Super Types

September 1, 2011

The Comics Console: The Many Batmen of Arkham City

One of the most fun qualities about the Batman and his part of the DCU/DCnU is the many different looks and costumes he keeps in his bat-closet. He’s pulled off many looks throughout the last seven decades, and Batman: Arkham City developer Rocksteady is giving us some diverse caped and cowled icing on top of their beautiful cake of a game.

The above Batmen are just the first images of the already announced skins that will become available in Arkham City. From left to right we have Terry Mcginnis’s Batman Beyond costume, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns costume, the suit design for Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s upcoming Batman: Earth One graphic novel, a classic Neal Adams style Batman, and my personal dream-come-true, the Batman: The Animated Series skin. Not to mention the original Rocksteady Batman. And although we don’t see it here, it has been confirmed that the Green Lantern Blu-Ray 3D combo pack (out October 14) will come with a PS3 code for Sinestro Corps Batman.

What I noticed first about these skins is that they aren’t just the Rocksteady Batman with different textured outfits and color; they’re actually designed with specific detail. Look at the Animated Series Batman. It’s like the avatar came right out of the cartoon itself. And Robin is receiving the same skin treatment. Catwoman is also playable in the game, but we’ve yet to see what, if any, costumes Rocksteady has for Selina Kyle, but I bet I can make a few good guesses.

Rocksteady has given us a perfect line-up of skins for the Caped Crusaders, and while some of them will apparently be pre-order exclusives to certain retail stores (no word yet on the details), hopefully all of these and more will find their way as DLC.

What also stuck out to me about the costumes we see above are the costumes we don’t see. If you’re passionate about your comic book video games like me, then I know you’re a greedy son-of-a-bitch and want more costumes!

The DCnU has launched, and it makes sense to give fans a costume resembling the new Batman. Tim Burton’s Batman is my personal favorite movie, and I’d gladly pay a generous amount of GamerPoints to play as Micheal Keaton. Same with a Tim Sale style Batman. And there are always the classic Batman and Robin combinations, like Adam West and Burt Ward. As far as Robin costumes go, there aren’t too many I’m dying to see, but I have to assume we’ll see a Nightwing costume at some point.

Then there’s Catwoman. I think the Michelle Pfeiffer costume might be my favorite, but a 1990s purple costume with the giant hair or a 1960s Julie Newmar costume would be some nice eye candy.


“Try not to stare, Old Chum….”

It may sound ambitious on my part, but if we could somehow get skins for the top villains in the game too instead of just the playable characters, then that would truly be bat-heaven. I would love to play Arkham City with every character in Batman: The Animated Series skins.

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Andrew Hurst