Batman Begins Game to Take Flight

Holy joystick! As anticipation builds for the new Batman movie, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Comics and Electronic Arts (EA) today announced that they have joined forces to bring the Batman Begins video game to multiple platforms in 2005. The game will be released on June 17, day and date with the film, for PlayStation 2, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) handheld system, Xbox, GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

Jason Hall, senior VP of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, comments, "Batman Begins is the darker depiction of Batman that we’ve all been waiting for, and we are teaming with EA to bring players an edgy, action game that captures this tale,"

Paul Levitz, president and publisher of DC Comics, adds, "This will mark the first time that a Batman video game has been developed to complement a film event, and we look forward to inviting players to step into the movie’s reality and make the world of Batman their own."

Together, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and EA are overseeing all development and production aspects of the game, while EA will handle distribution. The title is being developed by U.K.-based Eurocom for the consoles, and by Vicarious Visions for the handhelds.

The Batman Begins film explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne, played this time by Christian Bale (American Psycho, Laurel Canyon, Equilibrium), travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful.