The Batman video games Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are enormously popular, and part of the reason the games are so well-loved by millions of geeks is the superb job the programmers did immersing the player in the role of Batman. The games allow you to be Batman; you can do anything Batman can do, like annihilate a dozen armed thugs at once, or use any gadget Batman uses, like batarangs or grappling lines. The design of the games is also incredible, with stunning graphics and new looks for familiar characters like Harley Quinn, The Scarecrow, The Joker and others.
Not all Bat-fans are crazy about some of these makeovers (The “slutty” Harley Quinn re-design, in particular, is very controversial in the Bat-community), but most are in agreement that the costume Batman himself sports in the game is excellent. It combines the “real-world” aesthetic of the Christopher Nolan Batman films with the classic comic-book appearance of the Dark Knight. It’s a practical suit that looks like it’s constructed out of flexible kevlar or other reality-based materials, while still giving off the menacing, supernatural aura that strikes fear into the hearts of criminals. The suit is so cool in fact, that an independent designer and special effects artist by the name Batpirisss decided to enlist some friends and actually create a wearable replica. The results, as you can see from these photos, is nothing short of astonishing.
Batman: The Brave & The Bold is such a cool cartoon because it’s not beholden to the grim, Gotham-based crime stories of the previous Batman animated series’. It’s allowed to be as campy and as wacky as it wants to be, which is great because the possibilites for fun team-ups and insane sci-fi adventures are endless. Case in point, last week’s show ratcheted up the coolness factor tenfold by teaming Batman up with legendary Hannah-Barbera character Space Ghost in a loving tribute to the late 60’s Hannah-Barbera space cartoons. This is just pure joy: