New board game expansion based upon Batman: The Animated Series will be backed by crowdfunding

Beloved Batman Characters and Storylines Debut as Part of IDW Games’ Miniatures-Driven Adventures Universal Game System Tabletop Brand

IDW Games, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC, announced that Batman: The Animated Series Adventures – Shadow of the Bat will launch on Kickstarter on February 18, 2020. A miniatures-driven board game, Shadow of the Bat is part of the Adventures Universal Game System (AUGS), and is compatible with all other AUGS products. Arkham Asylum, a full-sized expansion, will also launch on Kickstarter alongside Shadow of the Bat. Both Shadow of the Bat and Arkham Asylum are expected to arrive to backers and in stores in Fall 2020.

Running off the AUGS engine, Shadow of the Bat offers unrivaled flexibility and player choice. Players can take the role of any hero in their roster in the game’s 24 unique missions, all inspired by fan-favorite episodes. Likewise, even villains can be swapped out in every mission to change up the threats that players will face. In Shadow of the Bat, 1-4 players will take to the streets as Batman, Batgirl, Robin, Commissioner Gordon, and Catwoman, each with their own unique character abilities, skills, and custom dice. And they’ll have to work together in order to take down the likes of Two-Face, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Man-Bat, The Joker, and Harley Quinn. As with other AUGS games, villains can be controlled by the game itself for full co-op play, or by a 5th player. AUGS’ modularity means that players can even create their own dream scenarios and teams, including bringing in elements from other AUGS products.

Launching alongside Shadow of the Bat is the Arkham Asylum expansion, which will add 13 more missions to play through, and an all-new game mode: Clayface mode. In Arkham Asylum players will explore the halls of the infamous psychiatric hospital as they tangle with Clayface, Poison Ivy, Jervis Tetch, The Ventriloquist, Killer Croc, Maxie Zeus, Lock-Up, Clock King, Baby Doll, and Hugo Strange. In Clayface mode, each hero will be given a card that will indicate if they are who they appear to be, or if they’re actually Clayface in hiding. At any time, the Clayface player can reveal their true identity, transforming into the massive Clayface, and turn on their former friends!

Players will also have the option to expand their roster of heroes and villains with The New Batman Adventures character pack, containing Nightwing, Tim Drake as Robin, Calendar Girl, and Firefly. Story Packs for Mask of the Phantasm and Mystery of the Batwoman will also be available, adding new missions and characters–The Phantasm and Bruce Wayne in plain clothes, and Batwoman and Bane, respectively–that follow the films’ stories.

Anyone looking to try before they buy will be able to play a digital demo of Batman: The Animated Series Adventures – Shadow of the Bat through either Tabletopia or Tabletop Simulator. This demo contains 3 missions that follow The Joker-centric episode Joker’s Favor. For more information on the digital demos, please go to IDWGames.com/BTASDemo

IDW Games is a leading publisher of licensed tabletop games. Publishing games such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures – City Fall, Metal Gear Solid The Board Game, Ghostbusters x MIB: Ecto-terrestrial Invasion, and numerous Dragon Ball Z titles, IDW Games aims to bring the highest quality production and gameplay to fans of beloved licenses.

The Adventures Universal Game System (AUGS) is IDW Games’ flagship tabletop brand. An engine for multiple tabletop games, AUGS products are universally compatible with one another, and allow players the freedom to mix and match their games’ heroes, villains, and missions as they choose.

James Gunn and Matt Reeves signed by Warner Bros. for new DCEU movies; Ben Affleck is no longer Batman

James Gunn is now back to work again, but under the umbrella of the Warner Bros. owned DC Entertainment division. He will be working as the writer and director on the company’s new installment of the Suicide Squad movie franchise, which may contain a different ensemble cast of characters not seen in the first movie. In the middle of last summer the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 writer and director was fired by the Disney owned Marvel Entertainment for controversial statements that were posted on his Twitter account nearly ten years prior, but brought back to the forefront of attention by a reporter from One American News Network. Gunn later issued an apology, of sorts, on his social media account in order to address the issue as direct as he thought necessary.

There is no precise word yet on the possibility if any of the actors who appeared in the first movie will be making a return appearance as their respective character in the next installment of the series.

Margot Robbie has already scheduled to return as Harley Quinn, but in the new Birds of Prey movie scheduled for a release in 2020. A promotional trailer for it has just dropped online this week, which prominently features her in full regalia alongside quick shots of her co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, among others.

Ben Affleck is also out of the mix for all future movie appearances as Batman. The rumors were circulating for a several months now, but now officially confirmed by Variety (source) when Warner Bros. announced Matt Reeves will direct The Batman with a 2021 scheduled release date. Reeves previously directed several hit movies, including Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes.

Source: Variety, Hollywood Reporter (1/30/19), Hollywood Reporter (7/20/18)


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