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Batman stands guard

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--About 200 fans of all ages (some in full costume) streamed into the GameStop store on the outskirts of Hollywood late last night to be among the first in L.A. to play and buy the new video game Batman: Arkham City.

One lucky fan got to take home this life-size statue of the Dark Knight to adorn his or her own Bat Cave.

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Batman playing station

GameStop set up multiple playing stations so fans could preview Batman: Arkham City--and more than 100 waited patiently for that opportunity. Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to the successful Batman: Arkham Asylum, a game that saw everyone's favorite haunted hero take on the Joker and other villains inside a gloomy loony bin.
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Eager players dig in

It might have been a school night, but that didn't stop young fans from joining eager adults for a first look at Batman: Arkham City at the West Hollywood GameStop.
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Batman takes on the Joker

A mother watches as her costumed Batman and Joker kids await their chance to play Batman: Arkham City at the West Hollywood GameStop.
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Batman goes aerial

As in its predecessor (Batman: Arkham Asylum), Batman: Arkham City allows free exploration of Gotham as you encounter the Dark Knight's rogues gallery.
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The Penguin makes an appearance

Villains including the Penguin, the Joker, and Dr. Hugo Strange confront the Caped Crusader in Batman: Arkham City. The PS3 and Xbox 360 title includes more realistic, human representations of those characters.
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Gotham TV and Radio

Gotham TV and Radio dominate the skyline at the GameStop in West Hollywood. which was transformed into a small-scale mock-up of Gotham City with props and imagery from Batman: Arkham City.
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Paul Dini signs an autograph

A costumed Catwoman gets the autograph of Emmy-winning writer and Batman: Arkham City scribe Paul Dini during a premiere celebration in West Hollywood.
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