Bat-week: Arkham City launch trailer, Detective Comics relaunch, Year One movie and Holy Terror!

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It's Batman!

This week is Batman week on State of Play, celebrating the release of the Batman: Arkham City video-game in New Zealand on Friday.

I’ve just looked at the last issue of the 5-part Batman: Arkham City prequel comic-book as well as the first two issues of the relaunched Detective Comics from DC and later this week I’ll share with you what I thought of them. Not Batman, but related, I’ll also be having a look at former Batman writer/artist Frank Miller’s Holy Terror graphic novel and getting back to you about that as well.

This week also sees the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Batman: Year One animated movie, based on the classic Batman origin tale by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. It’s a cracking yarn following a very flawed pre-commissioner Jim Gordon and a fledgling Batman, drawn together for the first time by Gotham’s dark underbelly. I’ll hopefully have more to say about this later in the week (hint,hint).

Meanwhile, to get the ball rolling, check out the new Batman: Arkham City launch trailer. Here’s what the folks at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Australia had to say about it:

Batman: Arkham City will be available nationwide Wednesday, October 19, and to help prepare you for the intense melee combat, sprawling cityscape and dangerous encounters in Arkham City, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment are presenting a new Batman: Arkham City trailer featuring some of Gotham’s greatest villains. Mr. Freeze, Hugo Strange, Two-Face, Penguin and The Joker are just some of the adversaries who are out to stop the Dark Knight in this hotly anticipated release. Batman: Arkham City is rated “M” and will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Oh, yes!