The path of a major video game tie-in to a Hollywood blockbuster is a rough and rocky road at best, as evidenced by this exhaustive video essay by Unseen64, telling the tragic tale of the never-released PS3 title for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. The project was a co-production of Pandemic Studios and Electronic Arts, and was to feature an ambitious open-world design and vocal work by the cast of Batman Begins, including Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and others.
Originally expected to debut in late 2008 for the PlayStation 3 to coincide with the film's worldwide release, the stealth action game suffered an avalanche of setbacks, coding bugs, bad creative decisions and over-reliance on an ill-fated new graphics engine called Odin, all during the first shaky months of the global financial crisis. The costly project was finally abandoned and Pandemic, acclaimed developers of Star Wars: Battlefront and Destroy All Humans, was eventually shut down.
Have a look into the depressing demise of EA's never-seen The Dark Knight video game and be glad RockSteady's Arkham series came along to pick up the pieces and carry the Batman gaming torch triumphantly.