Don’t Worry, More DC Superhero Video Games Are Apparently on the Way

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No matter how some folks felt about Man of Steel’s take on the Superman mythos, there’s no denying that the Zack Snyder-directed flick made tons of money. If you’re wondering about how this year’s other Kal-El-centric entertainment offering performed, it seems like the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game did well enough to excite the suits at parent company Time Warner. And they’re planning to dip into the DC Comics catalog for more video game ideas, too.

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Speaking at a conference last week, Time Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara talked about how important video games are to the meg-conglomerate’s bottom line. The transcript on Yahoo! Finance looks like it get some words wrong (local is probably Lego) but here’s the meat of it:

We are by far the biggest – probably the only studio that’s making money on the game side like this. It’s a business that we’ve built from scratch with some acquisition but we have really three key franchises to date. It’s the local franchise, it’s the Mortal Kombat franchise, and it’s the Arkham of Batman franchise, those three are very significant. We are having a very good year. We have two more big games coming out, LEGO Marvel coming out as well as the next installation of the Batman Arkham series coming out in October as well.

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It’s weird to have the guy in charge of DC Comics’ parent company talking about Lego Marvel Superheroes as a big deal but, hey, the WB Games division is the one putting the title out. Tsujihara goes on to say that they’re going to be looking to make more games based on the superhero universe that’s part of the Time Warner family tree:

…but we are on track to having a great year in games and we feel very good about where that’s going. And as you said it’s being driven – the new franchises that we are going to be zoning are going to be DC franchises. We think there is big opportunities to build off of what we are doing throughout the rest of the company in games as well.

As messy as things have been for DC Comics as a publisher lately, it’s still tantalizing to think about the characters and super-teams that could become games in the future. There was loose talk about a Suicide Squad project being in development and the new Warner Bros. Montreal studio—the ones making Batman: Arkham Origins—was created with the specific mandate of turning DC properties into games. So, let’s dream here, what DC character do you want to be the focus of a game?

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[Yahoo! Finance, via The Beat]

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I thought Man of Steel was quite good and I'm disappointed that the two main criticisms are just flat-out wrong. "Superman wrecked Metropolis! He didn't even try to protect the city!" Wrong, remember the part where they went to space? That was Superman pulling Zod out of a populated zone and into a safe area, but Zod brought the fight back down to Metropolis. "Superman shouldn't have killed Zod!" Well he really had no other options. Earth doesn't have the tech to imprison Zod, the Phantom Zone ship is already gone, and Zod has made it perfectly clear that if he lives he'll spend every second destroying humanity. It's one thing to argue that the movie did a poor job of conveying the hope that Superman should embody, or that you don't like that the script was set up to force Superman to kill Zod - those are different arguments - but within the movie that we got, there was no other option. And besides, it's nice to see a different version of the character from time to time - a Superman who never changes from this boy scout ideal of perfection and goodness isn't a character, he's a cardboard cutout.

Anyway, to answer the question of which games I'd like:

A Blue Beetle + Booster Gold buddy cop style superhero game would be amazing.

I'd also like a Batman game (or TV show) with less focus on combat and more on the detective elements of the character. Make the player actually have to solve some puzzles, not just collect "clues" that are nothing more than road markers to the next step. Maybe use some kind of detective points or intuition points like LA Noire did - you have a limited number of points that you can spend to get hints, and you earn more points by solving cases and accomplishing secondary objectives.