Sony Online Entertainment transforms PlayStation 3 and PC gamers into superheroes and super villains on January 11 with the release of DC Universe Online. How much will you pay to battle alongside the likes of Batman, Superman, and Lex Luthor?

With the beta well underway on both the PC and PlayStation 3, it was only a matter of time before Sony Online Entertainment revealed the official release date for its once delayed comic book MMO. Now we've got a firm date in January 11 for North America (January 12 in Europe and 14 in the UK and Ireland), along with word on how much we'll need to set aside on a monthly basis to don tights and fight (or perpetrate) crime.

The PlayStation 3 version of the game will retail for $59.99, while the PC version comes in $10 cheaper at $49.99. Both versions come with one month of free play. After that a $15 (€12.99) a month subscription fee kicks in, though PC players will be able to purchase a lifetime subscription for $199 (€179.99).

Hit up the IGN link below for more details on the upcoming launch and beta player rewards direct from DC Universe Online Game Director Chris Cao.

DC Universe Online Gets a Release Date [IGN]