BySean Bailey, writer at Creators.co
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Sean Bailey

There are a lot of things that make it look as though Rocksteady is going to end the Arkham trilogy with a bang. But the most exciting thing about the new game is the titular villain, the Arkham Knight, who's been shrouded in mystery since announced. They say that this is an original character, but that hasn't stopped people from guessing who the man behind the mask really is. And of all the crazy theories that have caught my eye, there are only a few that really interested me. Here are five of the most interesting theories on the Arkham Knight's identity.

But be warned, there are potential spoilers ahead for both Arkham Knight, and Arkham City.

1. Jason Todd

There is no savior
There is no savior

Who

Batman's second Robin who was tortured and killed by the Joker. Ra's Al Ghul brought him back to life through the Lazarus Pit, but he came out insane because of the Joker's torture. He returned to Gotham and became the vigilante Red Hood, taking down crime by becoming part of it and ending those in his way, breaking Batman's one rule.

Why it works

Arkham Knight's motif is very similar to Jason's. Red Hood was trained by Batman and he has extensive experience in street-fighting, which gives him a fighting chance against the Dark Knight. Arkham Knight uses more firearms and militaristic weapons than Batman, as does the Red Hood. And lastly, Arkham Knight speaks to Batman in the exact same way as Red Hood, calling him "old man" and "predictable".

Why it doesn't work

There's no way that Jason Todd could have gotten his hands on an entire army nor the advance weaponry to take down the Batman. Plus, he wouldn't have bothered working with Scarecrow if he was causing mass destruction to his own city. And if anyone's been looking at GameStop, Red Hood is a confirmed playable character for the game. Wouldn't really make sense to have two masks for one guy.

2. Ra's Al Ghul

From the ashes of Arkham...Gotham will burn
From the ashes of Arkham...Gotham will burn

Who

The Leader of the League of Assassins and the father of Talia Al Ghul, Bruce Wayne's love interest. In Arkham City, he plotted with Hugo Strange to create the super-prison and destroy every criminal inside it. When Batman foiled this plan, Ra's Al Ghul died falling onto the Arkham Gate.

Why it works

Ra's Al Ghul has a habit of coming back from the dead thanks to the Lazarus Pit. And there have been theories going around that the Arkham Knight's armor is fused with Lazarus, which would explain his physical advantage over Batman. Ra's would also have access to an army large enough to take over Gotham. And lastly, Scarecrow's whole plan to destroy Gotham with his fear toxin is exactly the kind of thing that the League would be a part of, as their most popular practice is to destroy civilizations that are beyond saving.

Why it doesn't work

There isn't any reason for Ra's to disguise himself as the Arkham Knight. And the League of Assassins is known more for using swords and ancient weapons, not remote-control tanks and guns. Plus, none of the Arkham Knight's soldiers look like they have any martial arts skills equivalent to that of the League's.

3. Hush

Would you believe good, old-fashioned revenge?
Would you believe good, old-fashioned revenge?

Who

Dr. Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne that was tormented by his abusive father and a mother who did nothing to stop it. He tried to kill his parents to gain the family fortune, but only succeeded in killing his father, while his mother was saved by Thomas Wayne. This created a deep-seeded rage towards the Wayne family, which eventually led him to plot revenge in which he surgically changed his face to look like Bruce.

Why it works

If Elliot disguised himself as Bruce Wayne, he'd have access to the Wayne fortune, giving him the money necessary to gain the technology and soldiers that Arkham Knight has access to.

Why it doesn't work

As far as we know, Elliot doesn't have nearly the same amount of strength that the Arkham Knight has presented. And he definitely wouldn't have been able to gain that strength in the year between Arkham City and Arkham Knight.

4. Quincy Sharp

That's WARDEN Sharp to you!
That's WARDEN Sharp to you!

Who

Sharp started out as the warden of Arkham Asylum, but became Mayor of Gotham after the events of Asylum. However he was supported by Strange and, secretly, Ra's Al Ghul, so that he could launch Arkham City and Protocol Ten.

Why it works

I know that he clearly isn't the right build, but the theory is that the Arkham Knight is really a robot (possibly one of the Wonder Tower guards) controlled by Sharp. And for all we know, he's still being funded by Ra's, who's supplying him the tech and the army to take down Batman once and for all.

Why it doesn't work

He has no motive for going against Batman. The only people that brought him down were Strange and Ra's, and it seems like more trouble than it's worth, especially if it means the destruction of his own city.

5. Damian Wayne

Father...I imagined you taller
Father...I imagined you taller

Who

The son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul. Talia raised him to be a killer, and she even placed him in an artificial womb once born. She eventually revealed Damian's existence to Bruce in an attempt to distract him from his crime-fighting. However this worked the other way, and Damian became the next Robin.

Why it works

I know that Talia died at then, but during Arkham City, she mentioned a night she and Bruce spent at Metropolis, which could've been the day Damian was conceived. It could be possible that she had Damian long before Arkham City. And since both Ra's and Talia are dead, Damian would be the last surviving heir to the League, hence the Arkham Knight's army. He might also blame Bruce for his mother's death, giving him motive against him.

Why it doesn't work

Damian's a kid. He clearly wouldn't fit the height and size of the Arkham Knight. And sure, there's no confirming what his age is, but assuming that Batman's been doing the gig for 10 years, Damian would have to be that age or younger.

Now, these are only five theories, and there are many other ideas out there. Sadly, we won't be getting any answers until next summer. In the meantime, check out some other theories around the web.

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