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Batman: Arkham City - What all the easter eggs and secrets tell us about the sequel

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And the villains will be…

Black Mask

The only criminal to escape from Arkham City (you can find his escape route in the south-east corner of the Industrial district), Roman Sionis is now back within its walls, whereabouts unknown. The completely insane, sadistic crime lord and occasional cult leader is too strong a character not to use, and the fact that he has already escaped Arkham City once pretty much cues him up for a major appearance in Arkham 3, guaranteed.

Hush

The serial killer has now changed his own face in order to masquerade as Bruce Wayne in Gotham. His voice has even started to sound like Batman's, implying that they're both played by voice actor Kevin Conroy. He's going to play hell with Bruce Wayne's public reputation. And if he works out that Bruce is Batman in the process and takes the impersonation a step further... Ye gods, that's going to get unpleasant.

The Sacred Order of St. Dumas / The Order of Purity

These guys are going to be at the centre of an over-arcing plot. And that’s going to create major friction with…

Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins

Ra’s isn’t dead. Well he is, but he isn’t going to stay that way. Batman's dialogue with Oracle near the end of Arkham City virtually confirms this inevitability, as does the later disappearance of Ra's' body and the lockdown of his inner sanctum. Basically, Ra’s and the League are too big a storyline and resonate too well with the apocalyptic themes I’m expecting in the third game to be swept away so quickly. With the appearance of The Order, Ra’s has both a potential ally and a potential foe. Depending on which way he sides, he could be a major part of the next game’s plot, possibly even an ally for Batman.

And Talia's not dead either. Her body disappears too. And she'll probably be out for vengeance against The Joker. Also, with the Lazarus Pits now established in Rocksteady's Batman continuity, and a whole network of them existing in the comics, expect to be tracking down and destroying a bunch of them as a side-mission.

The Ventriloquist and Scarface

Very much tied in to the original comic book Cataclysm storyline (he was responsible for the earthquake) and definitely teased in the last two games to the point where he must appear in the next one. His mobster-styled puppet Scarface (who either embodies his violent split personality or possesses him with one, depending on whether you interpret any supernatural goings on or not) was seen several times in Arkham Asylum, and it’s explained in the Arkham City Stories that The Joker now has several replicas. The Ventriloquist’s whereabouts are unknown following his release from Arkham previous to the first game, but with Scarface now (temporarily at least ) without a master, he must make an appearance in the next game. Hell, if there are enough Scarface replicas, finding and destroying them might even be a side-mission or Riddler challenge.

The Penguin

If there’s gangland profiteering to be had, the Penguin will be involved. He manipulated the suffering inflicted by Cataclysm for his own gain, and he’s more than likely to turn up in Bludhaven attempting to do similar.

The Falcones

These guys are already in Bludhaven. We’ve seen too much of them in Arkham City for them not to be a big part of the game. They’ll be in it.

Maxie Zeus

A crime lord and casino owner under the delusion that he is actually the actual Zeus, Maxie has never been one of the top-tier villains, but he’s a very interesting one. Doubly-so, given that the reference to electro-shock treatment in his unlockable in-game bio seems to directly reference the disturbing-as-all-hell interpretation of him as an electrified, emaciated pseudo-messiah in Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum graphic novel. His casino still (just about) stands in Arkham City, but he is missing. As his Arkham City bio states though, he can’t be far away. Given that he was one of the more notable escapees from Arkham when Bane tore down the walls during the Knightfall storyline, I’ll put money on him turning up in Gotham or Bludhaven in the next game.

The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow’s mask is visible on top of the wrecked overpass leading into The Joker’s compound in the Industrial District, but while providing a cool little easter egg (not to mention a solved Riddler puzzle), it also points the way to an even bigger hint. The barge a little way over into Gotham bay from the broken road is where The Scarecrow is hiding out. Head over there, unlock the deck-hatch with the cryptographic sequencer, and you’ll find grimy interior awash with insects, containing a solitary goon held hostage.

If observed, he’ll freak out and then die. Oh, and did I mention that the password to the hard-to-hack vessel is “City in Terror”? The Scarecrow is up to something big. Rocksteady have already referenced the Tim Burton Batman films with Arkham City’s snow and the broken bell at the bottom of the church clock tower, so there’s no reason a hint of Batman Begins’ plot shouldn’t turn up in the next game.

