DC Comics’ Geoff Johns Talks Doing a ‘Superman’ Video Game Right

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Geoff Johns Talks Superman Game

If you’ve read our poll of superhero franchises we would like to see Rocksteady Studios take over, then you already know that Superman sits comfortably at the top of that list. Starring in several games that range from bad to god awful, Superman has now assumed the role that Batman once occupied, but DC’s Geoff Johns hopes that will change, and gives a few thoughts as to how it might.

Obviously the most important way to ensure the Superman game gets off on the right foot is finding a competent studio. Batman happened to fall upon Rocksteady almost as if it was fated, and that relationship grew into something that helped fuel the success of both. If Superman can find a similarly receptive studio, there’s no doubt that success would come of it.

While the most apparent choice would be for Rocksteady to jump in on Superman, that isn’t necessarily the right fit. Part of Johns’ biggest fear is that the combat in Superman will get repetitive — with the player simply flipping robots over for hours on end.

“I think all games come down to gameplay and the right studio. I’m sure the right studio could crack it. Rocksteady has a real passion for Batman, and I think that’s why they make a great game.”

According to Johns, a Superman game gets tossed around a lot at DC Comics, but they can never seem to find the best way to crack that impenetrable surface. One concept they are considering at the moment is John’s ‘Last Son’ storyline, which features many of Superman’s iconic foibles like Zod, and sees Metropolis overrun by super villains a la Arkham City.

There’s honestly a lot that can be done with the Superman property, but most of it, if not executed perfectly, could end up being completely uninteresting. There’s a reason that the pinnacle of pop culture properties tend to be avoided, for this reason or that, and Superman definitely sits at the top of that list. Still, we hope that one day DC can find the right developer and a great game franchise can be born.

What developer, aside from Rocksteady, do you think could deliver an awesome Superman game? How do you envision the game playing: open world or more linear?

Source: Kotaku

 

 

TAGS: Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City, DC Comics, Rocksteady Studios, Superman, Warner Bros. Interactive

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  1. Free Roam would have to cover a huge expansion considering flight and combat, therefore an open world metropolis but also freedom to fly into space or other iconic places in the storyline of superman would be great. Interesting to cover switching from Clark to Superman too! Potential would be incredible!

  2. a few years back there was a superman game in the making and from the brief footage i saw of it it looked pretty decent but then the developers went bust and the game was never heard of again i think a developer needs to grab hold of that and add their own touch to it like maybe updating the graphics.
    you can find the video clip of the game on youtube and see what u think of it

  3. Superman shouldn’t be free roam. Flying everywhere is what ruins the gameplay. If I had to choose which Dev to make this game, I would go with Sucker Punch.

  4. Free roam definately, what’s the point of being able to fly if you cant go any where

  5. I think free-roam should be avoided. A linear game makes more sense with Superman.

  6. Metropolis, Warworld, Star city, gotham, smallville, and fortress of solitude. instead of flying to one or the other, you fast travel, but once there, you can fly way above the city and do whatever.

  7. heres the link to the video of the Superman Game that never was
    http://youtu.be/jHc-a3YE9-0

  8. IMO, if they do a free roaming game, then it wouldn’t really work: Superman can fly across the world in seconds. How boring would it be if he can only fly inside Metropolis (The game would be too constrictive for a Supes game).

    I think they should hold off on a Superman game until the ~future~ (when it’s possible to have an entire world as a map – not just one city)

    P.S. Brandon’s suggestion of having fast-travel combined with free roaming could work IMO.

  9. I’m thinking someone like ubisoft, with their awesome Assassins Creed games. Free roam, ability to switch between Clark and Supes, don’t need to go into space unless a specific mission calls for it.

    • If anybody’s going to develop a Supes game, it HAS to be Rocksteady IMAO.

  10. rock steady? the one who developed batman:arkham city?oh come on!why does it have to be batman and superman in the goddamn DC Universe!!!!i mean there should be for example,Booster Gold,The Flash,or Green Lantern and etc.seriously!there are other characters too!

    • Because it’s superman and batman, but that would be cool if someone developed a game for static.

      • Spectre and Captain Marvel would also be cool.

  11. I believe that Superman needs to have a game similar to spiderman 2 the game I mean you had free roam and could still fightcrime while messing around in the city

  12. what if they try the Death And Return of Superman?

  13. what works, for batman, doesn’t work for superman. batman can’t fly without help. he can’t run faster than a speeding bullet. a map as small as batman’s games wouldn’t work at all for a superman game.

    rocksteady is great and all, but there used to small scale games. as unpopular as it is to say, the batman games are small scale, as fare as space goes. you spend 90% of the time in the exact same areas. i found batman extremely boring after the first play thru. and the riddler objects where annoying eye sores, and a unnecessary filler.

    this is why rocksteady isn’t the right studio for superman. a superman game should be primarily based on saving people on a global scale. from mud slides, to hurricanes, super villains, earthquakes, shooting’s, robberies, the whole deal.
    i picture a superman game where you can listen to crime, and disasters from orbit, zoom in with his binocular vision, and decide who needs saving the most. ( because even sup’s can’t save everyone)

    i’d love it if Bethesda took the job. they’d know how to put the massive content needed into it. there not great with story, but they could make a kick ass map, for sup’s.

    the fortress of solitude should be home base, where you can research kriptonian technology’s. go over evidence you’ve gathered necessary to root out criminals. and imagine if you could take care of superman’s alien zoo. a superman game needs alot of content to be great. more content that any games ever had.

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