There seems to be a constant demand for Batman-related, adjacent, and inspired media. Games like the Batman: Arkham trilogy are heralded for their quality and take on the Dark Knight. People savor things like Batman: The Telltale Series and Batman: Arkham VR for their unique takes on the stories and less combat-oriented elements of Batman’s life. There is a demand for Injustice: Gods Among Us games, because there are these awesome team-ups. And now, fervor is even more frenzied due to rumors about new games. Why? What gets people so hyped up?
A part of it is the idealized lifestyle Batman gets to lead. This is a man who, at first glance, has it all. He is rich, attractive, healthy, and in shape. He has a successful company, a mansion, a butler, an adopted son in some adaptations, and in other portrayals is a socialite with attractive women of varying degrees of famousness fawning over him. He doesn’t even have to work, unless he wants to. This is essentially the dream of most people. To have the sort of financial security where you are safe and sound is a big deal. To also have the luxury of some degree of notoriety is something else many might want. He is the sort of person many aspire to be.
But then, there is the glamorous side. Batman does not just have financial power and social power, with his daily life as Bruce Wayne. He has physical power. He can dole out justice. He is above the law as a vigilante who works alongside the police in a wink-nod sort of way. Best of all, he does it without having supernatural powers like Superman or The Flash. He is an ordinary human, just like us. Maybe he’s a bit smarter, sure. And his lifestyle has afforded him the opportunity to carry out a fitness regimen we can’t afford. But he uses part of his fortune to device gadgets, make suits, and create vehicles to help him make the world a better place. It allows us to think and pretend that maybe, just maybe, the Batman lifestyle could be doable.
The games make all this a reality. No matter what sort of Batman game we play, it is recreating some form of Bruce’s lifestyle. Something like Batman: The Telltale Series lets us go between his ordinary and superhero lifestyles, making good use of the unique properties of both. Batman: Arkham VR lets us focus on his mind, acting as a detective like he does. The Batman: Arkham games are a power fantasy, really putting us into his shoes. Injustice: Gods Among Us and Lego Batman let us be silly.
Now, to the more recent rumor. Warner Bros. Montreal Assistant Producer Valerie Vezina posted a tweet where she was wearing a shirt with what looked like a Batman Court of Owls logo and said, “[Redacted], best. DevTeam. EVAR.” Warner Bros. Montreal worked on Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition and Batman: Arkham Origins. They make Batman games, and a Batman game is supposed to be allegedly, maybe, probably in development from Warner Bros. The group would be a prime villainous organization for a video game, especially since their Talon assassin agents would make for great bosses. It would bring a group of villains not exactly world renowned to a larger audience, and people are psyched about the prospect. It shows the kind of hype that can come from even the slightest hint of Batman news.
Batman is an icon, because he is someone people imagine they might be. Maybe if circumstances were different. Maybe if things somehow worked out. As unrealistic as he is, he is still one of the more reasonable and plausible superheroes out there. Through games, we get a little closer to living his life.