Batman: Arkham City interview tapes go viral, contain clues to the motives of Penguin and Joker

Just after E3, we got our hands on a mysterious cassette tape for Arkham City that contained an exchanged between Arkham City’s overseer/psychiatrist Hugo Strange and the enigmatic Riddler, revealing some secrets pertaining to the game’s world. Now two more taped conversations have surfaced, one giving us hints to the Joker’s poor physical condition, and another some background on the squat-but-deadly Penguin.

The Joker’s tape is rich with clues, chief among them further confirmation that Mr. J is dying and has very little time left, no doubt thanks to his use of Titan at the end of Arkham Asylum. Though Joker has previously been cagey about how sick he is, Strange seems pretty sure the clown is going to die very soon, and Hugo is a doctor. Also, Hugo alludes to having more than “psycho mumbo-jumbo” to figure out what’s wrong with the Joker. Perhaps he has a machine to see inside his patient’s minds like in his one Batman: Animated series appearance.

The Penguin tape is nearly as interesting, though it reveals more about Strange than the umbrella-loving crime boss. Back when Penguin was part of Gotham’s high society he was acquaintances of the Wayne family, something Hugo is keenly interested in. Aside from being happy about their deaths and thinking Bruce Wayne is a spoiled brat, Penguin didn’t give the Wayne’s much thought, though you can tell Hugo is on to something. It seems the Strange has figured out at this point that Bruce is Batman and was likely testing the Penguin to see if he’d figured it out, but the bird lover is all business, failing to take the bait.

The biggest take away from these and the previous tape is what a huge force Hugo Strange appears to be in Arkham City. He seems to be everywhere, a force behind the motivations of each villain as he treats Arkham City as his personal sandbox. We can’t wait to see Bats kick his ass off of the playground.

Jul 27, 2011


  • jmcgrotty - July 28, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    Again with these pointless reports! If it isn't about Harley Quinn, quit talking about it. It's irrelevant! No other character (hero or villian) in the game matters. I'm getting really annoyed.
  • taterboob - July 28, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    @Angstycliche And also Orson Welles. "Full of country goodness and green pea-ness".
  • Crypto140 - July 28, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    This game is packed with characters, the story has got to be 30+ hours long! That's the way to make a single player game!
  • slimjim441 - July 28, 2011 5:34 a.m.

    @jackthemenace He will. @codystovall Freeze for sure. I hope they don't include the rest, mostly because they are all lame. Red Hood is cool, but he would have to be Jason Todd Red Hood from Judd Winnick's 'Under the Red Hood' since it obviously can't be Joker. Man-Bat's lame, Firefly was always b-list, and Prometheus sucks balls. He was designed as a body guard for Hush (who needed a body guard like Barbara Gordon needed running shoes), who was also created by Grant Morrison, who deserves to die for the shame he has shat across the Batman story. @peachguy Quite.
  • peachguy - July 28, 2011 4:04 a.m.

  • rndmnss470 - July 28, 2011 2:16 a.m.

    I really can't wait to see what is done with the Batman villains in this game as Batman may have some of my favorite villains in comic books.
  • ACGUY - July 27, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    Play these with youtube's beta captions it's lol
  • inkyspot - July 27, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    @codystovall: That would be wicked, although I doubt it.
  • codystovall - July 27, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    Still hoping for manbat, freeze and firefly. also red hood and prometheus.
  • BigWillis - July 27, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    The picture on the content stream is definitely what Batman looks like when he forgot to bring his Newspaper taking a dump.
  • jackthemenace - July 27, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    The second tape's really bad quality D: I love the design of the first one, constantly switching between pictures of people :P I'm glad Joker's going to be a big part in this one, and I hope that The Riddler plays a bigger part in this one than he did in the last one

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