PSA to remind everyone that Luna Lovegood is one of the most intelligent characters in the entire Harry Potter franchise. She’s incredibly self-aware showing a deep understanding and knowledge of herself, is the only person at Bill and Fleur’s wedding to recognise Harry in disguise just by reading his expressions and feels that honesty is always the best policy. 

Confirmed majetes: TMNT 2012 will end later this year with season 5

The kid network will be rebooting its current CG “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series as a 2D animated series with the title “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (working title) ,  26 episodes of the 2D reboot to air starting in fall 2018.

“The Turtles is a property that has reinvention in its DNA, which keeps it fresh and relevant to every new generation while satisfying the demand from its adult fans,” said Cyma Zarghami, president, Nickelodeon Group. “’Turtles’ has been an incredibly important franchise for us since we reignited it five years ago, and we’re excited for the new series to take the characters in a different direction with more humor, a younger and lighter feel and all-new dimensions to explore.”

The new 2D series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer for the critically acclaimed Adult Swim series “Samurai Jack”) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, current “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.

Alright, the girl is being delivered to my work tomorrow. I will be able to run home for a lunch and make sure she is okay, luckily my team captain will be there so I will be allowed to leave for an hour. The seller is being very kind about it and is also worried for her safety, which gives me a good feeling that she is packed well as well. I am taking a neuro sleep tonight or else I will be up all night fretting. 
And since y’all were able to guess her morph, I guess you deserve a picture of her that the breeder sent me ;)

Now, can you guess her name? :P
Remember, I do video game based names! To narrow it down, the name is from a game in an incredibly long lived franchise with a TON of games. :P

New TMNT series coming on 2018

I’m just curious what got them to do a reboot. The TMNT 2012 is “perfect” as the way it is, honoring also their predecessors giving bits and pieces of references here and there. Especially when the story continued further, the series grew with their audience and gave enough material for a little older fans to enjoy the show too, which is brilliant in my opinion. 

I fear that this ‘reboot’ is just gonna be a money maker, and for the younger audience only, based on the interview of the President of the Nickelodeon Group. 

“’Turtles’ has been an incredibly important franchise for us since we reignited it five years ago, and we’re excited for the new series to take the characters in a different direction with more humor, a younger and lighter feel and all-new dimensions to explore.” 

Yeah. Feels like it’s gon’ be just that. I’m not gonna expect anything like from its predecessor, but I guess I’ll still end up giving it a few shots.

Star Trek: Discovery storyline revealed

You’ve seen the trailer. You’ve read our teases. But what is Star Trek: Discovery really about? And why are there two starships in this show, the U.S.S. Discovery and the Shenzhou?

Showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg don’t want to give away too much of the plot. The CBS All Access drama is heavily serialized with plenty of twists and turns — particularly in the first few episodes — which makes the storyline difficult to discuss.

But here’s some new intel the duo are ready to reveal about the series, which stars Sonequa Martin-Green as a Starfleet First Officer who was the first human to attend the Vulcan Science Academy.

“Burnham [has] spent a lot of time on Vulcan, but she’s human,” Harberts says. “Sarek [Spock’s father, played by James Frain] plays an important role in her life, which has been completely planned until she makes a very difficult choice that sends her life on a very different path. When we meet her, she’s the First Officer on the Starship Shenzhou [captained by Philippa Georgiou, played by Michelle Yeoh]. And Burnham’s choice that we’re alluding to is most difficult choice you can make — it affects her, affects Starfleet, affects the Federation, it affects the entire universe. That choice leads her to a different ship, the Discovery [helmed by Captain Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs] and there we begin what Gretchen and I call our ‘second pilot.‘”

Burham is, of course, the first Trek lead who is not a captain,* so we asked the showrunners what that choice adds to the drama.

“The joy is in the journey,” Berg replied. “The advantage to her not being in charge of the bridge right now is we get to tell stories from a very different point of view. It’s a fresh feeling because we’re not on the bridge all the time. We get access to more parts of the ship.”

Also, the Klingons are heavily involved in the season … and they’re not very friendly.

In addition, we asked the producers which Trek series or film has the biggest influence on the new series.

“There’s a hint of all of them, but in the writers’ room people are so in love with The Original Series and Next Generation, and they talk about the family aspect of those cast members,” Berg said.

