The anticipation for Batman: Arkham City is building and from what we've seen from Rocksteady's promotions, the games looks to be even better than the first. This has led to many wondering, "How can Rocksteady possibly top the latest installment which appears to have nearly every villain in Batman's rogue gallery and adds Nightwing and Robin to the mix ?" Well Paul Dini, writer on Batman: TAS, Superman: TAS, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man and of course Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, recently revealed that he thinks Rocksteady needs to look at a different character for it's next super hero outing. Speaking to Yahoo Games, Dini stated:
"Well Batman is pretty much real world-centric. So if I was going to do another comic book based game I would probably want a hero that had, you know - I would probably want to amp it up a bit as far as the power level goes and do more of a superhero with more superpowers.
Batman is pretty much a self-trained guy, I think it would be fun to do a character like Superman or Captain Marvel or maybe Green Lantern, somebody who's got a completely different resource for fighting crime and fighting villains.
Maybe a magical character. The DC universe is filled with them. I love Batman and I always will but if I was going to do another one I would probably pick one in a completely different setting with a completely different power scheme. He's [Superman] pretty much the number one in the DC pantheon, and I think not enough has been done with him to make him a character, as he's got amazing powers, he can fly super fast and everything, but also there's a level to his character that I don't think has been explored yet in video games to kind of get underneath who he is and into his heart a little bit.
I think there's a lot of reinvention being done on Superman at the moment, both in the comics and in the movies and I think it would be fun to revisit that character and kind of see what makes him tick."
I personally think this is a fabulous idea. Could a Superman game work; styled the same as Batman: Arkham City? I think it could, if they put Supes in the Phantom Zone (A Superman game set in the real world just doesn't work).
Batman: Arkham City is released on XBox 360 and PS3 on October 21, with the game coming to PC in November.
Paul Dini (born August 7, 1957) is an American writer and producer who works in the television and comic book industries. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics animated series, including Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Duck Dodgers. He also developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog and contributed scripts to Transformers, Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. After leaving Warner Bros. in early 2004, Dini went on to write and story edit the popular ABC adventure series Lost. He has also written a number of comic books for DC Comics, including Harley Quinn and Superman: Peace on Earth. It has been announced that after two decades of doing DC related animated projects, Paul Dini will be going over to Marvel to serve as a writer and producer for the Ultimate Spider-Man animated project. Fall 2010 also saw the debut of Tower Prep, a new live action/drama series Dini created for Cartoon Network.
Dini has also written several comics stories for DC Comics, including an acclaimed oversized graphic novel series illustrated by painter Alex Ross. (A hardcover collection of the Dini and Ross stories was published in late summer 2005 under the title The World's Greatest Superheroes.) Other books written by Dini for DC have featured his Batman Animated creation Harley Quinn as well as classic characters Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel and Zatanna.
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