Batman’s Truly Dead In Gotham Knights, and Joker’s Absent Too

Batman’s Truly Dead In Gotham Knights, and Joker’s Absent Too

Batgirl poses in front of a gold illuminated bat symbol.

Picture: Warner Bros. games

Bruce Wayne really and truly bites it at the start Gotham Knightsconfirmed creative director Patrick Redding at San Diego Comic Con panel Thursday. WB Montreal’s upcoming loot-focused beat ’em up won’t feature the Joker either, though Redding left the door open for Harley Quinn to show up and smash a few things.

Batman is actually “really dead,” Redding told a fan at a Q&A, IGN reports (via Eurogamer). This may seem obvious to some, since Gotham KnightsThe reveal trailer shows the caped crusader being blown up starting minutes of the match. but WB’s Arkham games have been known for their sneaky third-act twists and revelations, leaving many fans to speculate whether the gruesome detective would reappear before the end of the game. However, it turns out not to be the hunt.

The Joker was another apparent mystery. While Gotham Knights revolves around a terrorist plot at the Court of Owls, the clown has a way of showing up uninvited even when he is dead. Once again, Redding put all lingering speculation to rest. Harley Quinn, meanwhile, is still on the table. “I won’t confirm or deny if Harley is [in the game]”, the director told fans. The Arkham Asylum psychiatrist-turned-supervillain-turned-frenemy is also one of the main characters in Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, coming out next year.

WB Montreal

With Gotham Knights just a couple of months away from its October 25th release date, WB Montreal has also released plenty of new details and trailers, and the latest release, compliments of SDCC, offers a brief look at Batgirl’s character. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Gotham City, it’s that people need symbols,” Barbara Gordon says before heading out into the night to whack some heads (the studio recently overhauled her story after some controversy).

The trailer shows Batgirl wielding a nightstick that transforms into nunchucks, as well as the standard staple of batarangs and grapple hook attacks. It also hangs momentarily on some metal fins on her gloves, ending with a massive ground attack. In the game itself, she will team up with Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood to take back control of the city, improve skill trees and compare thief data. I’m not sold on the last partbut I’m eager to get back to one Batman game, especially one where Batgirl is playable again (she previously debuted in Arkham Knightits DLC).

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