Added Harberts: “I think Nicholas Myers’ film are a touchstone, and not just because he’s been on staff with us. His storytelling is complex and intellectual and yet there’s a lot of room for character voices and character work, he’s done such an incredible job with the franchise. In terms of scope and scale, there’s something about Star Trek: The Motion Picture that really speaks to us as well. CBS has allowed us to find a cinematic language that’s wider in scope — our aspect ratio is 2:1 — and it just lends itself to a very lyrical way of telling the story. And just visually speaking, there’s also a little hint in terms of what J.J. Abrams did, a little bit, in terms of some of the visuals.”

Previous: The frustrating longtime guideline that Discovery will ditch.

Previous: First look at a groovy new transporter room

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Previous: First look at Jason Isaacs as Discovery’s Captain Lorca.

Previous: Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green breaks her silence on her mysterious character.

Previous: Star Trek: Discovery producers explain the show’s delays.

Previous: Star Trek: Discovery trailer and premiere date.

Star Trek: Discovery will debut Sunday, Sept. 24 (first on CBS, then shifting to CBS All Access streaming service; Netflix internationally). EW has more to come, follow @jameshibberd for the latest.

* Yes I know, Sisko in DS9 was also not technically a captain but that was only because the show was set on a space station and not on a ship; he was still the highest ranking officer, which amounted to the same thing.

I’m kinda laughing at all the people complaining about the delayed release of Dream Daddy. Because let’s be honest, those same people would be complaining about the bugs they apparently discovered and are trying to fix.

Take Mass Effect Andromeda as an example of what happens when an un-finished game is released (because it was not finished. Say what you want, those later patches should have been in the original game. Just my personal opinion). The backlash was incredible, the franchise (and bioware) has suffered a massive hit.

And now people are complaining about what most likely is a small delay. Look, they want to make this game as bug-less as possible. Sure, they promised it yesterday. Still, I would rather wait and play it later instead of paying for a buggy game. 

anonymous asked:

Why didn't you like Kingsman? I thought it was a really fun movie that leaned into the expectations for the genre and had some fun with it, but I'd love to hear your critiques!!

before we start let me say, I love Kingsman. I do. I have consistently written fic for it since the first movie came out in 2014. I think the franchise is incredibly fun; I love the characters, I love that they recognize that the spy genre is ridiculous and lean into the ridiculous as much as earthly possible. it’s one of my favorite cheer-up films. but it’s… questionable at best.

here’s a fantastic run down on what’s wrong with the first film. give it a read; it goes through pretty much every place the first movie fucked up. it points out all the hypocrisy and how the movie that claims to be so progressive ends up doing every single thing they swore they wouldn’t.

the second movie follows the first in many ways. I’m uncomfortable with their continuation of the problems of the first: again a poc villain, again Eggsy becoming a better person by becoming posh, again diminishing Roxy’s role, again with the homophobia, again with women being only sex objects, also what the fuck was with Fox News being so prevalent??? like yeah, they painted the conservative president as a horrible person who was willing to kill millions of people in the name of the War on Drugs, but they also presented Fox News as a viable news source. 

I don’t believe in the purity ideology that tumblr sells. no franchise is perfect and no one likes only non-problematic things. I think it’s perfectly fine to love troublesome media as long as you are critical of the places it fucks up. Kingsman is a perfect example of it. absolutely you can continue to love it (I certainly do!) just make sure you remember where it falls flat and be loudly critical of it. and if you do partake in the fandom make sure you don’t fall in the same traps the movie does. 

anonymous asked:

Is the FF7 remake now making the Compilation non-canon?? My friend gave me these news and I don't know if it's genuine information.

(continues:) My friend hates this possibility. She loves Crisis Core, and having that become non-canon brings several concerns.

Thank you for your question! 

A quick google search earned me no confirmation of this statement. But as a writer of FF7 fanfic writer/Sephiroth-roleplayer/Leiden university student of literature, I shall do my best to give you and educated and conclusive answer instead.

TL;DR: It’s unavoidable, and will have far-reaching implications for fandom community, but it will be OK and below’s why.

What is canon?
This definition of canon from here is what I will be using in this post: 

Canon - a term borrowed from the Catholic Church, meaning ‘established truth’.  The definition of ‘canon’ is a bit vague, but is usually understood to mean the body of works upon which a fandom is based, and any information contained therein.  This is sometimes extended to include information in guidebooks, interviews, and other such sources.  Also used to refer to information from different versions of a story: for example, the school uniforms in Harry Potter ‘book-canon’ are different from those in ‘movie-canon’. 

