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Meet Batman: Arkham City's newest resident, Talia al Ghul

While many still wonder if Talia al Ghul, daughter of one of Batman’s greatest foes and one of Bruce’s main love interests, will make an appearance in Dark Knight Rises, today at Comic-Con we got a more important confirmation. The femme fatale will be appearing in the incredibly awesome-looking Batman: Arkham City, and she’ll be voiced by Stana Katic from the TV show Castle.

Above: Image courtesy of Entertainment Weekly 

Adding Talia is a very intriguing choice, as her presence creates many questions, not the least of which is where her father in all this? Ra’s had a blink-and-you-miss-it Easter egg in Arkham Asylum, but the possible inclusion of his world-spanning League of Assassin’s in B:AC is a little bit outside the more ground-level Batman we’ve seen in the Arkham games so far. Will Ra’s just be a shadowy figure, one that might be teased as the villain for a third game?

Additionally, what impact will Talia have on the Bat’s mission in Arkham City? In the comics Talia has almost as often been Bruce’s enemy as she is his friend and would-be betrothed. And how’s Catwoman going to react if she has to compete for Batman’s attention? And will this Talia know Batman’s secret identity like she does in the books? We’ll let you guys in on the answers as soon as we know, though we have one last question: What do you think?

Jul 21, 2011

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16 comments

  • CitizenThom - July 22, 2011 10 p.m.

    I already wanted this game, but I'm even more excited to hear that yet another talented voice is joining the cast. Katic is great in Castle, although unless they do motion capture they're not going to capture the face acting that she does really well.
  • Ravenbom - July 22, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    What? Talia is supposed to have black hair! Number 6 is the only blonde femme fatale that's ever existed.
  • codystovall - July 22, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Buffy the batman slayer.
  • jmcgrotty - July 22, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    I'm getting really annoyed at the coverage for this game. Who gives a damn about all these announcements so far?? The ONLY news worth reporting is anything involving Harley Quinn. Everything else is irrelevant.
  • Zeb364 - July 22, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    Just when I think this game can't get anymore awesome they announce this. I freakin love Stana Katic as Kate Beckett on Castle and I'm sure she'll make an awesome Talia al Ghul. Hopefully she isn't playable though and especially not a challenge room character. If that's the case then she might end up with Robin as one of the only things I'm not happy about in this game. Although I really doubt they would have gone through the trouble (and cost) of getting Stana Katic if she was only a challenge character.
  • slapdatass - July 22, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    This is cool (Stana is awesome) but we knew this over a year ago. http://kotaku.com/5520444/two-voice-actors-out-arkham-asylum-2-villains
  • ashton - July 22, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    One word challengemodeplayable (for douches) its jumbled to make one word ;)
  • itsgoodtobetheking - July 22, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    I think it's an interesting choice, not one I would have expected. However I am interested to see where they take this. I almost wonder if it would have been better to hold off on this announcement till after the game launched. it might have taken me by surprise more.
  • Xerxes667 - July 22, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    @ Angstycliche Hells Yes Solomon Grundy!
  • hero2bash - July 22, 2011 3:23 a.m.

    awesome! I love stana katic
  • FEMINISTBONER - July 22, 2011 3:21 a.m.

    I wonder if Bats will sex her to make Damian in a God of War style minigame.
  • GhostbustTyler - July 22, 2011 3:17 a.m.

    Oh shit, that is three villains announced today. The line up of bad guys in this game gets better and better.This game is going to be amazing on so many levels. Loved all the fanservice the first one had, and this one is looking to top it. Beyond stoked for it to come out!
  • JudeDude92 - July 22, 2011 3:08 a.m.

    Heck yes, one more HOT reason to be excited for this game. WHY DO I HAVE TO BE IN UNIVERSITY!!!! So little time to play this amazing piece of Batman!
  • kingsmikefan - July 22, 2011 2:53 a.m.

    Hey sexy...
  • Yeager1122 - July 22, 2011 2:38 a.m.

    Im also just curious whether or not they will have her father in it.
  • billy-151 - July 22, 2011 2:30 a.m.

    I think she's in there for more eye candy... which no one is complaining about really.

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