ArkhamCast Episode 7: Happy 75th Birthday, Bruce!

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ArkhamCast Episode 7: Happy 75th Birthday, Bruce!

Welcome to the ArkhamCast, the Official Podcast of Arkhamverse.com, your hub for the latest news and best discussion from the Batman Arkham games.

As well as the news, this month we take a look at the legendary character of Batman himself with our special guest, Mr Chris Clow from Modern Myth Media and BatmanOnFilm.

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You can download each episode directly from the site from the relevant post or from iTunes here.

Hear the fantastic Nick Cortez as the voice of our Arkham Interludes! Hear him perform Joker, Hugo Strange, Mad Hatter and Calendar Man in this episode, then check out his YouTube channel here for more.

If there is any feedback you have for us about the podcast or if you have any questions or topics you’d like us to discuss on future shows, then you can get in touch via the links below.
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When exactly will Batman: Arkham Knight be released?

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Just before E3 this year, we found out that Batman: Arkham Knight was to be delayed to some unknown time in 2015.

Now, 2015 is a long time; 365 possible release dates, you could say. Where the consumer is left unsure about the release date, the retailers are left in a larger quandary.

Some retailers are still hedging a 2014 release, a few others have opted for the same date in 2015. When a retailer goes for a late December date, this is usually just to cover the entire year.

Argos and Microsoft have chosen 24th February, whilst online retailer ISME have gone for 8th June.

Most interesting though, is this e-mail from Walmart, sent to us this week by one of our followers. The new release date is listed as 31st March (with a comfortable two week delivery window).

So when will Batman: Arkham Knight be released?

First we must take validity of sources into account. Who trumps whom in the strength of their reliability in this matter?

I think it’s fair to say that we can immediately discount any store that lists the 31st of December 2014 or 2015 as the release. These shops are just covering their bases. The June date from ISME seems to be doing just the same, but this time placing it in the middle of the year.

Microsoft would seem to have the most reliable intelligence when it comes to release dates for its Xbox One console’s games, so February 24th is a possibility.

However, I would also suggest that since Walmart have negotiated a preorder exclusive with WB Games for Arkham Knight they may also be privy to accurate information.

Now, both 31st March and February 24th are Tuesdays. As Tuesday is the day that media releases usually occur in the US, this doesn’t really help us other than to confirm that, yes, these could be accurate.

It has also been rumoured that the first wave of DC Direct’s Arkham Knight action figures will be released in March 2015. For Arkham Origins, the first wave of figures coincided with the release of the game.

As it is, I think we have enough circumstantial evidence to give us a six week window of mid-February to the end of March.

Trepidatiously, I’m going to put my cards on the table now and say that the game will be released on Tuesday 17th March 2015 in the USA and Friday 20th of March 2015 in the UK. International releases to occur on each country’s usual media release day between those dates.

Remember, the release date of 17.3.15 is my own conjecture and should not be taken as gospel truth. I do, however, feel that the six week window that it sits within can be held as 90% accurate.

When do you think Arkham Knight will be released?

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SDCC – Kevin Conroy Interview – Batman: Assault on Arkham

Kevin Conroy talked to IGN about his 20+ year career playing Batman and discussed the upcoming Assault on Arkham which is released July 29th digitally and on Blu-Ray and DVD
DVD on the 11th of August.

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Cape, Cowl, Create: Arkham Knight Cape and Cowl Art Gallery

UPDATE:

DC Enrertainment have compiled a brief video about the event.

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From the official press release:

To mark the milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ Batman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed plans for a year-long celebration befitting the world’s most popular Super Hero. Highlights of the anniversary program, which starts today, include a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive “Cape/Cowl/Create” art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists’ interpretation of The Dark Knight’s iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight videogame. There will also be 75th anniversary-related activities across all of Warner Bros. Entertainment throughout the year.

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Batman: Arkham Knight’s Robin Revealed at SDCC

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On show at SDCC are prototypes of two of Play Arts Kai’s upcoming Arkham Knight figures, one being Batman and the other ROBIN.

