Batman: Arkham Knight is so close yet so far to its June 2015 release date! And as every second passes the anxious anticipation grows ever larger! One of the biggest things people are anxious to see in Arkham Knight is the true identity of the titular villain himself. "Who is the Arkham Knight?" has been a burning question ever since the character was first revealed. Though Rocksteady has been very tight-lipped about it, that hasn't stopped fans from making some pretty cool theories as to just who the mysterious Arkham Knight is under the hood.
Speaking of hoods, Red Hood was the most popular of choices of who the Arkham Knight could really be. I say was because after Rocksteady announced that those who pre-ordered the game would receive the Red Hood story pack, the possibility of AK and Red Hood being one in the same lessened. It is still possible however, seeing as how Red Hood is a lot like Arkham Knight. But I doubt it, Rocksteady likes to surprise us. And having the kick-ass murderous vigilante as the kick-ass murderous villain wouldn't be surprising in the least.
Another really cool theory is that Deathstroke is the Arkham Knight. He could be back for vengeance after being humiliated by Batman in Arkham Origins and for whatever reason has decided to wear a new suit that looks a lot like the guy who defeated him. Maybe he's wearing it as a reminder of the man who humiliated him, so that it may fuel his anger and lust for revenge!
Or maybe he's wearing it to psyche Bats out, killing him in a suit that looks exactly like him for a mentally brain-shattering effect. I find this theory to be not very plausible however. It just wouldn't make sense for Deathstroke to a) change his costume, it's already awesome enough and a suit change wouldn't really benefit him that much. Or b) Wait so long to get revenge on Batman. Arkham Origins, the game he appeared in, is a prequel taking place before the first installment Arkham Asylum. I just don't think he'd wait that many years to seek his revenge on Batman.
I'd still love to see him appear in Arkham Knight though, I feel that he was very underused and underrated in Arkham Origins. But even if he's not, there always the [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363) game.
The Joker is everyone's favorite Batman villain, so it's no surprise he'd be on this list! The Arkham Knight being the Joker in disguise is a really cool theory. There's just one problem with it—the Joker's dead. At least he is in the Arkhamverse (the name for the universe in which the Arkham games take place.) and as much as I want to argue that comic characters never really stay dead, Rocksteady has assured time and time again that the Joker is 100% dead.
Still, how shocking would it be if Rocksteady was pulling one over on us and that the Joker was still alive, plotting and planning his revenge against his old friend Batsy?!
Ra's Al Ghul
Ra's Al Ghul is one of Batman's oldest and oldest living adversaries. He also became Batman's father-in-law after Batman marries Ra's daughter Talia Al Ghul and they have a child named Damien. Their new family status doesn't change the relationship between these two however, with Ra's still believing the only way to save the world is to destroy it and Batman still foiling every one of his plans. It's a pretty simple formula.
In the Arkhamverse, another of one Ra's plans to destroy humanity was foiled, ending in him getting a rather nasty injury.
However, if you inspect the spot in which he died later on, you'll find the sword there but Ra's body gone; hinting that he's alive. How? Well if you're familiar with Ra's then you're probably familiar with the Lazarus Pit, a pit filled with strange green liquid that keeps Ra's immortal. It's possible that he used the Lazaruz Pit in order to make him younger and stronger so that he could come back in Arkham Knight and take revenge on Batman! I find this theory to be very possible.
Talia Al Ghul
Like father like daughter, Talia is also prone to using the Lazarus Pit. Though she's not usually an enemy of Batman, she's not an ally either. She's in that very thin line of good and bad, sharing it with Catwoman and for a while, Poison Ivy.
Still, there are still some reasons she might be trying to kill Batman whilst dressed up as Iron Batma—er Arkham Knight. Perhaps she's angry at him for trying to kill her father and lying about seeing why he must continue Ra's legacy. Or maybe she's angered that he allowed her to be killed at the hands of the Joker in Arkham City. Either way would be enough of a reason in Talia's mind to try and murder her baby daddy.
There's even a solid reason for her wearing the mask and suit. She would obviously still have feelings for Bruce and wouldn't want him to find out that she was...you know, trying to kill him.
A fear toxin induced hallucination!
Here's an unpopular one; the Arkham Knight is nothing more than a fear toxin induced figment of Batman's imagination. I say it's unpopular because no one wants this to be the case! But it is plausible, Gotham City is being subjected to fear toxin. So why wouldn't Batman, who has an open-mouthed cowl mask not inhale some of that toxin and subconsciously create the one thing he fears; his corruption and his failure to uphold justice?
The reason the Arkham Knight looks so much like Bats might be because he fears himself turning out just like the criminal scum he puts behind bars. Both Batman and his enemies (mainly the Joker) have noted how close he is to becoming a villain. If you think about it, Batman always has the upper hand on his enemies; because he thinks like them. And in order to think like someone as mad as the Joker or Scarecrow, you'd have to pretty loony yourself.
It's very possible that this theory is true, but I hope not. I'm really hoping that Rocksteady has more than that in store for Batman: Arkham Knight. I suppose we'll just have to wait until the game releases to know for sure.
Jeez, I—I mean Batman sure has a lot of stuff to take care of in Me: Arkham Knight. I mean...I'm not Batman! (phew, nice save.)