During Comic Con there’s always a ton of panels to choose from boasting their cast and their movie or game, but this year I got to experience a real treat! This year I attended the panel for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and they did a lot less boasting and a lot more showing.
The panel started off pretty much standard with IGN’s Greg Miller introducing the great folks that would be on the panel including Game Director Arthur Parsons who would lead most of the discussion, Executive Producer Phil Ring, and a host of the extremely talented voice actors. The amazing actors proved to be the spotlight of the panel, with Troy Baker and Travis Willingham (Batman and Superman respectively) keying off with some witty banter, Laura Bailey (Wonder Woman) who showed off some of WW’s anger with everything, Dee Bradley Baker (Brainiac) who showed off his brilliantly evil character, Scott Porter (Aquaman) who tried to defend Aquaman’s reputation a bit, and Josh Keaton (Green Lantern) who seemed truly humbled by the opportunity to portray Hal.
The panel was much more than witty banter though. Along the way, Parsons detailed several key features about the upcoming Lego Batman and even revealed a few things that had previously been hidden away. One such detail was that the game would feature an expansive cast of characters including over 150 of your favorite heroes, heroines, and villains. Included among this roster would of course be favorites like Catwoman and Cyborg, Batman and Robin, and Superman, but one of the characters that was revealed was Superboy! Superboy will be voiced by Scott Porter who seemed absolutely ecstatic about the reveal and was fairly vocal about the fact that Superboy is his favorite character. There was also a bit of a hint at BatCow but we didn’t see too much of her in action.
There was also a bit of gameplay shown during the panel. In this gameplay we saw some exploits of the iconic 1960’s Batman and Robin in Lego brick form. They built their Batmobile and chased down Joker! Joining forces with Batgirl, the caped crusaders were able to defeat Joker and his minions (Sad to say that Harley Quinn was not among them). With each blow from their fists, a nostalgic, comic book like onomatopoeic “Pow!” or “Crash!” appeared at the point of contact. At the end of the gameplay footage, a whole host of characters from the 1960’s era was shown doing the Bat Dance in the diner the fight had taken place, including Penguin, Commissioner Gordon, and Catwoman. After the video was done the one and only Adam West came onto the panel! At that point, everyone in the hall seemed to be in awe of the amazing West, panelists included.
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After that the panelists continued to answer questions related to the game and the experiences they had while recording with each other, stating that it truly was a humbling experience to be included in a project full of such talented individuals. We got a pretty good taste of the comic value that will be in the upcoming title and it seems pretty awesome!
It was also revealed that players would be making their way to several of the Lantern planets, including Zemuron and Ysmault. Much of the game will be in space and the overworld will be an open world style like Gotham was in previous Lego Batman games. It was stated that Space would be the over-open-world this time around because Brainiac is the main villain of the story line and he is trying to harness the power of all of the Lantern colors in order to carry out his evil plot!
There were only a few audience questions and each of them proved to be pretty good and relevant (surprisingly), but one of the most interesting ones was when a fan inquired on the possibility of a Lego Mavel vs DC crossover, stating that “Once you’ve reached space you’ve done it all.” Parsons responded to the inquiry stating “Who knows…” He let the audience sit on bated breath for a moment before finishing “I don’t. They don’t tell me anything.” He said that if they ever tell him anything he tells everyone everything so that’s why he never knows about anything besides the game he’s working on at the time. Parsons also mentioned that Lego Batman 3 will be available this fall on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Mac, PS Vita, and 3DS. Pre-order are available now and come with a host of pre-order incentives like exclusive collectibles.
Enjoy the Trailer that debuted during the panel:
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