A full history of the Batman game franchise. From Ocean Software’s original Batman game in 1986, to his upcoming appearance in Rocksteady’s highly anticipated “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.”
Celebrate 37+ years of one of the most iconic heroes in all of video gaming. Batman has evolved significantly in gaming form, starting off as a series of movie tie-in platformers and beat-em-ups, into the massively popular Batman Arkham series by Rocksteady. This documentary will cover it all, including: Batman the Movie, Batman Returns, Batman Begins, every mainline Arkham game, and everything in-between!
(The following were excluded either because they weren’t relevant to the discussion, or because I plan to feature them in a separate video: Batman: Brave and the Bold on Wii, Lego Batman 1-3, Justice League games, and the Injustice series.)
Join me as I detail each and every game, breaking down their development history, storyline, gameplay features, visuals, and their critical reception, all backed with each game’s original soundtrack.
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This video was an immense undertaking, more so than any other video I’ve ever worked on. I initially planned to only cover the Arkham games, but decided that you all likely expected to see more – so I went out and purchased dozens of classic Batman games, read through hundreds of comics, watched EVERY batman film, EVERY television show, and poured countless hours in to make sure things were accurate. But even so, there are bound to be errors as I’m doing all of this work solo. Please feel free to let me know in the comments if you spot one! Now sit back, grab a drink and enjoy the ENTIRE History of BATMAN!
This one’s for you Kevin Conroy.
Table of Contents
02:46 Batman in Comics
05:48 Batman in Television
06:40 Batman in Film
07:41 Bat-Man (1986)
08:48 Batman the Caped Crusader (1986)
09:17 Batman: The Movie Videogame (1989-1990)
12:17 Batman: Return/Revenge of the Joker (1991-1992)
15:20 Batman Returns (1992-1993)
17:01 Batman the Animated Series (1993-1994)
19:56 Batman Forever (1995-1996)
22:01 Batman & Robin (1998)
23:59 Batman PS2 Games (2000-2005)
24:53 Batman Vengeance (2001)
26:00 Batman Rise of Sin Tsu (2003)
26:47 Batman Dark Tomorrow (2003)
31:30 Batman Begins (2005)
36:55 Rocksteady’s Origin
39:31 Batman: Arkham Asylum Development
46:38 Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
01:01:26 Batman: Arkham City Development
01:04:43 Batman: Arkham City (2011)
01:20:18 Batman: Arkham Origins Development
01:24:27 Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)
01:36:55 Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (2013)
01:43:30 Batman: Arkham Knight Development
01:46:41 Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
02:04:31 Batman: Arkham VR (2016)
02:09:40 Batman: The Telltale Series (2016)
02:13:12 Batman: The Enemy Within (2018)
02:15:49 Gotham Knights Development
02:17:44 Gotham Knights (2022)
02:25:50 Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (2023)
Special thanks to:
EpicTrailerMusicUK – Check out his Batman-themed orchestral scores here:
Digital Foundry’s John Linneman – we discussed putting in a cool Scarecrow sequence, but I came down with an illness in the last week and had to shelf the idea.
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