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Report: Lego Batman 2, The Hobbit, and DC Comic games releasing in 2012

Tuesday, 18th October 2011 18:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Earlier today, Gamekyo reported that Warner was set to announce LEGO Batman 2 for multiple platforms next year, and now the LA Times has word that The Hobbit, as well as another DC Comics-based title are heading our way in 2012.

According to a feature on Warner which includes a chat with Warner Interactive president Martin Tremblay, the Hobbit game will be released sometime in 2012 before part one of Peter Jackson’s film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out in December. No word on if it is a tie-in to the films or not, but Guillermo del Toro said previously there will not be a Hobbit game tie-in with the upcoming movie at launch.

“It’s too ambitious to try and tackle that along with The Hobbit,” he said at the time. “We have such tight release dates.” He did however, concede that both he and Jackson would have a part in the eventual game, but from a writer’s standpoint, it would be tough to be as heavily involved in it as he would have like at the time.

As far as extra information concerning the LEGO Batman 2 title, the LA Times article only mentions it in passing, and that Tremblay wasn’t at liberty to provide explicit details on the DC Comics game, nor the superhero which would be starring in it.

We’ll send Warner a mail regarding all three, and see what it has to tell us.

Maybe it will also tell us why the hell Jackson wrote Legolas into The Hobbit when there’s no mention of him whatsoever in the book.

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  1. blackdreamhunk

    there has never ever been a good superman game ever made ever. How ever If I was game dev I could but would I want to do a superman game?

    the hobbit sounds pretty good.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. IL DUCE

    New Superman game?

    EDIT: @1 Lol you beat me to it, that was my sentiment as well

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    Rocksteady doesn’t seem to think one would work, but that could just be a smokescreen :P

    What if it’s Aquaman or even better, Martian Manhunter!!!!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Superman is a terrible character for any medium.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. viralshag

    I just bought Lego Batman on Steam! Yay!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OldDaveNJ

    As a Prince of the Elven kingdom in northern Mirkwood and a skilled warrior, Legolas almost certainly would have been involved in a couple of major episodes in “The Hobbit.” It actually would have been weird for him NOT to be written into the movie version, even though he’s not mentioned by name in the book. “The Hobbit” doesn’t exist in isolation but is part of a much larger body of work that includes “The Lord of the Rings” and a fair bit of backstory material that has been published over the years.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    Seriously? This isn’t the Silmarilion or Unfinished Tales or even based on notes Christopher Tolkien dug up in his dad’s basement – yes, anyone who has read the trilogy knows who Legolas is, but we all know he is just included in the film to make the girls go squee. It’s not cannon, and while adding a new character to add meat to a plotline is fine, adding a character not introduced yet, (supposedly) and one everyone knows the history behind, well, it’s just to fill seats in the theater, because people would see it regardless and Tolkien gave Jackson more than enough to work with.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @7 I’ll just do what I did with the movies, and pretend he isn’t there.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OldDaveNJ

    @7 — I’m not quite sure what you mean when you say Legolas’ presence at events in “The Hobbit” isn’t canon. It’s not based just on some obscure comment in JRRT’s notes. His relationship to the Elven-king of “The Hobbit” is pretty clearly spelled out in LOTR. Even his involvement in the imprisonment of the dwarves in “The Hobbit” is noted by Gloin in LOTR.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    @9 I am not going to argue semantics with you over this, but if he is not mentioned he is not mentioned. Plain and simple. Yes, his father and his kingdom in Mirkwood are in The Hobbit, and surely Legolas was around – and he may not have been too “tender” on Gloin – but Legolas does not appear himself. Now if he was just a cameo in the movie based on that one line from LOTR while the dwarves were imprisoned or possibly showed up during the battle of the five armies, fine – but all reports state he has a “significant part” in it, so, no it will not be cannon to the book. Now adding Galadriel to a scene where Gandalf is meeting with the white council? Yes fine – but not a significant part – no. Giving Arwen more parts in LOTR than she had in the books was fine – because it told the story of her and Aragorn which gives the viewer a significant reason why he stuck with her over Eowyn who was significantly “better for him” – and they skipped over her and Faramir (at least in the final cut) getting together which confused audiences unfamiliar with the books – but that is apples and oranges. Again, my opinion on the matter is he is not mentioned, ergo he should not be in the movie.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. viralshag

    ^KAPOW!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. OldDaveNJ

    @10 — we’ll have to agree to disagree and see how the movies turn out. I actually think/hope that Legolas’ involvement will be largely limited to those two episodes (and maybe the aid mission to Esgaroth), and that the “significant part” part will be in the Battle of the Five Armies. And really, the battle is only given a few pages in the book, and much of it is described only in very broad terms. I’m sure the battle will be a major set piece in the film, and Jackson is going to have to flesh out a huge amount of detail (which will inherently be non-canon). It just makes sense to me to build some of that detail around a (mostly) well-liked character that, between his position and skills, we know would have been very much involved.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Stephany Nunneley

    @12 I guess I should just be thankful Jackson is ignoring all the fan fiction surrounding Legloas and just watch the movie instead of moaning about it – but I am a Tolkien nerd (not exactly a purest, but close). :)

    #13 3 years ago