It is a way for the creators to indicate “this is the set of in-game truths and rules we are working with.” It’s a way to keep the rules that govern the world consistent. In Final Fantasy VII, one can either regard just the OG (original game) as canon, or the entire compilation as canon.

What happens if canon is made invalid?
   This happened to the StarWars fandom. Around the first 6 films were novels, lego, books, fanarts, and fanfictions. This franchise is incredibly interesting because it does not make canon top-down (from the creators to the plebs), but also accepts work from fans (bottom-up). 

An example: anyone could write a StarWars book, as long as they stuck so guidelines set by the official creators and had it checked for approval.
Anyone could be a stormtrooper, as long as you used the exact right plastic moulds and sent pictures of the finished product to the official people who approved it. (My first boyfriend did this for his cosplay.)

Anyway, the novels continued the storyline after film six (I believe all the main characters had children). But when LucasFilms and Disney embarked on making the 7th film, they decided to throw all that worldbuilding (universe-building) away. Why did they throw it away? Because for legal reasons authors cannot read fan-fictions and this post explains why (link)
    In short: if the script writers of film 7 were to base film 7 on an any canon work, a fan could claim “I wrote a fanfic about exactly this” and face huge legal charges. Even/Especially a franchise that has a very agreeable bottom-up treatment of canon and fandom culture, has to watch out. Rey from film 7 is a completely new character, with her own timeline.


In the past, how has FF7 fandom dealt with canon vs new canon?
A long time ago, the Original Game (OG) was the ‘mothership’. Sephiroth was portrayed as evil. To give him any sign of niceness in fanfiction was considered out-of-character and greatly discouraged.
Then FFVII Cisis Core came out, and certain fans rioted against the game’s portrayal of a kind, awkward Sephiroth.

For the Final Fantasy VII Remake to be identical to the Original Game with updated graphics would be impossible. Such a game would not sell. There will be changes in the game mechanics, dynamics, aesthetics, and narrative to make the game contemporary. I feel two ways about those changes: frightened and joyous.

How does it relate to online FF7 fandom communities?
Now our 'canon’ 'mothership’ is the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Our current fandom community is built around what we have learnt of the compilation. Because FF7 is so big, it’s impossible to know everything about the story and characters and mechanics. People specialise, and draw on each other’s experience. 

My area of specialisation is Sephiroth, with in-depth knowledge of his scenes in Advent Children Complete, Crisis Core, Before Crisis, Kingdom Hearts, and Original Game. I’m still learning about his Dissidia, Ehrgeitz, and other versions. This knowledge of this character and interpretation of this character gives me social merit in roleplay communities. It’s said if you put 1000 hours of work into learning something, you are an expert. I’ve been writing Sephiroth on and off since I was 14. I’m 26 now. In my niche, I am an expert. Fans ask me questions about Sephiroth because they trust me to provide a plausible answer that conflicts least with canon.

But if/when the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII will be declared invalid, social status based on the no-longer-canon Compilation will be rendered useless. This means that when I make a statement on Remake-Sephiroth, all my arguments based on experience of (years!) of development of my Sephiroth will be useless. Scary.

This will upset the social structures of the communities. Experts are no longer expert. With the release of the first episode/chapter of the Remake, new fans and old fans start learning at the same time about the 'new’ canon. They will have the same chance to become expert. The one fan who will put in enough hours, will get most social status, will be crowned expert. 

Old groups of friends may stick together. New groups will form. New sub-communities rise. Some fans will riot against new information, as they did insisting that Crisis Core Sephiroth couldn’t be kind/awkward/friendly. More about attitudes and a ‘desired attitude’ later.

How can FF7 fans and roleplayers negotiate with old canon and new canon to find a position which they are comfortable with?
The use of the word headcanon will go through a shift. 'Headcanon’ will no longer be a combination of traits/habits one puts on the character like a sticker (my trademark headcanon is that my Sephiroth puts his hair in a braid/my belief that Sephiroth follows the Jenova Omega Theory). Instead, the word 'headcanon’ will return to its old meaning: “In my head, this set of rules is canon.” The word 'headcanon’ will then refer to a set of metaphysical choices on how the FF7 world and characters function as a framework.

