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DC Daily Planet: Full of Surprises

This has been a week of big reveal after big reveal. Beware, if you’re not caught up on your shows and comics, there might be some spoilers ahead!

But don’t worry, let’s start with a non-spoilery reveal: Telltale Games announced that they’re making a Batman game for 2016.

Here’s the official announcement trailer:

In addition to the trailer, here’s what we know:

  • The game will be focusing on Bruce Wayne rather than, say, Dick Grayson, or anyone else who has ever picked up the mantle.
  • David Haddad, president of Warner Bros. Entertainment says “This iteration of Batman will give fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.”
  • The game will follow the Telltale ‘episodic’ formula of 5 episodes.
  • The game will premier digitally for PC/Mac and other platforms.

So… Not a ton to go off of just yet, but I can’t lie to you. I’m excited. If you’re unfamiliar with Telltale’s work and are a person who enjoys video games, check out their Fables spin-off, The Wolf Among Us. It’s an episodic crime thriller/mystery that fills me with hope about the studio’s ability to execute an engaging and suspenseful story worthy of the Dark Knight.

The second non-spoiler reveal is an update to our ongoing effort to keep tabs on the new Supergirl ongoing comic. This is something I reported on a couple weeks ago after it had been announced, but we’ve finally been given some more concrete info about Kara’s new book, via the Amazon description:

SUPERGIRL: DIGITAL FIRST VOL. 1 ties directly into critically acclaimed Fall 2015 hit television show Supergirl, continuing storylines as they appear on the show.

Kara Zor-El landed on Earth after many years stuck in en route from her now-destroyed home planet Krypton, having followed in her famous cousin Superman’s footsteps. Upon arriving, she was taken in by the lovely Danvers family and taught to hide her un-Earthly powers from sight. As the world falls in love with her super hero cousin Superman, Kara starts to feel the urge to embrace her powers, especially when her powers can save someone she loves.

But does National City want a Supergirl? Is the world ready for another super hero? And what other-worldly consequences arrive once Kara Danvers reveals her true self? Find out in the stories between the episodes in SUPERGIRL: DIGITAL-FIRST VOL. 1!

No confirmed creative team or release date just yet but still more info than we’ve had since the premiere of the show.

And speaking of Supergirl, that leads us into this week’s spoiler-y second. Three major reveals across three individual universes and two separate mediums. On TV, Supergirl and The Flash both featured some on screen time for the new live action faces of J’onn J’onnz, the Martian Manhunter, and Wally West, a character known for being both Kid Flash and The Flash in the comics, respectively.

It might be a bit unfair to categorize those two together, since we did get a clearcut notice that Wally would be showing up in The Flash earlier this season and the surprise reveal of J’onn was… well, exactly that. But if you’re like me and a Wally West fan, you probably felt your heart flutter a little bit the second Keiynan Lonsdale showed up on screen and said his name. It was a cool moment.

Wally was re-introduced to the New 52 universe in the comics just over a year ago and he finds his home in The Flash ongoing as a side character, so if you’re interested in him you might want to grab that book starting around Annual #3 or issue #30.

If you’re interest has been peaked by J’onn, you’re in luck. The Martian Manhunter has a brand new ongoing titled, unsurprisingly, Martian Manhunter that just started earlier this year.

And for our third reveal, Batman & Robin: Eternal has re-introduced the character Azrael to the Batman mythology in the New 52. Fans of the pre-reboot continuity might remember him as the guy who went a little off the deep end while filling in for Batman after Bane broke the Bat. Fans of the Arkham game series might recognize him as that guy with the totally pointless and repetitive combat sidequests that would pop up for no real reason other than to be annoying.

Either way, Azrael’s back with a vengeance and I’m actually pretty excited to see where he ends up falling in the scheme of things in Gotham once the event is over.

That’s all for this week!