If you’re heading to this year’s Comic-Con and expecting to not see any Batman since Christopher Nolan has drifted away from the franchise, you couldn’t be more mistaken. While there won’t be any Batman films being discussed, at least officially, we will be able to get our helping of Batman from the folks at WB Games.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be holding a panel right out of the gate on the first day of Comic-Con starting at 1pm in Room BCF6. The panel will include creative director Eric Holmes as well as actors Roger Craig Smith, who voices Batman, and Troy Baker who will be taking on voice duties for The Joker.
Witness the next installment in the blockbuster videogame franchise. Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crimefighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight.
The one downer in the upcoming game is that series regulars Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy will not be involved at all in the game. Both Conroy and Hamill have been behind the characters since Arkham Asylum but they also have been involved in all of the productions of Batman: The Animated Series as well as the numerous spin-off films including the vastly underrated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
Still, while there won’t be a film presence for Batman at Comic-Con this year, we will still get to see the Caped Crusader and there will no doubt be plenty of Justice League talk whenever Gotham’s Dark Knight is brought up.