supervillains have enjoyed their own comic book series. Although there are hundreds of other comic book characters, Batman has remained one of the most popular of all time.

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Batman: Urban Legends (2021-). Check it out right here: https://m.comixology.com/Batman-Urban-Legends-2021/comics-series/154698

Batman's first video game:

"Part two" will focus on 2011's "Arkham City".

Video games achieved initial popularity by the late 1970s, and early 1980s. By 1986 (three years before Tim Burton's first "Batman" film), the "Caped Crusader" appeared in his first-ever video game. Comic books have always been popular, so creating a "Batman" video game allowed players to be Batman. Published by Ocean Software and developed by Jon Ritman, Batman (1986) was a critical success. Not only was it an amazing experience to play as one of the most popular superheroes from DC Comics, this video game also introduced players to early 3D-models. By the 1990s, 2D gaming remained prominent until the launch of the Nintendo 64 in 1996. However, the 1986 "Batman" video game was the first time players caught a glimpse of 3D-models in video game development.

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The Modernist Son, 2020-2021.



Wesley Yin-Poole. "Warner Bros. announces Gotham Knights game for 2021." from Eurogamer. August 22, 2020.

Greg Miller. "Batman Arkham Asylum (Game of the Year)" Review. IGN. J2 Global. May 26, 2010.

Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Sheldon Moldoff. "The Batman and How He Came to Be." Detective Comics #33 1-2. November, 1939. DC Comics.

"Batman". Crash. Newsfield Publications Ltd. May, 1986.

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