Batman nears 2 million as Warner realigns DC

Production house reorganizes venerable comics publisher to better leverage characters across games, TV, film; Arkham Asylum already double-platinum.

Last week, The Walt Disney Corporation announced its $4 billion acquisition offer for Marvel Entertainment. Pending shareholder and regulatory approval, the deal gives Disney Interactive Studios access to some 5,000 new characters with which to integrate into games. Now, it appears as if Marvel's significant upheaval will be matched by longtime rival DC Comics.

2 million units is no laughing matter.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, parent company of DC Comics, has announced the establishment of DC Entertainment, a new company designed to better leverage DC Comics' IP across a breadth of media, including games, TV, and movies. No new projects were announced as part of the reorganization.

"Based on the great success we've had working with DC Comics to create some of the most popular and successful superhero films of all time, I've long believed that there was much more we could do across all of Warner Bros.' businesses with this great body of characters and stories," Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov said in a statement. "The prioritization of DC and the creation of DC Entertainment is a great opportunity that reaches far beyond the film group."

The division will be led by Diane Nelson, who previously served as president of Warner Premiere, a studio-based production company. Nelson's credits also include representing Warner Bros.' interest in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise. Current DC Comics president Paul Levitz, best known for writing many classic DC characters, including Batman and Wonder Woman, will transition to a role as contributing editor and consultant with DC Entertainment.

The move comes following the success of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Eidos, and Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum, which debuted to glowing reviews on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 25. (A PC edition is expected later this year.) According to the Los Angeles Times, Arkham Asylum has sold nearly 2 million units since launching less than a month ago.

The LA Times did not indicate whether Arkham Asylum's sales were on a global basis or if the figure represents units sold through to consumers or shipped to retailers. WBIE had not responded to requests for clarification as of press time.

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235 comments
plamberton
plamberton

definitely in the running for "game of the year". Finally an excellent Batman game.

couly
couly

and the PC version isn't out yet so add on about ooh, 50 to 100 more copies. :D

jer_1
jer_1

Two thumbs up on this game, its high quality no doubt...

Bazz3442
Bazz3442

This game has now set a new benchmark for all games and not just 3rd person or Super Hero games to follow. Developers should set about building a loyal fan-base (which this game has easily done, and it's not even out for PC yet) for their games and more will follow. They should give their games a little T.L.C and think a little less about the money, but something tells me all that money is a little too tempting to pass up too have it spent on developing a classic.

firehawk998
firehawk998

One of the reasons that arkham asylum did so well was because Rocksteady didnt treat this game like a cash in for some movie. They have created a great IP out of this. Let this be a lesson to all other developers out there who want to create a game based on a superhero. Let the game have its original game playmechanics, dont try to force the game into situations that the superhero would never do and finally dont release a lazydeveloped game and hope its fanbase buys it out of loyalty.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Pretty sure it's exclusive play as Joker on the PS3 shankygreat* . This game is great, not only as a comic based titles, but as a 3rd person action adventure all together. Maybe they should cancel the new Dead to Rights title and start from scratch given this games success. Just Saying!

funnysplay
funnysplay

I just beat it today. It's a really great game. And the Joker's voice by Mark Hammill (LukeSkywalker) Is really well done. The 9/10 was well deserved.

V4LENT1NE
V4LENT1NE

I have only got about 15 minutes in on the Xbox 360 version but its really good so far, I love the animation on Joker =D

shankygreat
shankygreat

this is not only the best comic character game,infact this is one of the best third person action adventure game ever . deserves 10. Also game gives exclusive joker play on xbox360. and nvidia physx graphics enhancement on PC's. Really great. This game is one of the most seriously made games ever. "can touch 4 million sales total as pc release is still there"

truck2
truck2

best batman game ever and will be for a long time

osiris
osiris

DC and Marvel owned by one company? damn...

Excedra
Excedra

best superhero game EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oxymandias
Oxymandias

I wonder if DC Universe online will have such a good playable experience? ;-) Oink

jlevin860
jlevin860

why can't other companies take the hint? if they actually take their time on a game, WE THE CONSUMERS will respond with our dollars.

spectrethered
spectrethered

I agree with shootingrobot. The game was definitely created with the intent to push the envelope of the Batman genre to a higher level of respect.

shootingrobot98
shootingrobot98

Arkham Asylum was awesome because it was not created by a second-rate developer intent on creating a budget-priced game to coincide with the release of a movie. The developers took their time producing this game, and they intended it to be able to compete with the big guys.

confucioussayyo
confucioussayyo

"Based on the great success we've had working with DC Comics to create some of the most popular and successful superhero films of all time," I lol'd. He should have said "Two", not "Some".

tmorri603
tmorri603

I hope this shows that you don't have to have a superhero game based on a movie to sell well. But knowing the powers that be, they will never learn their lesson and we will be showered with movie/videogame tie-ins every summer that suck big time.

shentonio
shentonio

@5011704dc No need to be modest, this definitely IS the best game adaption of a comic book character. The writers have really captured the dark tone of the more famous batman comics, and the great cartoon series in the 90's. Was a stroke of genius to have Mark Hamill voicing the Joker, and having the writer from the cartoon series penning the story. Big win, what a great game! : )

shentonio
shentonio

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5011704dc
5011704dc

The best comic based game ever, and i know thats a sweeping statment to make but with a great storyline, polished graphics and annimation with clever gamplay elements like "free flow combat" and "detective mode" intergrated seemlessly into the game. It fully deserves the huge sales, if anything more people should be buying!

