Rocksteady developing <i>Batman</i> prequel game featuring Justice League

Rocksteady Studios, the British developer behind Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel Batman: Arkham City, is believed to be developing a new installment of the blockbuster video-game series that will feature Superman, Wonder Woman and DC Comics' other major heroes.

Variety reports the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment game will serve as a prequel to 2009's Arkham Asylum and revolve around Batman's first meeting with his arch-nemesis The Joker, which apparently occurs around the time of the Justice League's formation. Although the trade paper references DC comics of the 1950s, it seems more likely the team lineup will reflect the publisher's New 52.

DC's top-tier characters already appear together in DC Universe Online and the newly released LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and will reteam next year in Injustice: Gods Among Us. But a Rocksteady-produced game would take the heroes' profile, and reach, to another level: Batman: Arkham Asylum sold 4.3 million copies, only to be surpassed last year by the sequel Arkham City, which sold a staggering 6 million copies in its first month of release.

The game would debut in 2014 at the earliest, ahead of the proposed 2015 release of Warner Bros.' long-developing Justice League movie.

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