Batman: The Dark Knight was an open world action stealth video game loosely based on the 2008 film, The Dark Knight. The game was unofficially revealed in the summer of 2007 as being in the works at Pandemic Studios’ Australian branch in Brisbane.
This cancellation makes The Dark Knight the first Batman film made by Warner Bros. not to receive a video game translation.
As we can read on Kotaku (thanks to Robert Seddon for the link!), the development of Dark Knights had too many problems and it was probably the main reason why the studio was closed:
“Pandemic worked out a deal with Warner/DC and EA to make a Batman game. So Pandemic spent six months on pre-production of a Batman game. Then EA came in and said it had to be a Dark Knight game, so most of that six months’ work was thrown out. EA were forced to rush the project, as their ownership of the Batman rights would expire in December 2008. […] Pandemic thought an open-world game would suit the property best. But few, if any staff at Pandemic Brisbane had experience making open-world games. The decision was made to use the same engine being used for Pandemic’s upcoming WWII action title Saboteur. It’s a pretty engine, but was never built for the kind of open-world game Batman was supposed to be, and this caused a ton of serious technical issues.
Some leaked screenshots were found by Superior Version in January 2009.
Thanks to Borman and Dan for the contribution!
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I love the idea of an open ended Batman game because I would want to mess around and punch old ladies in the cunt, I’M BATMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!
Are The Problem’s For The Game Discovered Yet?. The Joker Would Have Been Cool To Fight.
Apparently this was at first thought to be cancelled due to Heath Ledger’s untimely passing. However it was later revealed that the project was turned into Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Too bad, but we will be getting our free-roam Batman with Arkham City, hopefully. =)
very dissapoinment it’s so a nice game batman
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hey why bring the batman back ahha joker paly time release date next time
In fact, along with Batman: The Dark Knight, the PSP version of Batman Begin was cancelled.