Warning: Major Spoilers for Arkham Knight follow.
[Batman: Arkham Knight](tag:2683936), developed by Rocksteady, is the latest game in the Arkham series. The series features Batman as the main character, battling it out with supervillains in order to keep Gotham City safe.
To date, we have seen many movies and games about Batman, however, none of them pose a more serious threat to Batman and Gotham City than in Arkham Knight. Here's the synopsis for the game:
One year after the death of the Joker during the events of Arkham City, Batman is struggling to come to terms with the absence of his nemesis and the uncomfortable feeling that the pair shared a bond deeper than either could admit. Without the Joker's chaotic presence, Gotham's citizens have never felt safer, and crime in the city has dramatically declined. However, this gives Batman's enemies, including Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn, a chance to unite with the singular goal of killing Batman.
On Halloween night, Scarecrow threatens the city with his newly created strain of fear toxin and bombs planted throughout Gotham, forcing the evacuation of the city's six million civilians. Only criminals remain in the city, leaving Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department outnumbered.
Awesome, right? But there's more. Following are a few more reasons why this story absolutely needs to be adapted for the Batman standalone film.
1. The Storyline and Tie-in with the DCCU
We already know that Batman in the new DCCU will be more older and experienced, quite similar to the game. We also know that a Robin is most likely dead (seeing Joker's writing all over the suit), which is true for the game too.
The DCCU version of Bruce Wayne/Batman is really damaged and upset about past events, the death of Robin likely amongst them. This is followed up by an extract from a newspaper, saying "You let your family die". Now, this could only have been sent by someone who:
A) Knows the real identity of Batman.
B) Knows that Robin was murdered by the Joker.
The Arkham Knight (Jason Todd) fits the bill in both the ways above. Plus, he was trained by Batman himself, and even his suit is similar to Batman's. Whats better than seeing Batman in a movie? Answer is: TWO Batmans! This plot will be both emotionally, and physically jarring for Batman, his allies, and even the audience, as the Dark Knight goes through his greatest test yet. This also ties in to the DCCU perfectly.
Arkham Knight follows the events one year after Arkham City, and the death of The Joker (Joker doesn't necessarily have to die in the movies). Scarecrow has concocted and perfected a new and more effective fear toxin, which he plans on releasing all over Gotham. He is aided by the Arkham Knight, a militarised version of Batman, sworn to kill him personally.
Gotham City starts to evacuate, as Batman starts the hunt for Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight, in order to save Gotham from certain doom.
2. The Bat-Family
In the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, we saw a Robin suit, with the Joker's writing all over it saying, "HAHA, the joke's on you BATMAN". Now, we know that during the events of Arkham City, Robin (Jason Todd) was captured by the Joker, and was tortured till Joker broke him (both physically and psychologically), which made Jason driven for revenge and turned him into Arkham Knight, and later on, the Red Hood.
After Jason Todd's apparent "death", Batman took on a new sidekick - Tim Drake, who became the third Robin. This movie would be a fantastic way to introduce Robin into the DCCU, as he is there at the time when Batman needs him most.
Nightwing, a.k.a Dick Grayson, who was also the FIRST one to take on the mantle of Batman's sidekick as Robin. Nightwing is an awesome character with a super cool suit, and some sense of humour to cover up for Batman. During the events of Arkham Knight, Batman was left alone and helpless, without any allies (except for Robin). Thats where Nightwing comes in. He provides Batman with the moral support, and the confidence that he can overcome the situation and save Gotham City from destruction.
This will also put Nightwing out in the DCCU, able to appear in other movies when needed, instead of making him wing it into the cinematic universe.
The movie would also introduce Oracle, aka Barbara Gordon, daughter of GCPD Commissioner Jim Gordon. Catwoman makes a short appearance in the game as well. It would make a purr-fect movie (pun intended).
3. The Riddler
The Riddler (Edward Nygma) is my second-favourite Batman villain, close behind the Joker. The Riddler is a highly intelligent man, a master criminal, and has an obsession with riddles and puzzles (hello Captain Obvious). After committing a crime, he used to leave a set of clues and riddles, which helped Batman track him down. The Riddler is slightly insane, having being admitted into Arkham Asylum several times, however, being released/escaping later on.
During the events of Arkham Knight, Nygma captures Catwoman, one of Batman's allies, and leads Batman on a chase all over Gotham, presenting him with riddles, puzzles, and challenges, in order to rescue Catwoman.
The Riddler is quite similar to Joker in many ways, which is what makes him so awesome. His plots and schemes are... amazing. A great villain like him deserves to have a great storyline (and a great actor), and I think most of us agree that Batman Forever was just ridiculous *shudders*. Riddler would be a great nemesis for Batman and the DCCU, as he is one of the most prominent Batman villains (which should attract crowds) and can challenge Batman to be the "World's Greatest Detective".
