App Giveaway: Batman: Arkham City Lockdown for iPhone, iPad

App Giveaway: Batman: Arkham City Lockdown for iPhone, iPad

Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, a spin off of the hugely popular Batman: Arkham City console franchise optimized for iPhone and iPad, has begun hitting the iTunes App Store.

It's live in Australia/New Zealand already and should become available in the US later today.

The inmates have escaped and Batman has his hands full defeating an army of henchmen and some of his most iconic villains. Scour the rooftops and the seedy underbelly of Gotham City through a series of one-on-one battles with the Joker, Two-Face and more, as well as the Batman: Arkham City Lockdown exclusive – Deathstroke. Choose from several Batman skins and power-ups as you punch, kick and combo your way to cleaning up Gotham City.


As you can see from the picture up top, we're huge Batman fans here so, while we're all waiting for Batman: Arkham City Lockdown to hit the U.S. App Store, we figured... why not gift it away to the TiPb Nation? We’ll gift Batman: Arkham City Lockdown to 5 lucky readers, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us which was your favorite Batman story ever. One of the recent Christopher Nolan movies? The older Tim Burton franchise? One of the Batman: The Animated series? A Frank Miller, Alan Moore, or Grant Morrison comic perhaps? One of the Adam West camp shows? Which one?

Must have a U.S. iTunes account to win. Apple’s rule, not ours!

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App Giveaway: Batman: Arkham City Lockdown for iPhone, iPad


You have to love Jim Gordon. He is a shining light in the Batman universe... Mostly incorruptible... a hero... without superpowers

It may sound cliche, but it's Batman himself. Only super hero who relies totally on his mind rather than his ability to fly or shoot heat vision.

Knight Fall (I think...) - the comic series where Bane is first introduced, he wears down Batman, and finally breaks his back.

Heath ledgers joker wa by far the best acting but mark hamills voice just rocks my favorite would be under the red hood

I really enjoyed the Nolan movies. Batman Begins had a dark quality that unparalleled. And Heath Ledger's Joker was something else entirely. Jack Nicholson was a friendly grandpa compared to that...

Huge fan of Batman with Michael Keaton and Nicholson. Combines the perfect amount of darkness with the perfect amount of the campiness that ruined Batman Forever and beyond...

I would love to win Batman Arkham City Lockdown because my uncle was the stunt double for Robin when Adam West was Batman! Yes, its true.... Look up Victor Paul. He is my uncle.

My Favorite comic for Batman would be Night Send because It shows how Batman must win back Gotham and his struggles he must face to get there.My favorite Batman movie is the first Batman Movie with Micheal Keaton just because I like Tim Burton's take on Batman and he is the first director who presented Batman In all black.

My favorite Batman, since I was a kid, is Batman (the movie - 1966). OMG, that movie is so funny. I now have an 11-year-old son and he can just about recite the entire movie, line for line. If I had to pick a contemporary (serious) Batman, it would have to be 'Batman Begins'. Thanks for the thread.. from dvd to Wii, we love everything Batman in our house!

Well I have two favourites actually, both from Batman: The Animated Series.
My first favourite has to be the episode "Almost Got 'Im", where Batman's most formidable foes talk about how each of them, well, almost got him! Haha but it was the ending that was spectacular where it turns out that Batman was actually disguised as Killer Croc the whole time, I mean, what a twist!
The second has to be "Trial", where all the villains trap Batman in Arkham and basically hold a trial against him, where he still beats them. I think I really enjoyed episodes with lots of villains at a time ;).
I think it was the fantastic writers that made each episode as exciting, if not more, as the preceeding.
Well I hope I win!

Batman Beyond is probably my favorite, or at least, it was at the time I last watched it. The Chris Nolan moves are the best films though.

My favorite Batman (and I'm kind of afraid to admit it) is the TV series from the 60's. Yes, I'm an old dude. Holy free app from TiPb Batman!

Favorite batman story?
Batman - The Brave and the Bold
Season 1
The Music Meister.
Why? First, Black Canary is awesome. Second, goofy show tunes make me laugh. That is all.

I love everything Batman, but my most favorite stories come from the comic-based animated films and series. Some of the most notable for me are "Batman: Mast of the Phantasm", "Batman: Under the Red Hood", and "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker."
Batman the Animated Series is still the best animated adaption of Batman to date.

