The pre-E3 surprises keep rolling out. Rocksteady recently put out a trailer showing Gotham’s favorite feline burglar taking it to the streets. Not just in cutscenes, but in fully playable fashion. Catwoman’s method of navigation and combat is on display here. It’ll be interesting to see how her style of gameplay will fit into the scheme of the final game. Is there anything sexier than a woman who can kick your ass? No. Batman: Arkham City is set for release on October 18th for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Check out the brutal new trailer below.
The original Batman: Arkham Asylum was a surprise hit when it was released in 2009. It defied normal conventions of what a licensed game could be. It took players through a rich, story-driven adventure that had fans aching for Rocksteady’s excellent marriage of stealth and action.
Rocksteady Studios snuck out a new gameplay trailer for their upcoming sequel; Batman: Arkham City. If you decide to wet your pants, now would be a good time. The talented crew at Rocksteady has greatly expanded the real estate you’ll be navigating in. The dark and dingy cityscape is there for you to explore and dish out justice however you see fit. This allows for countless approaches to your objectives and prey.
The smooth as butter combat is back and better than ever. It’ll allow Batman to dispatch multiple foes silently and brutally. The newfound verticality will also let Batman take on foes from the air and vanish as quickly as he came. Rocksteady is still maintaining the crucial stealth aspect that made the first so great, however players can still get scrappy with thugs if they’re so inclined.
Returning characters like the iconic Joker and Harley Quinn will be returning to reprise their demented roles. Arkham City will also see some of Gotham’s other villains like the Riddler, Hugo Strange, Two-face, and Catwoman. It’s a very well rounded cast that is sure to please the hardest of the hardcore DC fans.
Batman: Arkham City is set to be released on the October 18th on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Check out the new gameplay trailer below courtesy of IGN.
This time around I figured I’d lay off the ranting and Hollywood-bashing for a change and bring to you my personal Top 5 movie list of all time. These are the movies that I have enjoyed watching the most and could never get tired of watching…ever. These five movies are amazing in my eyes and send chills down my spine every time I watch them. So, without further adieu, I present to you my Top 5…and no, The Godfather is not on here, so you can just kill me now. That movie seems to be in everyones top movie list, but not mine.
Number 5: The Bourne Ultimatum
Paul Greengrass blew my mind when he first brought Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series to the big screen with The Bourne Identity. He the proceeded to do it again with The Bourne Supremacy. And just when I thought I couldn’t take any more, Greengrass rolled out The Bourne Ultimatum and I witnessed my favorite action movie of all time for a couple reasons. First off, Matt Damon is easily the perfect actor to play Jason Bourne, as you can see by this performance. He brings a “bad-ass” vibe with him that fits the character perfectly. Secondly, there is so much action, suspense, and drama in this movie to keep you hooked for the entire ride. The story throughout this series is amazing and the ending to it all is shocking. I sadly do not know how it compares to the source material because I have not read any of Robert Ludlum’s books, but I know that what is shown is amazing. Thirdly, I really loved the soundtrack; John Powell did an amazing job orchestrating this. And Finally, I love Greengrass’ style of film-making. The shaky-cam style that he employs makes me feel like I am right there next to Bourne as he chases someone down or is beating the snot out of someone.
Number 4: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Oh Star Wars, what a classic series you are. No one can ever replace you in the hearts of nerds worldwide. And especially not Return of the Jedi which is, in my opinion, the best of the series. Now we all know that IV-VI are much better movies than I-III, but Return of the Jedi takes the cake for the whole thing overall. Lucas does a fabulous job of bringing what us nerd want: space fights, lightsaber duels, and a young Carrie Fisher in a metal two-piece. All joking aside, Return of the Jedi is an amazing piece of cinema and brings all the deeply detailed characters of the universe together for the climactic end. The story of Luke Skywalker, who is played amazingly by Mark Hamill, is an exciting and tumultuous ride. Also, Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, becomes an even more memorable character as he does an amazing job in this movie. ON the sound side, John Williams is, as always, amazing and creates a soundtrack like no other for this film. All in all, this movie is a must for all nerds like me.
Number 3: Inception
“Your mind is the scene of the crime” I remember being at work (I work at a movie theater) and seeing this poster about 4 months before it was supposed to come out and thinking “What is this? What does this mean?” Time rolled by and eventually the movie came out and, after hearing rave reviews from my co-workers, I decided to see what this was all about. I did not expect what the next two and a half hours brought me. I clearly remember walking out of the theater saying “What the F@#! just happened?” I wasn’t mad though, I was intrigued. This movie had me going back to the theater multiple times until I had every detail worked out. I would have detailed conversations, and in some cases arguments, with my co-workers about what really happened. This is the sign of a good movie. One that keeps me talking well after the show is over. And talk I did. Christopher Nolan is nothing but a genius and the world that he created is amazing. An all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Paige, and Marion Cotillard just to name a few, brings this movie to life with superb acting. The trombone-heavy score, orchestrated by Hans Zimmer, is easily one of my favorite movie soundtracks ever, creating a unique sound unlike any I’ve heard before. This movie is the whole package: action, suspense, romance…it has it all. I even chuckled at a few comedic lines. My favorite part of this movie is that you really can’t be sure what happened. Like Mal, Marion Cotillard’s character, says, “You keep telling yourself what you know. But what do you believe?”