delta3074
delta3074

this is well deserved, i have been a BATMAN fan since i was a kid, and this game is freakin awesome in every respect, the graphics are awesome, the stroy line is amazing (based on the graphic novel,Arkham Asylum :a serious house,on serious earth,which is a good read for all bat's fans like myself) the combat is smooth and concise and the amount of replayability makes this game this years must have title, this is my personal GOTY.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

man, this has to be THE MOST UNEXPECTED AND AWESOME GAME EVER!.....its like all the comic-based games are like "meh" over these ten years(and don't get me started on Superman 64) and then BAM!!! a totally awesome game that sold as well as other big-time titles that took YEARS to get it's fanbase, just blew past the competition! and the amazing thing is that it's all based on BATMAN!!!!.......and it's STILL sold out in my area T_T, why must it sell so well!? maybe i should order it online instead.....

Grovilis
Grovilis

This has to be one of the BEST games I have ever played. It's a vary immersable game and just plain awesome, but I still consider it a rental just because there really is no point in playing it again once you have all of the achievements. Still I enjoyed every BIT of it.

Cheesehead9099
Cheesehead9099

I agree with Makhdoom. Although it tastes better with a pinch of salt. Oh and BTW, ARKHAM ASYLUM RUUULLESS

mm5048
mm5048

BEST BATMAN GAME EVAR!!!! now that that's outta my system, people gotta try this out, even if it's just a rental.

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

This is one delicious game i tell ya

lazydogg2007
lazydogg2007

yeah i think it would work with the money behind them both!!!! Be interesting to see what comes out!!!!

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

This is def one game i'd give my approval & deserves to sell endlessly, alot of well-made content, easy to pick up & play but hard to master combat (Ref, Challenges). Feels like a game that people have spent years building, and it paid off very well. 10/10

styles_by_miles
styles_by_miles

I was afraid that this game would fly under the radar, being so long after the movie. Luckily the marketing was adequate to let the average joe ignoramus that the game existed. the long lead time and effort put into polishing this game was worth it.

remi06
remi06

it deserves to sell this well great game

Syphofighter
Syphofighter

Great Game.... I can't stop playing it...especialy the challenges, I hope whatever the new DLC is it will be great

SolidSnakeJT
SolidSnakeJT

heytito, you should play the game at hard instead....and you knew there wouldnt be online so thats a lame excuse...offline game is the way to go anyway online is overated

heytito
heytito

i bought the game beat it in 2 days got bored and sold it back to gamespot, the game was too easy for me i don't know with out online playability it was a waste of my money, waiting for halo odst that will be worth my $$$$$

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

@penpusher: Well, I really wanted the game on 360 (because I like the controller a lot more than the DS3), but I also wanted to play as Joker really bad, too. So then I decided to just get both versions. I can afford it, so I thought, why not? :)

penpusher
penpusher

@Doolz2024 Just purely out of interest ,,, why?

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

No surprise. The game is great. So great, that I bought 2 copies. :D One for PS3, and one for 360. :D

kweeni
kweeni

i just came back from the store...i got BATMAN!!! i have absolutely no doupt it will be awesome! man i can't wait to play it! gonna play it rite now...well after i'm done with eating :D

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

The 2 most recent Batman films are the best I've seen. I used to have a nostalgic connection to the earlier Batman film (Jack Nicholson). Now looking back the new movies trump the old ones. I've only played the demo of Arkham Asylum, but it really got me excited to play the game. I've got it in my GameFly Q, but it might be a while until I get a chance to play it. I'm always happy when characters get the proper movie and game treatments. Worried about the Disney deal. This reorganization sounds more like re-branding and doesn't seem like it will have a big affect on anything. _

kenken2g
kenken2g

Batman AA is a freakin' dope game... AWESOME. I haven't had this much fun in gaming in a while ;)

XeonForce
XeonForce

Amazing game, and considering that I never was big into Batman before, I sure as hell am now.

Evolution-X0
Evolution-X0

i rented it out, might buy it later on and finish it. good game.

hikaru84
hikaru84

The game deserves praise and look forward to playing it again...was so worth the wait and derserves all its success! Now, when might we get a sequel?..Best to give the folks at Rocksteady a breather!

Pwnd56
Pwnd56

Arkham asylum was awesome, I hope DC teams up with rocksteady to make a sequel IN GOTHAM! That would be epic

TheBatFreak777
TheBatFreak777

yes, indeed, I'm a Batman fan and always will be. I'm glad the new game, let alone the last couple movies, have delivered so well!

Kelemhuma
Kelemhuma

Yeah this game rulez! I am getting PC version.

mjk_1
mjk_1

awesome game, wish i had the ps3 version

chaisemon
chaisemon

oh man.. i am waiting for somebody to sell the game so that i can buy it pre owned.

AcidRainPain
AcidRainPain

This game is amazing, the storyline is so in-depth that even people who don't know a thing about batman can play it and they will learn everything there is to know about Batman's universe.