Will ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ Be The Best Comic-Book Video Game Ever?

FINALLY, it looks like we may have our first-ever really great comic book video game. And it’s about time!

We all know that the comic books-to-movies game is a tricky one that is gotten wrong more often than right (“Catwoman,” “Daredevil,” “The Punisher”). Well, an even worse situation is the world of comic books-to-video-games.

Whenever a comic book movie hits theaters, the inevitable onslaught of action figures, lunchboxes, clothing, coffee mugs and computer games begin. Comic book heroes are the perfect candidates to have great quality video-games made about them, and there’s an enormous array of great story lines, characters, weapons, gadgets, fighting styles and love interests to include in what should be awesome video games. But with the rush to get the games out in time to meet the movie release dates, the games are rarely as good as they could be (“Superman 64,” anyone?).

In fact, I find it hard to name a single comic book-related game that would make it into my all-time top 10 list. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed games like “Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Marvel Ultimate Alliance,” “Spider-Man 2,” “The Incredible Hulk : Ultimate Destruction,” “Turok,” “The Punisher” … even “Superman Returns” and “TMNT” were all good, but none make it near my top 10.

So when our games guru Stephen Totilo got his hands on the exclusive “Batman: Arkham Asylum” computer game trailer a couple of days ago, I was smiling bigger than the Joker! (And so was Stephen, who got a sneak preview.)

It’s clear the trailer is really playing to the stealth element of Batman (hanging upside down and grabbing an enemy like in “Batman Begins” — awesome!). But I was over the moon to see a glimpse of Batman and his gadgets: the Batarang (targeting multiple enemies in one throw), the Bat-Grapple, Batman’s infa-red vision, and of course the fact that Batman will happily go fist-to-fist with any number of opponents. I can’t wait to see what takedown moves they’ll give Batman.

I even had to watch the trailer again (a couple of times) when I came into work this morning. It looks amazing! I’ve been waiting for this game for a few reasons: First, Batman is my favourite character of all time (with Wolverine a close second); second, I’m still in awe of the “Dark Knight” movie; and third, they took their time to get it right. And judging by the trailer, they’ve delivered!