I liked the batman beyond animation because it had some of the old nemesis but also some cool new ones. Plus is showed Bruce Wayne mentoring a new batman.

i Think Batman:The Animated series did a heck of a job in potraying bruce wayne and my favourite story is christmas with joker !

Christopher Nolan's reboot of the movie series is definitely my favorite. I always thought the Dark Knight take on Batman is much more realistic and gripping from a story perspective.

My favorite is the 1966 made for TV Movie with Adam West. Catwoman, the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin team up against Batman and Robin. An exploding Shark, what more do you want.

My favorite has to be the old Adam West/Burt Ward Batman. Cheesy, loved seeing them climb "up" the walls,NAND who didn't love the Batcave?

Without a doubt, Batman Beyond, the Return of the Joker. Amazing story, and really shed some light on the last battle between the Joker and the original Dark Knight. Kevin Conroy does the best Batman, hands down.

My favorite was the dark knight story it put more back story on the joker than any of the others. Also, is this a slightly free roam or more like infinity blade either way I'm excited and hope I might be lucky enough to win this or infinity blade II. When are the winners chosen and how are you notified, by email?

Still to this day, I think that the "Batman: A Death in the Family" comic book series was the best written and most impactful storylines I've ever read in any comic. You get to watch as the Joker actually tortures and kills Robin while Batman is unable to stop everything. Very dark but great literature!

I have to say that it may be the first Burton "Batman" movie. That sparked life into the superhero movie franchise, and was a cracking good time! I remember seeing it in the theater, had all the cards, and soundtracks, and who can forget "Batdance?" Perfect late 80's cheese with some bat angst!

The Batman with Michael Keaton was the best one. Classic because it had Jack Nicholson as the Joker. First Batman movie I ever saw.

Christopher Nolan's interpretation of Gotham really appeals to me, and when you add in Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker... The Dark Knight for me.
I still really enjoy the 1966 Batman movie - Shark Repellent Bat Spray and all of the villains working together!

My favorite story is from Christopher Nolan's movies. I love Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
But story from Arkham Asylum and Arkham City is great too.
Both aforementioned movies are on my top movies list and that's exactly the same with Arkham games and my top games list.
So the decision is difficult for me. :)
But Nolan's Batman is so realistic and dark,
I am really looking forward to Dark Knight Rises movie.

I love a good number of Batman stories, but my current favorite is Morrison's huge Batman epic, starting with Batman and Son, and ending just as Batman Inc. begins. It didn't read so well issue-to-issue, but when taken all together, it's this HUGE, sprawling epic about who Batman is, what he means to the world (and to the very idea of heroism), and who he CAN be. It has everything you need as a Batman fan: street-level crime, crazy alien invasions, multiple cases of mind-screwing, and Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne stepping up to the plate.

I say the "Almost Got 'Em" episode from Batmas: TAS. See first comment for for descirption. I also REALLY enjoy the Batman Beyond movie Return of the Joker. It is dark, action packed, and exciting. As usual Mark Hamil knocks it out of the park as Joker and the flashback stuff of Robin's (Tim Drake) last mission is some great stuff.
NOTE: Also a fan of the Trial episode referred to in the first comment.

For me the favorite one is the graphic novel "Batman: The Killing Joke" by Alan Moore since it mostly created Barbara Gordon's alter-ego Oracle. It influenced not only two major cinematic breakthroughs by Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan, but also various spin-offs like the Animated Series and Arkham City, the game itself.

Personally? I love A Killing Joke the most out of any Batman story (A Death in The Family is a close second). It shows a lot about the Joker's supposed past (for its time at least--it had the first origin story ever published for the Joker) and the crippling of Barbara Gordon which almost brought Commissioner Gordon to his knees. It was epic.

My favorite Batman story is the graphic novel series Knightfall. It's an awesome story of Batman actually loosing to the best villain ever--Bane--training a replacement, Jean-Paul Valley, who goes crazy, and has to beat both of them to take the mantel of the bat back.
The image of Bane breaking Batman's spine over his knee is still burned into my brain...

Big fan of the first Batman movie with Michael Keaton but favorite story has to be Arkham Asylum the video game

If it had to be any batman movie I will go with the first one. it was hands down the best of them all. And for cartoon it would have to be the red hood. Cause when robin came back to kill the joker it was priceless

My all time favorite Batman story has to be Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
Great contest! Hope I win!

