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June 27, 2014 By Brad Young
With the news earlier this month that developer Rocksteady Games have pushed back the proposed release date of its first next gen release in the Batman: Arkham series you would be forgiven for thinking that interest surrounding one of DC Comics’ most successful creations may be on the wane. With the final part of Christopher Nolan’s rebooted Batman trilogy released two years ago and the next proposed appearance of the Dark Knight in film not due until 2016, when Ben Affleck will take on the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s a quiet time in terms of mainstream media appearances for Gotham’s crime fighting hero.
However, despite this lull in the world of all things Batman, a leading online gadget gift store have reported that Batman figurines have been the bestselling in their range of Pop Vinyl Superhero Figures over the past twelve months. The Pop Vinyl range which features models of well-known superheroes such as Spiderman and Captain America alongside characters from popular TV series’ such as Game of thrones, Walking Dead and even sitcom The Big Bang Theory, has proved to be really popular with fans of all ages and the statistics show that sales of their Dark Knight figurine have outsold Spiderman by a factor of 7 to 1, making Batman king of the comic book heroes.
Sales of the Batman figure were closely followed by those of his arch nemesis the Joker, proving that there is no shortage of interest in the much loved franchise, which is 75 years old this year after the character’s first appearance back in a 1939 issue of Detective Comics. So it will be interesting to see whether this momentum will continue up until the next time we’ll get to see the Caped Crusader in action when the fourth and final instalment in the Batman: Arkham series comes out next year. The game’s developer, Rocksteady, who had previously given us the critically acclaimed Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games, confirmed before the E3 electronic Entertainment Expo earlier this month that they’d not be able to meet their originally intended release date of October this year for fear of not doing the game justice.
It’s hardly uncommon to find games developers pushing back their intended release dates and in many cases it can actually be welcomed by gamers who’d prefer to see a well-polished and in depth game released rather than a buggy and underwhelming effort that has been hurried to launch by the publisher. In Arkham Knight’s case there has been enough shown to date to whet gamers’ appetites that there is great potential for what is set to be the final instalment of Rocksteady’s Batman trilogy (last year’s Arkham Origins was developed by Warner Bros games with different voice actors so is not considered as a true instalment in the Arkham series).
With delays to the proposed filming of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice pushing its release back until at least 2016 and much controversy among fans over the decision to cast Ben Affleck in the titular role of Gotham’s finest, it seems reasonable to assume that Arkham Knight is the one Bat fans are most waiting for. Let’s hope Rocksteady don’t disappoint.
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