One of the more persistent games industry rumors in recent months has been that celebrated Batman Arkham developers Rocksteady Studios is secretly working on a Superman project. That title, online chatter insisted, was destined to be announced in early December at the Game Awards. However, the company shot down said speculation shortly before the event kicked off.
The prospect of a Superman game on current, and possibly next-gen, consoles is ironic, considering the Man of Steel doesn't have a great track record when it comes to games. Superman 64 is still widely regarded as one of the worst games of all time. Those that have followed in its wake haven't fared much better, with the sole exception being Injustice, though its validity as a Superman game would be up for debate. Injustice, after all, isn't so much about Superman himself as it is about the world being affected by his fall from grace, and in both the original and last year's sequel, Injustice 2, he's more of a passive driver in what could be considered his own story.
It sounds like a small thing, but it's actually part of a bigger issue in recent years, which is that writers outside of comics don't seem to believe that Superman can be interesting on his own. Sure, the alleged World's Finest game hit the right hype notes of bringing in Batman and Robin, two allies he has a strong relationship with. At the same time, though, if Superman is the strongest hero in the DC Universe -- or close to it since, y'know, Wonder Woman -- shouldn't he be strong enough to headline his own game, afforded the opportunity to shine on his own, much like how Batman?
Since the release of the hotly divisive film Man of Steel, it's beginning to feel more and more like Warner Bros. doesn't believe Superman can really carry anything on his own. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was almost Man of Steel 2, but ended up being more about the Dark Knight. Supergirl only brings Tyler Hoechlin's version of the character out when they absolutely need to, and the animated Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen films cannot wait to be about the Supers that emerge after his death.