I believe the Dark Knight series is the better portray of what Batman is about! Would so love to get my hands on this!

I love ALL batman stories! If I had to pick, the recent movies are up top because of realism and style.

Batman Begins was my favorite. Being a fan of the comics it was amazing to finally see batman being SERIOUS on the screen.

Batman knight fall is the best storyline in my opinion.. With Bruce Wayne being taken out of commission by bane and having to let someone else wear the cape is awesome!! The knight fall batman costume is awesome and doesn't get enough attention

While I enjoyed the original Tim Burton, Batman Begins became my new favorite, topped only by The Dark Knight. This game looks really cool.

It's got to be a toss up between the Killing Joke by Alan Moore and the Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller.

Mine was Batman: Knightfall. Just read it again last week! It was cool seeing Bane pick his time to take out Wayne and then come back to avenge...

The Batman Begins movie reinvigorated the franchise of one of the most popular and beloved superheroes. Although I enjoyed the Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as well as Batman (1989) starring Michael Keaton, Batman Begins surpassed my expectations.
From the (almost) believable storyline to the realistic character development to the practical use of advanced technology Batman Begins brings an uncharacteristic approach to superhero movies.

The Killing Joke (and the Death in the Family storyline) was great... and I still re-read Frank Miller's The Dark Knight every once in a while...

Batman is the best super hero and my fav!! Loved the michael keaton batman, was not the same with clooney. bale is doing a great job at playing the role too

Batman: Year One I think is my favorite. That raw, starting-out Batman storytelling is what I dig.
Thanks for the game!

Without a doubt, Adam West is the one and only Batman. With the vast array of super villians ( who can forget Roddy Mcdowell as the bookwarm), as well as all in ingenius traps made to kill the caped Crusader. It made batman fun, and you always tried to figure out how he and Robin would escape. Not to mention "Same bat time, same bat chanel" is still in the lexicon of the english language.

Aside from The Dark Knight I have been always partial to the Marvel/DC cross over Dark Claw. Interesting blend and some great visuals with the the Joker/Sabertooth villain.

The Dark Knight was by far the best Batman big screen movie thanks to the late Heath Ledger. Rest in peace Heath.

The Dark Knight was by far the best Batman big screen movie thanks to the late Heath Ledger. Rest in peace Heath.

I think my favorite is the year long HUSH storyline by Geoff Loeb with the art of Jim Lee. Totally redefined Batman for the new century. I mean, until they relaunched him in New 52 that is.

i loved the batman animated series, but thought that justice league was the absolute best, balls-out version of him. plus, whenever i read a batman comic, i picture kevin conroy's voice.

Dark knight was definitely the best Batman story for me.
I've seen all movies but dark knight is by far the best!

The Dark Knight Returns, for the win. Really hoping Dark Knight Rises draws from it. Wanna see a Cynical veteran of a batman building an army before the credits roll.

I'd say the Arkham Asylum graphic novel (Morrison/McKean). It certainly was a different view of Batman. McKean painted some memorable imagery of a tortured protagonist. Crazy book!
Thanks, TiPb, for the giveaway! :)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Discovered it with my son and it was a great bonding experience and intro into comics geekdom.

Favorite animated version is Batman:TAS which basically leads into Justice League. Actually the Batman Beyond "Return of the Joker" (uncensored version) was pretty good too.
Favorite film would be Dark Knight.

My favorite Batman story came from the animated series. Bruce gets controlled by Braniac and Robin asks for Superman's help. Supes ends up donning the cape and cowl. Awesome ensues. Best episode. :)

Batman (1966 TV Series with Adam West)
Season II Episode 13: An Egg Grows in Gotham
Robin: "Where'd you get a live fish, Batman?"
Batman: "The true crimefighter always carries everything he needs in his utility belt, Robin."
Robin: "Ghoti" is "fish"?
Batman: See here. English phonetics. GH becomes F, as in "tough" or "laugh". O becomes I as in "women". TI becomes SH as in "ration" or the word "nation".
Robin: Holy semantics, Batman. You never cease to amaze me!
Batman: No time for compliments, Robin. We must thwart some criminals. To the Batmobile!

I loved the first few Tim Burton movies and love the Chris Nolan installments showing that Batman could be a flesh and blood person.

I loved the animated series as a kid but I love where the Batman franchise has gone these days! So much darker and epic!