4. Scarecrow and the Gallery of Rogues
Arkham Knight offers a lot of villains from the Gallery of Rogues, including: Two-Face, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Deathstroke, Firefly, Harley Quinn, Riddler, Scarecrow, and Joker. Though including all of them will be a tad too much, bringing in one or two of these as sidekicks of the main villains/distractions for Batman would look cool. Also, it will bring recognition to lesser known villains, which can then be used later on in the DCCU.
I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that Scarecrow was a disappointment in Batman Begins. Scarecrow was used as a secondary villain in the movie, which I think is really unfair. Scarecrow is one of Batman's most dangerous foes, with his extremely effective fear toxin, which can neutralise nearly anyone, scaring them with their worst fears. Not to mention he looks so much more threatening than he did in the Dark Knight Trilogy.
Scarecrow infects Batman with his fear toxin in the game, creating various hallucinations, leading him to believe that Oracle is dead, and that Joker is alive again. He brought the Dark Knight, along with the city of Gotham down on its knees, and would have succeeded in in goal if not for the Arkham Knight intervening in between. Scarecrow ultimately reveals the secret identity of Batman as Bruce Wayne to the whole world, causing Bruce to take drastic actions to protect his family and friends.
5. The Joker and Harley Quinn
The Clown Prince of Crime is no laughing matter (I promise that was the last one)! Arkham Knight brings out the deep connection between Batman and his arch-nemesis, Joker. Like Heath Ledger said in The Dark Knight, "You... you... complete me" and, "I think you and I are destined to do this forever." Well turns out that it was very true.
Even though The Joker is dead when the events of Arkham Knight were taking place, he was "living" INSIDE Batman himself. Partly because Batman was infected with Joker's blood during Arkham City, and because the two have been battling each other for so long, that they did not realise how much they have changed, and have become like each other.
Batman keeps seeing hallucinations of Joker, and hears his voice inside his head, taunting and mocking him constantly. Even in death, Joker continues to harass Batman and make life difficult for him.
Next up, Harley Quinn! I assume all of us have seen the Suicide Squad trailer about... 100 times by now? Some of the best parts of the trailer include Harley and Joker. How awesome would it be to see her again in a movie for the Arkham Knight!?
Another reason why Harley Quinn will be a good choice here is because her dear 'Mistah J' is dead, and she is out for revenge against Batman.
6. Arkham Knight
Arkham Knight is one of the two main villains of the game. His suit is basically a militarised version of Batman. Later on in the game it is revealed that the Arkham Knight is none other than.... Jason Todd, the second Robin! Jason Todd was supposedly murdered by The Joker, however, turns out that he survived, and came back to haunt Batman as a villain.
What makes Arkham Knight such a deserving villain is that he was trained by Batman himself (when he was Robin), and therefore knows all about how Batman operates, and probably his real identity! Think of what he could do with all that information, specially after spending about a year in the company of Joker and being "trained" by him. He can wreck his house, the Batcave, kidnap the ones close to him - whatever he wants! He did so in the game by abducted Oracle (Barbara Gordon), daughter of Jim Gordon (and Batman's ally), thus turning him against Batman, and rendering him helpless.
Towards the end of the game however, after realising that Batman never meant to abandon him, Jason Todd saved Batman from Scarecrow, and went into hiding and taking up a new mask, which will make him the Red Hood!
The Knightfall Protocol was designed in case of the worst case scenario; if ever Batman's secret identity were to be revealed to the world. After Scarecrow had revealed Batman's identity to the world, reporters and citizens flocked to Wayne Manor to see the Batman. However, as soon as Batman entered the building, it exploded, leading everyone to believe that Batman/Bruce Wayne, and any other occupants of the house are dead.
Why this ending would the perfect for the DCCU is because WB can take Batman and the DCCU anywhere they want. They can:
A) Make Batman fake his own death - This was used in The Dark Knight Rises, so not very keen on it, but its an option.
B) Kill Bruce Wayne, and have someone else take up the mantle of Batman - A great option! Possible candidates could be Azrael, Jason Todd, or Nightwing.
C) Batman is gone - This option is not that great, but its possible that Batman is gone, and now the city is in hands of Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, Oracle, along with the citizens and the police force of Gotham. Batman did his work as a symbol of hope and inspiration, and now its up to others to live up to his work.
D) Leave a cliffhanger - If you finish the game 100%, you can see another ending, which shows a Batman like shape on a rooftop, which explodes into flames. This would be an AWESOME way to finish the movie, as it will leave people speculating what will happen to Batman, and make the DCCU more interesting. They can take any direction they want from here.
To summarise, Arkham Knight is a game which is absolutely perfect to be turned into a movie, its almost as if it was developed for that very purpose. Having great villains, awesome twists and turns, new heroes, amazing tie-in into the rest of the DCCU (with a huge potential to expand it further), and an ending which can cause a major impact in the Cinematic Universe.
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Synopsis taken from Wikipedia