A Nolanverse BATMAN Game Was Seemingly Pretty Far Into Development Before It Was Cancelled

A Nolanverse BATMAN Game Was Seemingly Pretty Far Into Development Before It Was Cancelled A Nolanverse BATMAN Game Was Seemingly Pretty Far Into Development Before It Was Cancelled

Monolith Productions, the game studio behind Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its sequel entitled Middle-earth: Shadow of War was apparently making a Batman game.

By MarkJulian - Apr 07, 2024 09:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Multiplatform
Source: via Kotaku

Over the years, there have been a number of rumors concerning DC Comics video games including a Superman game from Rocksteady, a Batman Beyond game and a continuation of the Arkham-verse starring Damian Wayne.

At first, gamers have met each rumor with a hefty amount of skepticism but as time passes, evidence keeps emerging that there's some truth to all of these rumors.

However, gameplay footage for a title that was never previously rumored has surfaced online recently. It seems there were plans for a Monolith Productions video game, set in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy that never came to fruition.

Under the codename Project Apollo, it seems Monolith was working on this Batman game around 2010, meaning it likely would have been released on the PlayStation 3 and/or the Xbox 360.

It's reported that development on this game was ultimately cancelled with its assets reworked for 2014's Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

According to several reports, the game was an open-world title that was developed for around 18 months before it was shelved. The aborted Batman game was the origin of Monolith's renowned Nemesis system.

It was supposed to have created a cast of distinct, randomly-generated Gotham City villains, who, should they beat The Dark Knight, return stronger with a new name and abilities.

While this game sounds awesome, it was ultimately canned because it never got the support of Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. made it clear to the studio that it would need his approval to move forward.

Monolith reportedly had trouble even getting into contact with Nolan, who notoriously doesn't own a cell phone and works on a computer that doesn't have an internet connection. It appears that rather than the idea being canceled because of Nolan's dissatisfaction, progress stagnated because Nolan simply didn't care enough to pay attention.

Of course, things worked out in the end with Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War going on to become best-selling, award-winning video game titles.

And Monolith finally has their hands on a DC Comics superhero as they're currently hard at work on a Wonder Woman game that will reportedly make use of the Nemesis system.

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