New Arkham City trailer is full of scary clowns

Coulrophobes, stay away from this latest Batman: Arkham City trailer! People who don't know that “coulrophobia” means “a deep-set fear of clowns” most likely don't suffer from the condition – whose etymology, FYI, stems back to approximately the same time as Steven King's It was released – and hence can enjoy the clip's cast of terrifying clowns, malevolent carnival atmosphere, and final outing for Mark Hamill as the voice of the Joker. But seriously, if you don't like clowns, you will freaking hate this video.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the Batman/Joker rivalry forms the backbone of Arkham City's storyline from this clip, which makes the game look as close to 1988's comic, The Killing Joke – the accepted template for the Joker in most every presentation since – as you're likely to get while holding a controller. But no: Arkham City is so big that the Clown Prince and his entourage of circus-freaks are but one subplot of a much bigger narrative. Here's hoping newly-unveiled immediate fan favorite Mr. Hammer stays alive long enough to get his own spinoff.

Sep 22, 2011


  • Cruddi - September 28, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    Got it down for my game of the year... Even with games such as Skyrim, Deus Ex, Call of duty mw3 and Rage it is between Rage and Batman Arkham City.
  • md1292 - September 25, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    Wow. I definitely agree that it's reminiscent of The Killing Joke. Because the majority of that graphic novel took place at a carnival, and it was obvious by the dialogue that both Batman and The Joker knew one of them was going to die before the night was out.
  • SeanS22 - September 24, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    The only consolation with not being able to see the video is not seeing the Star Wars Bluray advert.
  • Crypto140 - September 23, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    When describing this video to my friends, the word "sexilicious" came up once or twice.
  • jackthemenace - September 23, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    DAMN that looks awesome. Has anyone else notice that, despite the fact that Bats isn't supposed to kill his enemies, when he drops people for the inverted takedown, those ropes must do some SERIOUS damage...?
  • ranacse - September 23, 2011 9:07 a.m.

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  • Unoriginal - September 23, 2011 1:51 a.m.

    This trailer is not available in your region...
  • CitizenWolfie - September 23, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    Is anyone else worried that with all these villains making an appearance in Arkham City, they will have nowhere else to go in the next game? I think Arkham Asylum worked because it just took a handful of villains and worked with it and the story was much tighter. There just seems to be an awful lot of the most popular villains in AC and along with the fact it's open world I'm hoping it's not overkill or that the story doesn't suffer.
  • lilbuddha - September 23, 2011 3:26 a.m.

    I can't imagine a 3rd being made without it being ruined by some high-level executive that has his own ideas about the direction it should go. Let the game end on a high note (probably a game of the year winner) and then just let it rest till the next gen of consoles, say 3-4 years.
  • AntmanG93 - September 23, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    I hope this is the last batman game in this series. If I remember correctly, this is the final joker performance from Hamill. They could recast him, but it wouldn't be the same (most likely). And I believe in Rocksteady, if it is the last, it will end in a bang.
  • Revanofsith - September 23, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    I don't know about Kevin Conroy, but Mark Hamill has already stated this would be his last project as the voice of the Joker. So unless they go real left field with the plot of a third game, it does not look likely that there will be another one.
  • Crypto140 - September 23, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    Same here, I guess after this they will try to make other superhero games, not in the same style as Batman AC of course, but in their own special way.
  • StoneDreadnaught - September 22, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    Please, PLEASE Rocksteady, don't get too ambitious with this game. I'm just worried because they've announced several villans that will somehow make it into the game (I'm beginning to wonder how much importance that Mr. Freeze trailer had) and I know they probably won't all be there physically (ala all the nods in AA), but I just hope they don't try to do TOO much and lose sight of what made Arkham Asylum so fantastic. I worry because I love this studio and their game.
  • Mezolitik - September 23, 2011 4:32 a.m.

    Well, Arkham Asylum had Poison Ivy, the Joker, Killer Croc, Bane, Harley Quinn, Victor Zzazz, Scarecrow, Riddler, and cameos from Scarface and it seems, so far, that AC has less major characters than AA.
  • psycho ninja 4 - September 23, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    Actually i don't think Zzazz really counts, all he really does is he points a knife at 1 or 2 people and you have to throw a batarang at him.
  • LiaraLoveSlave - September 22, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    Stephen King is one of the most prolific authors in the history of the written word. Steven King is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa's 5th congressional district. I am a fanboy with too much time on my hands. This is not a "gotcha" comment. This game will be amazing. I have seen the deadlights.
  • naruana - September 22, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    It's Stephen King.
  • Yeager1122 - September 22, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    This is going to be awsome.
  • Mike393 - September 22, 2011 8 p.m.

    How can this not win Game of the Year!
  • corndog501 - September 22, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    It'll be in the running for GotY, but I doubt it'll win. Its got a lot of competition (Skyrim, BF3, Deus Ex, Portal 2, Zelda, and Rage). Its most likely that Skyrim will win since, well....because its Elder Scrolls.

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