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Batman Begins with New Cross-Console Game

Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., DC Comics and Electronic Arts will join forces to bring BATMAN BEGINS to multiple videogame platforms in 2005. In this exclusive co-publishing agreement, a game based on the upcoming film will be released day and date with the film on the PlayStation 2, the PSP (PlayStation Portable), Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

"The theatrical release of BATMAN BEGINS will be the entertainment event of the summer. Leveraging our extensive experience with blockbuster franchises, we look forward to bringing this game to market," said Greg Richardson, vp/gm, EA Partners. "The BATMAN fiction is rich with style, drama and action -- three elements that define this game and will help plunge players into the heart of the experience."

"BATMAN BEGINS is the darker depiction of Batman that we've all been waiting for, and we are teaming with EA to bring players an edgy, action game that captures this tale," said Jason Hall, svp of Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. "Co-publishing BATMAN BEGINS allows Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. to continue its involvement in the development and marketing of quality games based on Warner Bros. properties."

"We're thrilled to partner with EA and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. to capture the magic of BATMAN BEGINS in a ground-breaking videogame," said Paul Levitz, president/publisher of DC Comics. "This will mark the first time that a BATMAN videogame has been developed to complement a film event, and we look forward to inviting players to step into the movie's reality and make the world of BATMAN their own."

Together, Warner Bros. Interactive and EA are overseeing all development and production aspects of the game, while EA alone will handle distribution. The companies will lead joint marketing campaigns. The game is being developed by UK-based Eurocom for the consoles, and by Vicarious Visions for the handhelds.

The BATMAN BEGINS film explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high-tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $2.96 billion for fiscal 2004. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. More information can be found at info.ea.com.

Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. Inc., a Warner Bros. Ent. company, is a premier licensor and a developer of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including consoles, PC-based gaming and wireless applications.

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Ent. company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. DC Comics' Website is located at www.dccomics.com.

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