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Celebrate Halloween with the Dark Knight

By Nick Tankersley Published: October 30, 2009

221; This mini-epic features Batman battling an unknown killer with the help of the yet-to-be Two-Face, Harvey Dent. "The Long Halloween” is a beautifully drawn and wonderfully scripted look at the Two-Face origin and the eerie world of Gotham during the haunted month of October.

→"Batman: Arkham Asylum” (video game, 2009). Released this year for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, "Batman: Arkham Asylum” may be the greatest superhero video game ever. It is a truthful addition to the Batman canon and an immersive dive into one of Gotham’s most notorious locales, Arkham Asylum. Promising at least a dozen hours of entertainment, Arkham Asylum is full of enough scares and absolutely terrifying moments to make this a midnight game player’s dream.

→"Batman: The Animated Series” (TV/DVD, 1992-97). If there is one perfect piece of Dark Knight culture that has been created in the past 20 years, it’s the phenomenal "Batman: The Animated Series.” This award-winning animated series is a richly rewarding watch, featuring all Batman bad guys both known and relatively unknown, and an intelligent attention to the philosophical depth that is inherent in the Batman story. What else can one say about a series that convincingly crafts an origin for Mr. Freeze, saving him from the campy horror of Joel Schumacher’s atrocious "Batman and Robin”?

Of course, this isn’t all Batman has to offer, but this group provides an atmospheric Halloween sampling.