You may have heard by now that Rocksteady Studios will be releasing the sequel to their blockbuster Batman: Arkham series later this year. Being dubbed as the finale, Batman: Arkham Knight will complete the trilogy that started with Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009. The series has been incredibly successful spawning toys, comics, and a fully animated film titled, Batman: Assault on Arkham scheduled for release in 2014. Let’s take a look at the “Arkhamverse” and the upcoming game, Batman: Arkham Knight.
It goes without saying that this series has produced some great concept art over the years. The artist and creators seem to pull from many different sources for the look of Gotham City. This skyline from Arkham City is very reminiscent of the art from Christopher Nolan’s, Batman Begins.
In respect to Batman: Arkham Knight, the concept art seems to take inspiration from another familiar film, Tim Burton’s, Batman Returns. The large face glancing out from a dark skyscraper is almost identical (here is hoping that Catwoman will return once again to stalk the rooftops of Gotham).
This new addition to the series will split Gotham into three islands, creating a city five times larger than that of its predecessor. These concept images show Gotham slightly more lit up. It appears certain parts of the city will have a more updated modern look while others will maintain the classic hidden-in-the-shadows feel.
The skybridges and bright lights recall the production design of Joel Schumacher from Batman Forever and the fantastic backgrounds from 2008’s, Batman: Gotham Knight.
You cannot have Batman without a cool set of wheels. To get him around this expansive new city, Batman has a new player friendly Batmobile. The look is a mixture of military mastery, Nolan’s Tumbler, and a whole lot of badassery! A key factor and major selling point for the game, Rocksteady did not skimp on what they are calling “the best car in any game ever.” (Game Director, Sefton Hill)
Who is the Arkham Knight?
So it would be remiss of me to conclude this post without mentioning the new villain created by DC writer/god, Geoff Johns exclusively for Batman: Arkham Knight. Along side Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler, and major antagonist Scarecrow, a brand new face will be joining the fight. This unknown character in which the game gets its very name is a bit of a surprise. Considering there are a plethora of brilliant untapped baddies in the Batman/DC rogues gallery, this seems like a risky move. Very little is known about Arkham Knight but one could speculate that the seemingly Bat-inspired getup could be the disguise for another major character, maybe Red Hood, or Hush or maybe the Joker is back from the dead! For now we will just have to wait and find out.