The last time we heard rumblings of a new Superman game was last year when it looked like Rocksteady was going to announce that their new game will focus around Superman. However, Rocksteady confirmed that their next title will not revolve around Superman. Now, new details have emerged about two other Superman games that were in development since 2013 but were canceled by WB.
James Sigfield, a journalist from Geeks Worldwide said that WB has been actively trying to develop an open-world Superman game since 2013.
One of the games was “to be an open-world game in the vein of Spider-Man PS4. It would feature a massive Metropolis and feature various villains from the DC pantheon.”
The other game was pitched a year later in 2014 and was going to be called Superman: Unbound. The story of the game was “set to follow the path of the comic series/animated movie.” Instead of Metropolis, the game was set in Kandor, a Metropolis-like city from Krypton that was shrunk and bottled up by Brainiac before the destruction of Krypton.
Unlike the first game pitched in 2013, Superman: Unbound was going to be less open-world to limit Superman’s vast array of abilities. Superman was set to face off against Brainiac, Doomsday and tons of other mind-controlled villains.
The open-world game didn’t get too far into prototyping before it was canceled. Superman: Unbound was canceled because as WB was expanding their DC output at that time, they mandated that every game use the Arkham engine and getting Superman’s flight to work was near impossible at the time.
Another game that Sigfield talked about was WB Montreal’s canceled open-world Suicide Squad game that was also mandated to use the Arkham engine. The game would’ve had the grappling mechanic from the Arkham games as you zipped from gargoyle to gargoyle as various members of the Suicide Squad such as Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, and Katana.
Now, it seems that WB Montreal is working on a new Batman game that will involve the Court of Owls in some capacity after teasing some announcement during Batman day in September.