My friend @askcrv2 solved this question ingeniously. I’m taking a detour into the Vocaloid fandom: she writes a singing android robot. With robots, there are new versions every few years. The voice bank is updated. New songs. New merchandise… - and thus new canons. Nowadays version 4 is common. She writes version 2. She had her robot hide in a warehouse to avoid the garbage pile. This way, she can both stick to her old canons, but also in the new versions, her old version is still valid. Her robot complements new canon. Compliments to the writer!

The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII is fun, and I love it.It is not perfect. There are glaring inconsistencies. These plot holes could be changed in the Remake. But it’s not wrong to love the Final Fantasy VII from 1997 and style your preferences to that version.

IF/WHEN it’s made invalid… How do we as fans continue?
When the Original Game and/or the Compilation as a whole be declared invalid, it will hurt. I will have to renegotiate my attitude towards Sephiroth as a character, and to the story as a whole, and find back my position in a new community. 

This game has kept me captivated for many years, so I have high hopes for the future product. I expect that the managers/teams/designers of the company have improved with 20 years more of experience. The Remake is being re-made from scratch. I have respect for the game team’s hard work and sacrifices. I imagine that every change in the  ’new canon’ will be a thoroughly-debated decision. The promotional video (link) of the Remake reveals the attitude the game-makers would like to see in the fans:

The reunion at hand may bring joy, it may bring fear, but let us embrace whatever it brings. For they are coming back. 

And that’s best of all. After 20 years, FF7 will be coming back. It’s not the fandom’s job anymore to re-create the world. The original creators will tell our favourite story back to us, and we can sit back… until we start making new fanworks!

Let’s embrace whatever it brings. 

Let’s make fantastic fanworks, and build warm communities.

The canon of the Compilation of Final Fantasy 7 will never be a forgotten memory. The Compilation will live on, inside us. I hope this post sufficiently answers your question. Tell your friend not to worry. <3

– rp-Sephiroth.

Some Food for Thought

You know, with all the general cynicism and pessimism present in the Sonic fanbase as of late, I think we fail to see how lucky we are sometimes. Sonic has been around for 25 years. Just think about that. For a non-Nintendo platforming franchise, that’s incredible. Genuinely, truly, incredible. To put things into perspective, I just watched a retrospective on Spyro, which is a franchise I’m barely familiar with. And I saw how the franchise kind of died after 2008. Or how about Crash, which spiraled out of control in the late 2000s and hasn’t been seen since. How about Banjo Kazooie, or Conker, or Gex, or Jak and Daxter? How about fucking Mega Man?  The only non Nintendo platforming franchises I can think of right now that are relevant outside of Sonic are Sly and Ratchet & Clank.

. We don’t just have games, we also have a comic that’s the single longest running licensed comic EVER, we have more cartoons than even Mario does, with the newest one getting a second season. Sega’s making a big deal out of the anniversary, and despite everything, Sonic’s still going.   The fanbase is still incredibly and just as passionate as it’s ever been. Just really puts things into perspective when you think about it

Lets Talk About Krystal

Krystal: the blue furred foxy lady form StarFox Adventures onwards, the poster child of furry fandom femmes and most recently a staple of the Damsel in Distress trope and sexism in videogames thanks to famous conwomyn Anita Sarkeesian.

I’ve been wanting to write this for a while, since I think many people have overlooked the complexity of her character, dismissing her for an example of a weak female needing saving. This is untrue, very very untrue. I love this character and I feel it’s worth doing her justice for once. Let’s begin.


So let’s get the part we all know over with quickly: Dinosaur Planet was originally a new IP developped by Rare in which you would be able to play two different characters, Krystal being one of them. Nintendo, realizing “OH YEAH WE HAVE A WHOLE FRANCHISE OF ANTHROPOMORPHIC ANIMALS” reworked the game into the StarFox franchise, making Fox the protagonist.

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Krystal spends most of the game trapped inside a crystal (SO FITTING AMIRITE) and barely does anything until Fox bothers saving her, after which they obviously get married and have 5 litters of fox babies right? Wrong. Here’s some stuff people conviniently look over when talking Krystal in this game.

