Burbank, Calif. • Ben Affleck is poised to portray a new incarnation of the Caped Crusader in a film that also features Superman. However, the developers of the upcoming video game "Batman: Arkham Origins" are taking the character back to basics for the third installment in Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's popular "Arkham" series.
"Origins," which is primed for release Oct. 25, is set several years before 2009's "Arkham Asylum" and its 2011 sequel "Arkham City." The game unfolds over Christmas Eve during the second year of Bruce Wayne's tenor as the Dark Knight. The crime boss Black Mask has set a $50 million bounty on Batman's cowl-covered head and enlisted several assassins to collect on it.
"Batman is not complete yet," said Eric Holmes, the game's creative director. "He's not a smooth stone in the stream. He hasn't become this well-rounded character that's gone through a great deal of experience and really come to know who he is as a hero. He's got fire in his belly and a commitment to the fight against crime, but he doesn't fully understand what that means."