July 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM ET
Hold onto your capes, Batman fans. Word on the street today is that the critically-acclaimed, best-selling Batman series of games from Rocksteady Studios is getting a third installment -- and it's going to be a prequel.
Variety reports the sequel to "Batman: Arkham Asylum" and "Batman: Arkham City" will be a "new, highly stylized" prequel that revolves around Batman's first meeting with the Joker and that it may explore the founding of The Justice League.
According to Variety, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment -- eyeing the success that Marvel and Disney had with The Avengers movie this summer -- is looking for ways to bring the DC Comics heroes together. And so the next Batman game is going to be based on DC Comics from an era known as the Silver Age, which spans from the 1950s to the 1970s. It was during this time that Batman -- along with heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman -- founded the Justice League of America.
Whether the game will actually involve the Justice League is not clear. Variety says only that it has been told that Warner Bros. Interactive "is expected to reteam some of the characters in some form."
Meanwhile, the earliest the new game would launch is 2014, reports Variety, which suggests it may be in the works for the next generation of game consoles. Of course, Sony and Microsoft have yet to even officially reveal what their next machines will be and when they will launch.
So let's keep in mind that this news is only a rumor. Warner Bros. has declined to comment on Variety's report. Of course, Comic-Con is under way in San Diego this week, so perhaps we'll get some official news sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, you don't have to wait until 2014 to play a video game with your DC favorites. "Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes" launched last month and is an excellent hero-filled romp. Check out In-Game editor Todd Kenreck's review right here:
And there's also the fighting game "Injustice: Gods Among Us" which is expected to launch sometime next year. Check out the trailer for that game right here:
Winda Benedetti writes about video games for msnbc.com. You can follow her tweets about games and other things on Twitter here @WindaBenedetti and you follow her on Google+. Meanwhile, be sure to check out the IN-GAME FACEBOOK PAGE to discuss the day's gaming news and reviews.
Winda Benedetti writes about video games for NBCNews.com. You can follow her tweets about games and other things on Twitter here @WindaBenedetti and you follow her on Google+. Meanwhile, be sure to check out the IN-GAME FACEBOOK PAGE to discuss the day's gaming news and reviews.