Rumor: Smash Bros.-like WB fighting game with Batman, Gandalf, Shaggy in development

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Okay, this is the most ridiculous-sounding thing, but there’s a good chance that at least some of it is legitimate. A Reddit user using a throwaway account has posted to r/GamingLeaksAndRumours claiming that Warner Bros. (WB) has a crossover platform fighting game in development using various IP, including characters as extremely bizarre and diverse as Batman, Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, Shaggy from Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry, Fred Flintstone, Mad Max, Johnny Bravo, and maybe possibly Harry Potter and/or Ron Weasley. Also, characters will allegedly fight as un-clarified tag teams of some sort. So in other words, there is allegedly a WB platformer fighting game like Super Smash Bros. in development.

Why should we believe any of this is legitimate? Firstly, Warner Bros. Entertainment filed a trademark for “Multiversus” for video games. But more importantly, industry insider and GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grubb vouches for its general legitimacy, except for one crucial detail. The leaker believed this WB Smash Bros. game is being developed by NetherRealm Studios, the developer of Mortal Kombat, but Jeff Grubb says that is not the case. Rather, it is generally believed (but not confirmed) that NetherRealm is currently developing Mortal Kombat 12.

The Reddit leaker claims that “Ultra Instinct Shaggy” memes (which WB has since openly embraced) and silly fan demand for his inclusion in Mortal Kombat got Warner Bros. talking about how to do a game that combines various IP, like in the movie / two-hour commercial Space Jam: A New Legacy. If that’s actually true, then that’s bonkers, but I would understand it. If you have the ability to throw Batman, Gandalf, and Shaggy into a crossover platform fighting game together, you might as well do it — and maybe WB feels the same way (especially after seeing how immensely successful Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been).

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!