She is the first character you play, she is the tutorial, she begins the plot, she is on a quest. And in the five minutes you begin playing, she faces the boss General Scales, immediately. She sabotages his ship and boards him, no sweat, and after Scales THROWS HER OFF THE FREAKING FLYING GALLEON, she just flies off on her dinosaur, scoffing at him “Better luck next time general” Ok I’m sorry, but if you don’t think that is badass as hell then get out (no please come back I was kidding).

So then she makes it to the Krazoa temple and manages to scurry in. She succeeds in making her way around and is informed that if the spirits aren’t collected the planet is doomed, so she ACTUALLY BEGINS TO SOLVE EVERYTHING before getting captured. Now, it’s not like she gets lassoed or something, she gets pounced by the freaking predator.

Not to mention this force was strong enough to knock out the entire triceratops Earthwalker guard set to protect the Palace, but that makes Krystal still weak and only a damnsel in distress right? Nope again!

During the fight with the Galleon, Krystal loses her staff, which ends up in Fox’s hands. Without this staff Fox is screwed, you need it to open doors, turn switches, fight enemies, etc. Krystal’s staff is VITAL for the game. And her capture is the reason the Krazoa spirits ever contact Fox in the first place, which is ultimately the key to solving Dinosaur Planet’s/Sauria’s crisis.

And finally, after all is said and done, and Krystal is rescued, she not only disregards Fox completely, but she takes her staff back and begins shooting her captor INSTANTLY, she doesn’t stutter, she doesn’t blush, she takes action immediately.

At the end of the game she joins StarFox and becomes a member. Notice I didn’t say girlfriend or wife, she becomes a freaking StarFox Team member. Which brings me to…


I wonder how Krystal is going to get captured this time am I right?

Oh god she can fly a freaking Arwing too. So as of this moment, in this game she flies and she shoots, just like Fox, BUT ALSO has telepathic powers. So she is THE STRONGEST OF THE TEAM. She intercepts distress signals and warns of ambushes, that’s how useful she is. And is her relationship with Fox the central pivot of their conversations? Nope it’s saving the damn galaxy, love is only hinted in a silly (but adorable) little throwback scene.

So as of now we have a powerful telepathic vixen, who can fly a plane and shoot some guns like no one’s business. But she is still Fox’s love interest, so OBVIOUSLY it means happy endings for everyone….unless


I haven’t finished Command, because I don’t really enjoy it too much, however I think what they did to Krystal’s character is very interesting…well except for her silly pink suit (seriously who thought of that).

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Krystal is actually driven away from the team due to Fox’s overprotection. So she leaves out of embarassment. She IS SO MAD that Fox isn’t letting her be a part of the fleet that she just leaves, fed up. Her self love and pride is such that she won’t let that stop her.

Out of the potential endings, one of them involves having a kid with fox, and about 2 of them involve her becoming a bad guy, either on StarWolf’s team or ON HER OWN! So she is incredibly independant and has her life into her own hands. She makes her own decisions, and isn’t just an extension of Fox.

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She is her own character.

Yes her figure is slim, yes she is fitted with often revealing clothing, yes she got captured that one time, yes she has least exposition and backstory. But look at how INTERESTING of a character she is!  An honestly strong, independant female character who also embraces her feelings for Fox and finds a way to fit it all together. She is a very strong, independant, powerful female character, who still has time to embrace love when given the chance. How fantastic is that?

If you still think StarFox is super sexist then I implore you to take a look at other female characters: Kat Monroe (who knows how to manipulate Falco Lombardi, the most badass space pilot) or Lucy Hare (Peppy’s daughter who teaches astrophysics in Corneria).

StarFox is an incredibly egalitarian franchise, don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. If I dodn’t love Krystal as a character I wouldn’t of had painted myself blue and cosplayed her. Yes, she is that awesome.


To Boldly Go Nowhere: a Star Trek Reboot Rant

From the first interracial kiss in TV history to one of the most diverse casts of its time, Star Trek was an incredibly progressive and important franchise in history, and the reboot, to say the least, makes me a little frustrated.

I decided to go back over Chris Schlerf’s contributions to Escalation, and, oh man, the Lydus/Thel/Hood/Lasky/Palmer dynamic is so damn good!

One of my favourite scenes is where they’re all gearing up to fight Vata ‘Gajat’s mercenaries after the peace talks are attacked, with Lydus and Thel also wanting a piece of the action because they are, first and foremost, warriors.

But then Palmer practically orders them to stay out of it.

Lydus: “Wait. If there is honour to be had, it should be shared by all!”