Number 2: The Dark Knight
Before Christopher Nolan blew my mind (literally) with Inception, he took me for a spin with The Dark Knight. After a somewhat disappointing start to the reboot with Batman Begins, Nolan managed to completely turn the tables to bring this movie to the people. Now this movie is on my list for two main reasons. The first reason is that it is the best comic book movie ever created. Period. End of story. No other comic book movie can even come close the the gritty and dark world of Gotham City that Nolan had created. And the other reason is the late Heath Ledger. Never in my life had I seen such a well-developed, well played character than Ledger’s take on the Joker. This movie is his final film (I’m not counting The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus due to the fact that he died mid-production and wasn’t able to finish the film) and he does a stellar job. Ledger’s version of the Joker is my favorite movie character of all time. He made the Joker seem so real, so believably insane, that I couldn’t help but think that he WAS real. This is why this movie ranks so high. Christian Bale does a well enough job as Batman, although I just don’t care for his raspy intimidation voice he does whenever he dons the Bat suit. I can still watch this movie again and again; it never gets old.
Number 1: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Ta-da! Was this what you were expecting? Well here it is ladies and gentlemen, my number one movie of all time! The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is three and a half hours of climactic fight sequences, amazing sceneries, groundbreaking effects, and a moving story that literally had me to tears (yes, I actually cried a little the first time I saw this movie; few movies manage to do this to me). Although I have never been able to make it through J.R.R. Tolkein’s original masterpiece, Peter Jackson did an amazing job of bringing this world to life. The entire series is a beautiful one, with the crew spending multiple years in New Zealand to film it to its entirety. Not to mention this movie features the most advanced character ever created by computer: Gollum. Never before had such an intricate character been designed. Although this movie runs long, it was necessary to fit in all the finite details that Tolkein uses in his books. The cast of this movie is amazing as well, featuring Sir Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, and Elijah Wood. Now that I think about it, I haven’t sat down to enjoy this movie in a long time. This will soon have to change.
Batman. Superman. Spider-Man. X-Men. Iron Man. The Incredible Hulk. Captain America. Green Lantern. Thor. Fantastic Four…I could go on for ages. But do you know of Runaways? Iron Fist? Deadman? Fire? I pretty sure only the hardcore comic book enthusiast will have even heard of these books. Why bring this up? Because Hollywood has decided that comic book movie adaptations are the greatest things since sliced bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good superhero movie/movie based off of a comic book, but when does it become too much?
Superhero movies have been around for ages, but only recently has it become a major portion of all the movies being produced. It seems like now that movies are either comic book movies, remakes of old movies, normal book movies, or real life stories. Nothing original. But that’s besides the point. Comic book movies are huge, and I love some of them. The Dark Knight is my second favorite movie ever (mainly because of Heath Ledgers performance) and The Watchmen is pretty high up there for me too. I loved that book and I like Zack Snyder and felt he did a great job with it.
I’m getting off track. I really don’t have a problem with comic book movies in general, it’s just the multitude of them coming out. Now I didn’t expect Hollywood to stick with the mainstays like Batman and Superman; they’re old hat. I just want them to calm down on the number of movies coming out. Is it really necessary to have three Iron Man movies, three Captain America movies, at least one Thor movie, another possible Hulk movie, and three Avenger movies (which all four are a part of)? Do we really need the three X-Men movies plus the movies that are being developed for individual X-Men? Plus we have Dark Knight Rising, Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Cowboys and Aliens, Scott Pilgrim, Kick-Ass, et cetera.
This brings me to the biggest bone I have to pick: remaking superhero movies when they were just released not too long ago and constantly changing actors. I really started to get mad about this when I heard that they were rebooting the Spider-Man series. Really? Raimi and Maguire left the series after the third one so they couldn’t continue on, so maybe it was time to give the spider a rest for awhile instead of instantly rebooting the series. It’s too freaking soon! The reboot is planned to be released on July 3, 2012, a mere 5 years after Spider-Man 3. People are still going to remember him as the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man by that time. And then there is Superman. We all know that Superman Returns was sort of a flop, but to already get another reboot? That guys had more movies than any other Superhero ever, except maybe Batman. I’m not nearly as mad about this one though because Zack Snyder’s directing it, so this time around it’ll actually be good.
Another series is the Incredible Hulk. Can you guys just not get a good actor for that guy? They had Eric Bana in 2003, then REBOOTED the series with Edward Norton and changed the story. And now Norton’s been replaced with Mark Ruffalo for The Avengers movie and any possible sequels. That’s just terrible planning there boys. Same sort of deal happened with the Punisher. The Punisher with Thomas Jane came out in 2004 and then they rebooted the series in 2008 with The Punisher: War Zone with Ray Stevenson. I don’t know about you, but I really liked the first one and would have loved to have seen a sequel to that, but they just can’t seem to keep continuity in Hollywood. Another up for the reboot treatment is The Fantastic Four, and well…I can’t really argue with that one; those movies just plain sucked.
All I’m trying to say here is that Hollywood just needs to calm down a bit here. I love me some good-vs-evil comic book greatness, but too much is too much. Just take a step back Hollywood. Oh yeah, and if you want to see a list of just about every whisper of a rumor of a comic book movie ever, go to IGN’s Ultimate Comics-to-Film Guide. It’s full of everything nerdy.
…And for the record, I’m more of a DC fan. Marvel is good, I just like DC more.