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Rumour – Warner Bros. has been trying to develop a Superman video game since 2013

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If there’s one comic book character whose only real weakness is a consistency in crappy video games, it has to be Superman. Barring the guilty pleasure that is the official Superman Returns movie tie-in game (THAT METALLO FIGHT!), it seems that the Man of Steel just cannot catch a break when it comes to performing a solo act in the video game space.

After all, how do you translate the godlike power of Superman into an interactive experience that is fun, exhilarating and able to deliver on the power fantasy that his character represents? That’s the skyscraper dilemma that Warner Bros. has been trying to leap over in a single bound for years now, as so far the best Superman game has been the one wherein the last son of Krypton has been a raging totalitarian dick in NetherRealm’s Injustice series.

Here’s a spicy bit of rumour sauce to dip your speculation chips into though: According to industry insider James Sigfield, Warner Bros. have been trying to get some form of a Superman game up, up and away into development. It’s worth taking with a pinch of krypto-salt, but according to Sigfield’s twitter thread:

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  • Warner Bros. began field pitches from 2013
  • These pitches came from across the gaming industry
  • One such pitch included an open-world game similar to Marvel’s Spider-Man and included a hefty rogues gallery
  • Another pitch was based on the Superman: Unbound comic book storyline and animated film
  • Superman: Unbound would have taken place inside the bottle city of Kandor that Brainiac possessed
  • There were fewer open world gameplay mechanics and more limits on Superman’s vast array of powers
  • Superman: Unbound was eventually cancelled, due to Warner Bros. mandate that all their hero games use the Arkham engine
  • An engine that made flight nearly impossible to function properly at the time

Over on ResetEra, one member of that forum who claims to have worked for Warner Bros. Interactive says otherwise to all of these claims:

I worked at WB in 2015, and heard no rumblings of any Superman game during my time there. I didn’t work in the game department, but attended conference meetings where folk like Geoff Johns gave talks on WB plans, and anyway there are no secrets in the workplace lol…, so yeah none of these pitches would have gotten substantially far in development unfortunately. WB are all about that Batman money.

So who knows? Point is, a proper Superman game is long overdue. With Rocksteady’s Arkham series setting the benchmark with their take on Batman, Spider-Man carrying that baton in his own magnificent solo outing recently and Marvel pushing further into that sphere with an upcoming Avengers game, Warner Bros. is at risk of playing catch-up to the house of mouse yet again.

There’s a brilliant Superman game out there, just waiting to be realised and made public. Who knows, someone might be working on it right now. What a time to not have X-Ray vision so that I can confirm this.

Last Updated: November 12, 2019

24 Comments

  1. Can imagine it wont be an easy task….With Supes on OP level an Origin story is the only posibility or arc where Supes gets nerfed, buts thats no fun…I know if i had to play the game i’d fly out to space to the sun for those Exp points as soon as possible.

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  2. G8crasha

    November 12, 2019 at 14:57

    Superman is one of the OGs of Superheroes. He deserves more love and care!

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  3. Hammersteyn

    November 12, 2019 at 14:57

    Batman games had the whole stealth mechanic, qte combat and gadgets going for it. Not to mention and excellent selection in villians. I think the problem is that this type of gameplay would never work in a Superman game, so what do they do?

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    • Hammersteyn

      November 12, 2019 at 14:57

      Or maybe they’re figuring out how to monetize it, like selling you kryptonite canceling kredits, because your power is being drained by a kryptonite hydrogen bomb that went of in the atmosphere and you can only fly and punch things so much before tiring.

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      • Admiral Chief

        November 12, 2019 at 14:57

        *kankeling

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    • G8crasha

      November 12, 2019 at 15:01

      Technically, aside from the odd one here and there (such as the aforementioned Batman, and the last Spiderman game), all superheroes pretty much fall into the same mould. They have a limited number of powers, and thus, there isn’t much in the way of variety that one can obtain from playing as them. I’m curious to see how Marvel’s Avengers works with the limitation, and maybe, just maybe, that will start making game developers think about how they can bring other superheroes into the gaming world!

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  4. For the Emperor!

    November 12, 2019 at 15:50

    So you will obviously have to spend 70% of the game as a clutsy reported pining for Lois and researching some lame news stories…

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  5. For the Emperor!

    November 12, 2019 at 15:50

    So you will obviously have to spend 70% of the game as a clutsy reported pining for Lois and researching some lame news stories…

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  6. SagatatiaRZA

    November 12, 2019 at 14:56

    As much as I hate origin retellings, it might work for a video game. RPG system as you realize your powers so you aren’t, you know, stupidly strong against early and mid game punching fodder.

    That said what THE HELL HAPPENED TO THAT LEAKED HARRY POTTER GAME?! WHERE IS IT?!

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    • Hammersteyn

      November 12, 2019 at 14:56

      • SagatatiaRZA

        November 12, 2019 at 14:57

        Those mobile games can suck my Philosopher’s Stones.

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        • Hammersteyn

          November 12, 2019 at 14:57

          LOL

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    • Llama In The Rift

      November 12, 2019 at 14:56

      Well the Harry Potter game’s leak originated from testing at a mall if i got that right so i think they might anounce at 2020 E3 or early Q1 2020.

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      • SagatatiaRZA

        November 12, 2019 at 14:56

        I’ve been watching every big game show live in anticipation of it. I hope you’re right!!

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        • Llama In The Rift

          November 12, 2019 at 14:57

          I’ve got my eyes and ears on that game as well….Half Blood Prince was the best HP game on PC i played and the exploring of Hogwarts only whetted my appetite for more, really hope they don’t ax the game befor releases.

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    • JacoZAB

      November 12, 2019 at 14:56

      What a coincidence, I was wondering about the Harry Potter game this morning. lol

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  7. BradeLunner

    November 12, 2019 at 14:56

    Set it at night in Gotham!

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