Thel: “I agree. Whatever else we are, Lydus and I are warriors first.”

Palmer: “Not today, you’re not. You are the two individuals on this entire planet who were specifically sent here not to fight.”

Also, this is where we get introduced to the Arabic Spartan goddess that is Naiya Ray. I really wish she’d been made part of Fireteam Osiris (sorry Buck, but I’d happily swap you out for this).

I know you’re doing good work at Bungie now, Chris… but WHY DID YOU HAVE TO LEAVE?

OMG I sent a letter to Camille Hyde who plays the new pink ranger on Power Rangers Dino Charge and she sent me back :D

The Letter says

“Dear Anton!

Thanks for your Letter. I am so happy that you follow the show and recognize the importance of my casting. I honestly am just thrilled to be apart of such an incredible franchise and inspire young people all around the world. Brennan (Red Ranger) ,Yoshi (Blue Ranger) and I are all very proud of this season for allowing so much diversity. We love that we can show that super heros. come in all colors.

My character inspires me to be fearless even when the fate of the world is at jeopardy! She’s a feisty and witty girl with a heart of a lion. I’m so happy to be playing. Thanks again for your letter and Stay tuned!

Camille Hyde.”

Thank you Camille, this made my day :D

Please don't complain about the possibility of [insert franchise] being in Kingdom Hearts.

Please don’t complain about Frozen, Pixar, Star Wars, or Marvel possibly being included in Kingdom Hearts 3. Those are all incredible popular franchises and their inclusion can only help the sales. Let’s be honest: not one damn person on this sub is going to skip KH3 regardless of the world lineup. However, there are tons of Star Wars fans and Pixar fans and Marvel fans and Frozen fans that will be much more inclined to pick it up with the inclusion of those IP. I know this isn’t proof of anything, but a coworker and casual fan of the series went from “eh, I’m probably not going to get it” to “I’m going to get my son to ask for a PS4” based mainly on the fact that Tangled was in the series now. Everything to help grow the IP should be celebrated and honestly? Regardless of what’s in, I’m certain they’ll be able to handle the story just fine.

anonymous asked:

unpopular opinion: I am a little pissed at people complaining that "Rogue One" has a female lead, when said lead is the only female in the main group.

strongly agree | agree | neutral | disagree | strongly disagree

I actually have…..not been paying attention to Rogue One stuff. (Remember how I went into The Force Awakens with “star wars” blacklisted and subsequently had my entire mind blown? That was fun, I’m striving to do that more.) But! I am also disappointed that star wars seems stuck in a holding pattern of one (1) Designated White Brunette Heroine per tent-pole of the franchise. It’s incredibly limiting, narratively, and doesn’t really make any party happy.

And like, I am happy to do the work and flesh out Breha and Korr Sella and Pamich and write Leia interacting with Phasma and exchanging more than one line with Rey, I am here, I can do it—but it will never quite wash the bitterness of having to do so out of my mouth.

First details on the Batgirl DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight

Of all the places, Entertainment Weekly has the first details on what Batgirl will be up to in the first DLC for Arkham Knight. Created by Arkham Origins’ developer WB Games Montreal, the DLC takes place in an entirely new area called the Seagate Amusement Park, a nautical theme park built on top of an oil rig that the Joker has rigged to be a massive death trap. “We wanted to recreate the feeling of being trapped in a bizarre and unique open environment playing a game of cat and mouse with the Joker,” says design producer Justin Vazquez.

The expansion incorporates Arkham Knight’s Dual Play system that allows the player to switch characters at the press of a button, and culminates in an epic tag-team throwdown between Batgirl and Robin and the Joker and Harley Quinn. “Seeing these four iconic characters together at the same time will be a real thrill,” Vazquez says. And for the first time in the Arkham series, Harley will be sporting her trademark black and red ensemble from Batman: The Animated Series.

The DLC features side quests, collectibles left behind by the Joker, and Easter eggs for hardcore DC Comics fans. “[It’s] a love letter to the original game that started this incredible franchise,” Vazquez says. “Batgirl: A Matter of Family” launches July 14 for Arkham Knight DLC ­season-pass holders (PS4 and Xbox One, $40), or it can be purchased separately on July 21 for $6.99. No details on how long this will take you to finish but if it’s anything like the Harley and Red Hood DLC, you can expect 20-30 mins at best.