For me the best batman story was made by Christopher Nolan he did an amazing job directing it and I'm really looking forward to the dark night rises its going to be amazing

As much of a fan as I am of the recent movie series, the Arkham video games and some of the animated series, I always go back to the Frank Miller "Dark Knight Returns" (with the old Batman). Simply awesome.
Ok, now pick me!!!

Frank Miller's Batman: Year 1 is my fave! The best spin on Batman's origin and Gordon before he became the commish. The Nolan movies have borrowed many aspects from Miller's series & look how well that's turned out!

The best batman story is the Christopher Nolan trilogy. Hope I win I really want the batman arkham city lockdown game it looks way better than half of the games on the AppStore. Really love the website and all of the contests. Please let me win.

The best batman story is the Christopher Nolan trilogy. I hop is win the batman arkham city lockdown app as it looks like is is way better than all the games in the AppStore. I really love the website and the contests keep it up.please let me win.

The Batman "DARK KNIGHT" graphic Novel by Frank Miller, is the Batman story that Sticks in my mind because that is the story that brought us the real Batman. A dark, haunted, conflicted hero who does not use Superman's "boyscout approach". And this batman wasn't a young Batman. He's an older, grittier much more serious warrior than that was displayed in the campy TV series and the last two Batman movies from the late 80's and 90's. In fact, we can thank Frank Miller's "Dark Knight" for the Batman reboot that we got with Christian Bale. Next summer, The Dark Knight Rises.

As a Batman fanatic and a comic book company employee, I would have to say my favorite Batman story as of now is Batman RIP....Hear me out....I know a lot of folks weren't too keen on the story, but that's usually because they didn't get it. I loved how the story was a war in his head. It actually got into Batman of Zur-en-arrh mode. Bruce stood no chance yet still prevailed.
In second place, is Battle for the Cowl. A Gotham with no Batman. Dick Grayson steps to the plate. But not before Jason Todd. Epic story.
And finally when it comes to the films. Live action: Goes to Michael Keaton in the first Batman film by Tim Burton.

I like the Christopher Nolan movies of bat man , they are so cool and modern , and it shows how bat man keeps getting better and better!

Traditional print would have to be the Killing Joke, but I'm mostly partial to TAS. Mask of the Phantasm was THE Batman the definitive Batman film before the Nolan films came along.

I loved the Batman series from Fox Kids network in the 90s, those had the best Animations and story, and wayyy better than the early 90s batman stuff

For me the fav is dark knight, and i also like batman role in justice league series, where being a human alone among other super power hero, still he manages to shine more than others :D

While I not the greatest story line arkham asylum give me the batman experience I had been waiting for. Due to this I have to say it's my favorite.

Favorite Batman story (that's not really considered canon): The Dark Knight Returns. I enjoyed the older, more vicious (and slightly crazy) take on The Dark Knight.

I really like batman begins and all the elements it borrowed. That being said, I also love all the elements the Arkham games have borrowed to make a unique story of its own

I'll go with The Dark Knight Strikes Again. By Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, who also did 300. Dark and warped and beautiful and interesting.

Although it's not a Batman-centric storyline, I really enjoyed Batman in Kingdom Come. Such an interesting spin on who Bruce Wayne could be.

Knightfall.............Batman being human, overcome with adversity and then proven to be a human being afterall is one of the most powerful and emotional stories of all time. No alien saved him with their magical elf powers or anything! He lost! Then, like the rest of us, he picked himself up with help from his friends and made himself whole again when the story arc concluded. And he did that as BRUCE WAYNE, not Batman. Powerful stuff............

I'm commenting just in case you guys decide to give away to Canadians too :) Anyways, I really love the Joker, and Heath Ledger definitely did an AMAZING job at acting there's no doubt that I love The Dark Knight film the most.

I know everyone's gonna say Dark Knight ftw, duh, and while it was a fantastic film, I think I'd have to go with Batman: The Animated Series. It's what I grew up with and connect with most when I think about it. I came home every day from school to watch it, and it was amazing. I have Arkham City for my 360, and this would make a great addition to my collection! :)

WITHOUT A DOUBT Batman: The Dark Knight by Christopher Nolan. This movie, IMHO, is absolutely phenomenal. I LOVED Heath Ledger and he did an amazing job as the Joker. The Joker felt so real and it was just amazing acting I watch again and again.