The card next to him clearly states it is the Arkham Knight Robin, and given how accurate the Batman figure is to his in-game look, this could very well be the FIRST LOOK at Robin from the game! However, do be aware of the card that says ‘Pending Licensor Approval’ and consider the fact that the Play Arts Kai figures always take a small liberty with the design of the characters. We’re also certain that the hood will be attached and that it only appears loose for the sake of articulation.
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SDCC Batman: Arkham Figures include Red Hood and…other villains?

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ToyArk have some images from the first day of SDCC that show off new Batman toys from Mattel.

Amongst others, they have also listed some Batman Arkham toys:

Batman: Arkham Knight
•Arkham Knight
•Mr Freeze (Detective Mode Version)
•Batman (Detective Mode Version)
•Thugs (Detective Mode Versions)
•Scarecrow
•Harley Quinn
•Two-Face
•Red Hood
•Batmobile

DC Multiverse Arkham Origins and Arkham City
•The Joker
•Black Mask
•Batman (Blue and grays suit)
•Clayface
•Killer Croc
•Nightwing
•Hush
•Date Night 4-Pack

Which should read as:

DC Multiverse Arkham Knight
•Arkham Knight
•Batman
•Batman (Detective Mode Version)
•Thug (Detective Mode Versions)
•Scarecrow
•Harley Quinn
•Two-Face
•Red Hood
•Batmobile & Batman Pack

DC Multiverse Arkham Origins and Arkham City
•Mr Freeze (Detective Mode Version)
•Bane (Detective Mode Versions)
•The Joker
•Black Mask
•Batman (Blue and gray suit)
•Clayface
•Deadshot
•Killer Croc
•Nightwing
•Hush
•Date Night 4-Pack

A slight difference, yes, but an important one when we consider that Mr Freeze was lumped in with the Arkham Knight figures. We also need to be weary with the Mattel figures as they are still producing figures for the previous Arkham Games, as opposed to DC Direct, who produce the high quality Arkham figures that we’re used to. It is nice to get a decent look at Red Hood though, as we can see that he does wear his trademark motorcycle-style helmet under his red hoodie.

Below is a gallery of the images from ToyArk (there are more general Batman figures on their site, follow the link at the bottom) and a comparison of the Mattel Multiverse vs DC Direct Arkham City Mr Freeze figures to refresh memories of the differences between the two.
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Red Hood coming to Batman: Arkham Knight!

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Chris over at Batman-News has posted up a banner sent to him by a follower of the site which shows a Red Hood Story Pack as a preorder bonus for Batman: Arkham Knight at GameStop.

Wisely, Chris is being careful about the validity of this banner until confirmation comes through, but it does appear to be in line with GameStop’s previous promo assets. [UPDATE: I've since had the image sent to me directly from GameStop. It's official. -RR]

We’ve since had the news that Mattel are producing a Red Hood figure based on his Arkham Knight design. Check it out here.

What do you think of the news that Red Hood is coming? Takes him out of the running as the Arkham Knight’s alter-ego, I suppose.

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Source: Batman-News

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New Batman: Arkham City Figure From Hot Toys at SDCC ’14

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Hot Toys have teased a new Batman: Arkham City figure to be previewed at the upcoming toy fairs (SDCC is the first on the list) and it looks like it’s going to be the best one yet too! Well, it should be as Hot Toys have been teasing this for a while (see below):
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Source: Hot Toys Facebook

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KGBeast Played By Nolan North in Batman: Assault on Arkham

The full line up of the Sucide Squad has been revealed for Assault On Arkham.

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Clockwise from the top: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Riddler [Nope, it's Captain Boomerang. That's what happens when you schedule a news story before breakfast. Sorry. -RR], King Shark, KGBeast, Killer Frost and Black Spider.

WB PR guru Gary Mireneau also revealed that the Arkhamverse’s Penguin, Nolan North, will be voicing the Russian villain.
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Assault on Arkham will be released digitally on July 29th and on disc two weeks later on the 12th of August. Check out this opening scene from the film:

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Batman: Arkham Knight Action Figures Series 1

That Scarecrow figure sure does lead credence to our feeling that Crane was totally maimed by Croc in Asylum.

These figures will be shown at San Diego Comic-Con next week. Release date coming soon.

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