Arkham City has Batman/Joker co-op? Could be, if this trailer is real

Update: The original uploader has disabled embed code, probably to force people to view the video on his YouTube page. You can do so here

Ready for more Arkham City speculation? Today a YouTube video, which shows Batman and Joker teaming up to beat down waves of beefy thugs, suggests a brand new co-op mode could be in the works for the upcoming sequel. Naturally this has led to a great deal of "Fake!" comments, and it's entirely possible this is an elaborate work of machinima (I recognize some of the dialog from 2009's Arkham Asylum, for example), but even if that's the case, it's a damn good piece of machinima.

If it turns out to be legit, we'd safely assume this entire mode would be outside the narrative of the main story. Bats and Joker setting each other up for WWE-style takedowns? Not in a million years. But as an aside, hey why not? And why not bring in all the other characters announced for the game as well, each with different team up bonuses? Joker and Harley have one special takedown, Joker and Two Face have another and so on.

Above: The two-handed takedown, a move new to Arkham City, is seen in the trailer. Is this careful manipulation or the real deal?

We're inclined to go with "fake but awesome." Between the recycled dialog and the Arkham Asylum-era bad guys and environment, this feels more like a well-constructed piece of fandom. But then again, maybe this "leaked" from Rocksteady internal, and was filled with placeholder enemies and dialog just to convey the general idea of the mode to other employees? What say you? And even if it's a fun-lovin' hoax, would you want to see a similar mode make it into Arkham City for real?

We've contacted WB Interactive for further information on the off chance this has some merit - keep yer eyes peeled!


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  • reaperman22 - January 27, 2011 2:37 a.m.

    if its a fake why would WB take it down, damn i didn't even get to see it
  • BoltActionRevolver - January 27, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    New update. The videos Down. WB got it pulled
  • codystovall - January 26, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    Its been debunked as fake, thank goodness. it looked way too choppy(the fighting)
  • IRIsH - January 26, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    I like the idea of being doing competitive co-op combat challenges (too many C's) with different character combination's (I'm too stoned to continue the C words are pissing me off I'm going to play cod and try again later)
  • TheTygerfire - January 26, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    Arkham Asylum character models and sound clips, faked, obvious.
  • batman5273 - January 26, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    and it figures... as I post my comment, the video is removed.
  • batman5273 - January 26, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    Whether this is real or fake, it was still damn entertaining. Yes the dialog is the exact same as Arkham Asylum. Those line came from when the Joker blew up the elevator and Batman fights the first Titan. But even if it is fake, I chuckled and went ooohhh and ahhhh at a couple of the parts. Awesome video! I agree with another comment. If there is gonna be co-op, this is a damn good set up to have Robin or Nightwing as his partner. Hell it would even be bad ass if they had Azrael in the game. And even if there isn't coop, I think it would be good to have an AI partner that could assist you as long as it worked. But the way Rock Steady pulled off the fighting mechanics of Asylum, I think this would a great addition to the game.
  • BishopofHippo93 - January 26, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    Pretty sure the Joker was looking much more beat up in early Arkham City stuff. I noticed the recycled lines right off the bat (no pun intended). Personally I'd like to see nightwing in the game, especially if they can get Loren Lester, the voice of Dick Grayson in the Animated Series, to reprise his role. Rocksteady could pull it off.
  • donutman7 - January 26, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Same Dialog, same fight animations, same setting (alley you walk in when you get poisoned by scarecrow) same thugs, screams Fake with a capital F
  • Engage183 - January 26, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    fake or not the double-team takedowns were awesome XD if this is somehow legit, it would probably be a mode not relevant to the story at all, looks like a cool add-on though, with different characters/combos and what not
  • TDUBBS - January 26, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    Fake. Like you said the dialog is from Arkham Asylum, and theres no way in hell Bats would team up with The Joker. Even in a non-canon story would I buy that. Also compared to the other trailers Rocksteady has released this one looks completely different from their style. There are no quick cuts and the lighting is different.
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - January 26, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    It looks to good to be a fake
  • moan4stalone - January 26, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    Could be real since they have not said what the jokers role will be in this game.
  • livinginlyoko - January 26, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    my thought is who cares either way, if it's real fantastic can't wait, if it's fake then it's something that i've always wanted to see, the best good vs evil battle in the world teaming up to beat bad guys senseless
  • NotBraze - January 26, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    I'm calling this one fake as well. It's really good machinima, by all means, but the fact that everything is recycled from Arkham Asylum, the fact that Joker doesn't look like he's had a run in with the business end of a lawn mower, and just the very fact that Batman and Joker are teaming up just screams 'fan-made.' If this turns out to be real, I'll eat my hat.
  • db1331 - January 26, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    An obvious fake. Even if there is co-op in the new game, wouldn't Catwoman be the obvious pick, going by the GI cover?
  • TheChunk - January 26, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    Also, the character animation, it's exactly the same as Arkham Asylum, and also the character models are the same, and surely with this huge sequel that it is anticipated, and no doubt will be, the animations will be tweaked further to perfection, and also, and finally, the background / setting, to low-res' which doesn't highlight the sprawling beauty that Arkham Asylum had, though that beauty was decrepit and destroyed, this is just mediocre. And what about The Joker being hooked up to a medical pack being cared for by Harley Quinn, missing that part out?...
  • Chevapravatdumrong - January 26, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    I think it's fake, since the enemies look exactly the same as they did in Arkham Asylum. If it is real that's cool and it was pretty funny. I would like to see Nightwing or NightBat/Batwing in the game, and if I may push my glasses up to my face, Batman's costume should have the yellow oval since that's how Bruce Wayne wears his now that there are two Batmen, Henry back me up on this one.
  • TheChunk - January 26, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    This sort of prospect does raise questions, and does go against 'The Jokers' "morals". But the idea is an amazing one, but would be very one-sided and possibly flawed, they both have extremely different fighting styles and methods of taking down the enemies, as highlighted from Batman: Arkham Asylum. Though it could work, i've faith in Rocksteady if this is a real trailer, but also machinima seems much more likely in all honesty, though I do hope I end up eating my words on this front.
  • Japanaman - January 26, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    If they're gonna have Co-Op, then they need Nightwing in the game, not Joker.

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