Batman: Arkham City's Comic-Con trailer has Penguin and suprise guest Solomon Grundy

As Comic-Con reached the end of its first day, a panel for one of the most anticipated sequels of the year was going down. The Batman: Arkham City panel began with what we thought was the biggest news, Talia al Ghul being in the game, yet developer Rocksteady dropped a bomb on us by the meeting’s end. In a trailer meant to formally introduce us to the Penguin, we were stunned by the appearance of DC’s premiere homunculus, Solomon Grundy.

The video begins by introducing us to a more sinister Penguin than we’re accustomed to. For the past few years in the comic he’s been evil but mostly passing himself off as a legitimate businessman, not a guy who shoots cops in the backs in public. Though his Iceberg Lounge, filled with goons, looks lifted almost straight off the comic book page, however what was waiting beneath the floor was the real shocker.

Once Bats defeated Penguin’s goon squad, Penguin sent Batman beneath the club where he heard the familiar stanza, “Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday…” Familiar to comic fans and cartoon lovers who watched Justice League Unlimited or Super Friends, Solomon Grundy is the not so smart mega-zombie that’s been around for almost 70 years. A magic-based monster, Solomon is an undying plant elemental that often shifts personalities and power levels when defeated. His standard power set involves super strength, near-indestructability, and insane stamina. Batman has beaten him in the past, but not easily.

The inclusion of such a magic-based character crossing over into Batman’s Arkham world makes us wonder if other mystical DC heroes will appear, like Etrigan or everyone’s favorite witch, Zatana. We feel Zatana is even more likely because B:AC’s writer Paul Dini loves the character and has used her often in comics.

Jul 22, 2011


  • Yeager1122 - July 27, 2011 4:38 a.m.

    Each new video just gets me more and more excited for this game!
  • jackthemenace - July 24, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    WHOA. I'm now wondering whether I'll enjoy AC MORE than I'm enjoying LEGO Batman. Whack Nightwing in and I'm there. I've just thought, who actually IS the PRIMARY villain in AC? And do we know if Joker's gonna make a return at all?
  • The_Tingler - July 24, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    @ClassicCreation: "In other news, I need more money. Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Bioshock: Infinite, Batman: Arkham City, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." Well, you can at least remove Bioshock Infinite from that list, since that's not out until at least next year.
  • Urquhart - July 23, 2011 6:33 a.m.

    Is it weird that the thing I'd be most excited to hear, is they they had Bruce without his cowl on. I don't know why. Even for just a cutscene.
  • Rubberducky - July 23, 2011 12:09 a.m.

  • AngryScotsman - July 22, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    It's not really a surprise if you put it in the headline and screen capture, is it? It's not a huge spoiler, but it was nice to experience the surprise of hearing a zombie saying nursery rhymes with a fresh mind.
  • BattleReachRising - July 22, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    Dude. I really hope Grundy isn't a fightable character. It would be like Bane from B:AA except 5 times harder.
  • ClassicCreation - July 22, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    NO, NO, NO, NOT OCTOBER 18th! I WANT NAAOOOO!!!! In other news, I need more money. Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Bioshock: Infinite, Batman: Arkham City, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
  • sharkweek - July 22, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    For some reason that reminded me of that weird legion of doom thing they used to play on cartoon network in 90's. SOLOMON GRUNDY WANT PANTS TOO!
  • EdDeRs1 - July 22, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    man, all this needs for the leval of epicness in this to rival MvC3 is to hear a few gunshots in a alley, folled by "I AM THE LAW!" as the ultiamate lawman makes his pesence felt... (thats judge dredd for those not in the know)
  • taterboob - July 22, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Yowza. I'm not really a huge DC guy (was always a Marvel kid), so I barely know who Solomon Grundy is. That said, every time they reveal something new about AC, it gets me more and more excited for it. As crazy as AA was, it looks to be the calm before the storm compared to this.
  • MidianGTX - July 22, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Mentioning BF3 because you guys seem to have forgotten or something.
  • shaft121 - July 22, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Gor Blimey Guvnor, I'm the bleedin' Penguin innit?!
  • TheHowetzer - July 22, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    One thing we can all agree on, its going to be a great holiday season, theres just too many great games coming up. UC3,Dark Souls, Skyrim, B:AC, so many good 'uns.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - July 22, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    Still looking great. Possibly my most anticipated game this holiday. Actually, no, I just can't decide. Between this, Skyrim, Saint's Row 3, and Uncharted 3, I have no idea.

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