Why won't Paul Dini be writing a third Batman game for Rocksteady Games? Dini speaks!
Paul Dini, the beloved creator who wrote for Batman: The Animated Series, considered by many who haven't matured emotionally since 1995 to be the greatest achievement in the history of television, has had a big hand in the production of Rocksteady Games' last two video game hits - Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. However, Dini will not be returning for a third edition, for reasons that he recently revealed on his blog, reported via CBR.
"I've lost interest," said Dini, except that's not really what he said. We're making all these quotes up, just for future reference. "Remember Gotham City Sirens? Yeah, neither did I after about 4 issues."
It is true that Dini has had trouble in recent years staying with a single project for a long time, but, short attention span notwithstanding, Warner Bros. Interactive and Rocksteady played a role in souring the deal as well. When Dini inquired about returning for the sequel, the companies were elusive and noncomittal. "Maybe you would like to book something else. Just in case, you know?" they said. "Let's just keep our options open, okay? It's not you. It's us."
It turns out that Rocksteady was already seeing someone behind Dini's back, as the expansion pack for the game, Harley Quinn's Revenge, was released without Dini's help, though Dini isn't angry. "What's that?" asked Dini. "A Batman game? That's a fantastic idea. I would work on that!"
As to why Rocksteady would look for a new writer when Dini produced two games that were huge hits with both consumers and critics, well that's anyone's guess. When approached for comment, a representive from Rocksteady told us, "Well, you know how that old saying goes. 'If something ain't broke, fix it anyway...' Wait, we fucked that up, didn't we? Shit."
As bumbling executives comically attempt to sort this mess out, fans can look forward to the next offering from Warner Bros. Interactive - Injustice: Gods Among Us, due out in 2013.