The anticipation is almost more than you can deal with. We’re almost at the end of August and with less than 2 weeks to go, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a new Batman movie. The next installment in the rebooted Batman film series will be released in theaters on October 25th, and we’re all eagerly anticipating the great return of the Caped Crusader.

The Most Anticipated Batman Movie In Years

Based on the popular Batman TV series from the 1960s, Batman v. Robin (read our review) is widely considered to be one of the best Batman films of all time. It’s always exciting to see which aspects of Batman’s classic rogue’s gallery the new films try to emulate, but perhaps more exciting is the possibility of seeing some of the more famous villains from the comics brought to life on the big screen. While many fans were hoping for an Ant-Man sequel, the focus has shifted to the new Batman film.

The Two-Faced Returns of The Joker and Harley Quinn

Along with the rest of the world, we’re eagerly anticipating the return of the Joker and Harley Quinn. It was only recently that we were reintroduced to these iconic characters following The Joker’s turn at bat in Joker and the subsequent Harley Quinn spinoff. The success of these character-specific films gave birth to the ongoing Joker and Harley Quinn animated series, which continues to air new episodes every week. While the Harley Quinn character’s comic book backstory involves a relationship with the clown prince of crime, it’s actually been the Joker who’s stolen the show. After so long without a new live-action take on the Joker, it would be great to see how the world’s most famous psychopath conducts himself in the upcoming film. We’re also looking forward to seeing how Harley continues to be the dominant force in the relationship, despite her obvious personal ties to the Joker. The same goes for the fans of the Joker and Harley Quinn comics. While they’ve seen the characters bounce back and forth between video games, cartoons, and graphic novels, it’ll be great to finally see them on the big screen together.

A Darker, Gory, And Grittier Batman Than Ever Before

It’s always exciting when a new Batman movie is released, both because we’re eager to see how the filmmakers progress after so long without an installment and because we’ve grown accustomed to seeing the dark and gritty style of the newer films. With an R-rating, Batman v. Robin is not your usual PG-13 family film. It’s practically a full-blown horror movie in many ways, which is fitting since it was written by none other than William Gibson, the author of Neuromancer and the Sprawl trilogy of cyberpunk novels. While it wouldn’t be surprising if Hollywood continues on its current path of emphasizing blood and guts in its superhero movies, it would be great to see how the Caped Crusader handles himself in a world that doesn’t necessarily require him to keep his eyes open 24/7, particularly since it’s been established that he’s not really a man of pure morals.

A Game That’s As Wicked As You Want It To Be

One of the things that makes Batman such a compelling character is the way that he approaches life. Even the most serious and pragmatic of the Dark Knight’s adversaries are often unable to take him seriously, which makes for some great comic book moments. With a wink and a nod to fans of the 1966 TV series, the video game adaptation of Batman v. Robin will be a battle of wits between the Dark Knight and his infamous rogues gallery. Developed by High Voltage Software and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Batman v. Robin is an action-adventure game set in the world of Batman. The player takes on the role of Batman as they explore Gotham City, stopping at various points along the way to battle one of the game’s many fictional characters. As Batman, the player will have access to a variety of gadgets and weapons to fight their way through the game. While it does share many of the same DNA as other beat-em-up games, like Marvel’s X-Men and Sega’s own Power Rangers, it also incorporates elements from a wide variety of other games, such as Castlevania and Metroid.

The Return Of The Caped Crusader

In a way, it’s fitting that the world’s greatest detective would spend his retirement doing what he does best: fighting crime and protecting the innocent. If you were a fan of the TV series from the ’60s, you might remember that Batman spent the last several decades living in luxury thanks to the generosity of his fans. It was only after his retirement that he took up the cause of fighting crime again as a way of giving back to the city that’s been so good to him.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this kind of storytelling behind a Batman film. With the right amount of funding, this year’s upcoming Batman film could be the greatest of all time. As long as the movie doesn’t suck, that is.