The Joker

When he comes back though, things are going to get really interesting. Rocksteady have done a beautiful job in Arkham City of establishing the true, co-dependent, almost sympathetic nature of his relationship with Batman. We know that Bats would have saved him at the end of Arkham City, given the chance. We know that The Joker has probably manipulated the situation for his own ends (namely surviving and getting out of Arkham) regardless of that intended favour. The fallout will be huge. And it will get really messy when you consider the fact that The Joker will be a dad by the time Arkham 3 comes around.

Bats will have more reason than ever to hate him, but he'll also have more reason than ever to protect him. If there's one man who will do anything to protect the bond between parent and child, it's Batman. Similarly, it'll be interesting to see what action The Joker takes if his Batman comes under threat from another villain. It was, after all, The Joker who took down Dr. Hurt. That quiet protectivity goes both ways.

Harley Quinn 

If the Joker is dead though (or hiding the fact that he isn't from everyone), expect to see Harley in a major villain role, possibly even the biggest threat to public safety due to the rage incited by the loss (percieved or otherwise) of her baby's father. Would The Joker really be so cruel as to let her think he was dead? If it fitted his larger plan, of course he would. He's The Joker.

Jason Todd

I guessed he’d be in Arkham City, but I still reckon he’s going to make an appearance. In fact, given his absence from the current game I’m even more sure that he’ll turn up in a big way. Long story short: Jason was the second Robin, (temporarily) killed by The Joker after Batman failed to save him. He eventually returned, insane and vengeful, and determined to destroy them both. Given the timeframe of Bat-history sketched out by Rocksteady here, his non-appearance sticks out like a batarang in a tight jeans pocket, so I can’t help but suspect that Rocksteady are saving him for something big.

He may even be responsible for all of the impending trauma soon coming for Batman. And hell, if he is, it will certainly give Batman and The Joker a seriously interesting shared enemy through which to explore their relationship. Not to mention one through which Batman can explore the guilt and sense of responsibility that’s just started to be hinted at in Arkham City. 

Clayface

After he died he was swept into a Lazarus Pit. Simple as that. He's back.

Also, Rocksteady...

Could we definitely have an unlockable '60s Batman filter when we complete the game next time around, please? You know it would be brilliant. 

 

So, that's my take on Arkham 3. What do you reckon? Anything I've missed? Any interpretations of your own you'd like to spin things with? Let me know.

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115 comments

  • jesus-el-cholo-barraza - March 15, 2014 5:44 a.m.

    If you read the comics batman and gordon cremate joker so yeah he's not alive dude
  • Bat6996 - March 14, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    I enjoyed reading this, too much about azrael, not enough hush though. If you know the hush storyline, hush wants revenge on Bruce Wayne and teams up with riddler to discover that Bruce Wayne/batman are one and the same. If you listen to the riddler interview tapes, Hugo strange tells riddler how he discovered batmans true identity. Riddler becomes a major villain, along with hush and scarecrow and all of Gotham is in terror. I like the dr.hurt idea, and I'm glad you mentioned blüdhaven as a map
  • Drumguy818 - August 14, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    An idea that would explain the retcon of the pregnancy test in Harley Quinn's revenge. The original idea for Arkham 3 was probably to have Harley have a big revenge plot and have Joker's kid play a role in it, possibly evenbut they thought of a better idea (at least in their opinion, and, if I'm correct and it works out, my opinion as well). Harley Quinn's Revenge was basically a way to get rid of the old groundwork (making the first pregnancy test a mistake, having Harley's revenge fail) and pave new groundwork. I noticed while playing the DLC that there was serious friction between Batman and Robin. Would it be entirely out of the question to have Tim Drake be driven to the point of becoming a 2nd Joker? Rocksteady likes to bring in ideas from different sources when it comes to the Arkham games, and in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker *spoiler* Tim Drake turns out to be the new Joker. Even though in that, the Joker was essentially using mind control on Tim, I don't think it's entirely out of left field to assume that the Joker would return as a different person. If anyone were to become the second Joker, it would be Tim Drake *end spoiler*. I could be entirely wrong, but that's the vibe I got from the HQR DLC.
  • caincrow33 - August 9, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    I say no batgirl or Maxie Zeus. I'd love to beat the hell out of Jason todd as Nightwing and/or Robin (as if telling Batman that Jason todd isnt his fault.) Also, Drive Batmobile would be great. If the Scarecrow is main villain (and its pretty obvious he will be) then creepy villains like RatCatcher need to have some small amount of annoyance in the game. same with Madd Hatter. and Batman (or the gamer) not really knowing who is messing with him at all times. One playable character you left out that I would very much enjoy even in a limited amount like Catwomans in Arkham city, is James Gordon.
  • Duke1394 - August 4, 2012 6 p.m.

