Well, the trailer for the fourth--and according to reports, last--Batman: Arkham game is out.
Where to start? Well, if this is indeed the end of the series, I'll be sad to see it go. I'm getting a The Dark Knight Rises
vibe from the trailer, which was also the finale to its film series. Well, it seems that the Scarecrow will be the main villain. Well, we haven't seen him since Asylum
and he was teased throughout City
, so it'll be good to see him again. They also teased Hush, so we'll probably see him, too, especially considering Scarecrow was involved in Hush's debut. Azrael will probably also appear, given it seems the prophecy he talked about is coming to pass.
Regarding costumes, I was kinda hoping for a return to the look Batman sported in Asylum and City
, but the armor looks cool here and after Arkham City: Armored Edition, I had a feeling that Batman's costume was going to move towards a more armored look. Also, not fond of the return to a version of the nurse look for Harley as I wasn't a fan of it in Asylum
. That said, I can't wait to see the Scarecrow's outfit. It'll probably not be the look he sported in Asylum, which is fine with me. Don't get me wrong--it's an okay look--but seeing as it seems the supervillains were allowed to dress themselves in Arkham City, it bugged me there that Poison Ivy and Bane retained their looks from Asylum
when Harley hadn't.
On the subject of voice casting, we know through Kevin Conroy slipping up last year when Arkham Origins
was first announced
that he's back as Batman, but otherwise, he don't know who else is in the game. We'll probably see other Arkham veterans return, though.
Lastly... well, something's been nagging at me for a while now regarding this installation. Maybe it's wishful thinking or denial, maybe it's because of a pattern we've seen in the series thus far, but I've had this feeling that... maybe despite everything in Arkham City, we hadn't seen the last of the Joker. I know Mark Hamill said he retired from the role unless an animated version of The Killing Joke
gets made, spectulation is that Batman might see the Joker in a fear toxin-induced hallucination or dream, and that the comic Endgame stated that the Joker was cremated.
I also know that according to the Arkham Unhinged
comic, Black Mask's mask was burned onto the his face during his first encounter with Batman and despite all the crap he goes through in Arkham Origins, no such incident
happened, so clearly Expanded Universe materials aren't necessarily canon.
I also know that Mark Hamill has flip-flopped before on the issue, stating during Arkham Asylum
that that would be his last time as the Joker and even then, there's the "Last Laugh" DLC for DC Universe Online
released after Arkham City
(though, to be fair, that probably was recorded before Arkham City
's release). Hell, last year, he said on Twitter that he wouldn't rule out appearing in a proper Arkham 3!
I'll gladly eat crow if I'm wrong, but am I crazy for thinking this?UPDATE: Well, some more details are out.
If true, no surprise about Kevin Conroy being back as Batman. According to the report, the main villain is a new one and the Joker is dead. Maybe it's true, but again, I can't escape this feeling of deja vu from Arkham Origins
Decided to add this since I just thought of it, but I hope Jim Gordon is voiced by a returning voice actor instead of getting recast yet again. I don't care if it's Tom Kane (Asylum
), David Kaye (City
), or Michael Gough (Origins
), I just hope one of them is back as Gordon and that the role hasn't been recast yet again.