In a Los Angeles Times profile pegged to today's launch of Batman: Arkham City, Warner Bros. Interactive President Martin Tremblay drops an enticing crumb: In addition to a new Lord of the Rings video game and a sequel to LEGO Batman, next year the studio will release an adaptation of a DC Comics superhero he wouldn't name.
That Warner Bros. is looking to develop more DC properties for its rapidly expanding games division is no secret -- a new studio in Montreal is being set up specifically for that task. But what could this mysterious title be?
Kotaku notes that while a Superman game may be the obvious guess, given the release of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel in June 2013, it hardly requires a veil of secrecy. After all, movie tie-ins are par for the course.
If not Superman, then might it be Suicide Squad, mentioned by DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns at Comic-Con International 2010? That's certainly a possibility, although Johns told CBR at the time that "It’s going to take years to make." So 2012, even late 2012, is probably too quick of a turnaround.
So if it isn't Superman or Suicide Squad, then what? DC's library is vast, making it difficult to narrow down the choices. Young Justice is on Cartoon Network, with Green Lantern debuting next month, and a new Batman animated series arriving in 2013. Live-action Deadman and Spectre projects are also in development at The CW and Fox, but they don't seem well-suited for video games.
Kotaku's Luke Plunkett is pretending it's Aquaman -- "It'll be like BioShock. With beards." -- which seems as good of a guess at any at this point.