    Joker still being alive? There's the problem. Batman would've been sure enough to check the body w/ detective mode and see its condition as "deceased" just as he did with many dead guards. Now that that's said, it would be a cop out if he just comes back to life. That's enough to ruin a large part of the story.
  • firos - July 11, 2012 8:59 a.m.

    Harley is not pregnant, you can see multiple negative pregnancy test in Harley Quinn's Revenge dlc.
  • Sjoeki - July 11, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    True but I wouldn't be suprised if rocksteady threw those in the room just to screw with us. In the original game there was only one test and that one was positive, also it happens in real life to a lot of people (women mostly) that tests come back negative but a baby falls out after nine months anyway.
  • XD00175 - June 12, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    Nice, everything seems spot on. The Catclysm/ No man's land seems like a logical choice, and I definitely want playable Nightwing and Bludhaven. I hope we get the whole bat family as playable; Batman, Nightwing, Robin, and both batgirls. Oh, and Catwoman better show up again. I hope Batman gets to fight Azrael at least once, would be an awesome fight.
  • mike-grieco - June 4, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    I personally feel that Two-Face will be in it in a bigger role because he was built up prior to Arkham City to be a big part and he wasn't. He should be more than just a behind-the-scenes guy. I'd love to see Black Mask, Scarecrow, the Falconis, and the rest. The Falconis would be an interesting way to go. Great article, makes sense.
  • SunniDee - May 21, 2012 8:08 p.m.

    My favorite article on Gamesradar. Well-written and based on their previous track record most likely to be true
  • nicholas-sagar - May 21, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    Joker IS alive causee this game is after jason's death, but before the red hood events.i remember joker saying in the challenge maps to tim "didnt i kill you already?"so he thinks jason is dead, and he killed him!and the red hood events did have joker in them.Maybe the red hood events could be a side mission.
  • lucas-white - April 13, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    i think it would be awesome if they can somehow put the batman beyond charactor in it. say that its 40ish years in the future and the joker did have a kid that grew up and the original batman can't fight him. so they use the new batman kid to do all the work for him.
  • aaron-hunter-pressley - March 27, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    NOBODY has mentioned anything about DRACULA Possibly being a villian in the game!I mean he was in a batman movie/cartoon.I mean it would be awesome if dracula bit the dead joker and joker was a vampire clown in arkham 3!And batman messes with him and he bites scarecrow!That would freaking rock!
  • aaron-hunter-pressley - March 27, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    in the cutscene before joker stabbed bats in the arm, the cure is in i think bats left hand.And when he woke up it was in his right could it be possible that joker SECRETLY drank some of the cure just so batman would walk him out of arkham's walls?And when bats dropped the cure joker licked some off the ground.So joker could still be alive! So lets go back bats got knocked out joker drank some of the cure and batman walked the ... WAIT! the lazurace pit brings people from the dead right? so clayface could of masqueraded as "sick" Joker plus clayface can copy looks right? SO JOKER COULD OF PUT MAKEUP ON TO LOOK SICK! I mean hes already got it on so i think that i have a good point!
  • sarah-alphonse - February 12, 2012 7:44 p.m.

    black mask is found in a tank in the museum so idk how he'd be there unless he was the jerimiah arkham version
  • daniel-wignall - January 14, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    I'm not sure if it's been mentioned before but did you notice at the end when batman passes out the cure is in his left hand but when he wakes up "the cure" is in his right hand any one else think that it's not a coincidence tha clay face fell into the Lazarus pit before batman passed out and that we don't know how long batman passed out for.
  • lewis-paton - January 4, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    On the dead shot side mission I saw a lightsaber in the place were his PDA is which is a reference to Mark hamill who voices the joker and was also luke skywalker
  • lewis-paton - January 4, 2012 5:36 p.m.

    Hey you missed something about scare crow . All of the number radio stations were left by him. The last the key is scarecrow and the message is Gotham will be torn to shreds by fear. I don't take credit for this discovery
  • amanda-stephens - December 22, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    dude i agree with you, but no one figured out that there is one more thing not making sense in this game. after batman fought mr.freeze he told batman to save his wife from joker. batman never did. in fact when he saw joker he didn't even mention anything.
  • Canos - December 27, 2011 6:40 p.m.

    Except that you do. One of the sidequests involves finding the building she is stored in, clearing it of Joker's goons, and telling Freeze where she is.

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