Which villains will appear in Batman: Arkham Asylum 2?

The Penguin


Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is no madman, either. Before the Tim Burton-directed films, he wasn’t even physically deformed. The Penguin is nothing more than a short, fat and ugly businessman with a greed for money, a lack of morality and a fondness for umbrellas that double as weapons. We highly doubt he’d star as the main villain of an Arkham Asylum sequel… at least not until the developers got desperate for (fingers crossed) Arkham Asylum 3 and 4.

In a supporting role, though, he’d rule. Batman often allows Penguin to operate his criminal empire without interference because it provides crucial leads and contacts. Perhaps you’ll visit the villain to extract information, or blackmail him into assisting you take down a more dangerous foe. Whatever the reason, we’d kill to visit the recently opened Iceberg Lounge, so prominently advertised in the first game. It’s one of two Penguin mementos on the island… the only other character to get more than one is Two-Face. Tell you anything?


We don’t have any solid evidence that Catwoman could appear in a Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. We do have solid evidence, however, that the games industry will do anything within its power to showcase a sexy female character in as ridiculously revealing a costume as possible.

We trust the developers of Arkham Asylum to treat Catwoman better than that, of course, but higher powers – those interested only in the bottom line – may force her inclusion.

The Joker

Hold on. Didn’t we just beat this guy? Well, yeah… you didn’t actually expect him to stay beaten, though, did you? It’s the friggin’ Joker! Batman has fought his arch nemesis a thousand times already, and there’s no reason their perverted power struggle couldn’t continue in a second entry. After watching The Dark Knight, don’t you wish you could see Heath Ledger’s performance in another film? After playing Arkham Asylum, don’t you wish you could hear Mark Hamill’s performance in another game? We’d happily push these other villains aside for a rematch with the Clown Prince of Crime.

And if you think repeating bosses is a stupid idea, let us introduce you to Mr. Ganon and Mr. Bowser.

Who shouldn't be in the sequel?

By the way, Robin is referenced in Arkham Asylum. If you go to the Visitor's Center after locking away Harley, the Joker will ask Batman how he punishes his employees. Then the punchline: "Or is that ridiculous outfit you make him wear punishment enough?"

What about the setting?

Regardless of villain, Batman: Arkham Asylum would not be Batman: Arkham Asylum without… well… Arkham Asylum. The original’s choice of setting is brilliant for three reasons. It’s creepy. It’s filled with villains. Most importantly, it’s contained. You may only visit a few areas during the game, but each is distinctive and packed with details. Open up all of Gotham City and that experience is lost.

A second visit to Arkham won’t work either, though; we’ve explored most of the island, and unlike BioShock’s Rapture, the developers can’t plausibly pretend that another huge, unseen section existed all along. So is a sequel even possible?

Yes! Here are a few environments that could work:

  • An abandoned amusement park. Batman’s always battling villains on rundown roller coasters, or chasing them through cobwebbed funhouses. Gotham City clearly has at least one out-of-business carnival… possibly dozens. Like the asylum, this setting is bordered, manageably sized and packed with themed zones. The Joker is right at home here.
  • Wayne Manor. The family estate is enormous, especially if you consider the modified caverns underneath and the potential wilderness surrounding. Get Bruce and Alfred out of town for a few weeks and let the vengeful Riddler redecorate. Their house would be as crazy as Arkham in no time.
  • A closed city block. More urban landscapes are fine so long as they’re not open-world. With the right planning, a villain like Two-Face could claim an entire block (or two, or three) as his turf and dare Batman to evict him. Logical boundaries might be fallen buildings, rubble, electrified fences or docks. Speaking of which…
  • No Man’s Land. In this year-long comic miniseries, Gotham is ravaged by an earthquake, quarantined by the U.S. government and abandoned by much of the population. Gangs and supervillains carve the metropolis into territories: Mr. Freeze, Zsasz, Poison Ivy, Bane, Scarecrow, Joker, Two-Face and even Lex Luthor all claim a piece of the pie. Batman would have to visit each area in turn, slowly but surely taking back his city. Ooh, we get chills just thinking about it!

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  • kibbles0515 - February 18, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    Well, if you find the hidden room in Batman: AA, you know that there are plans to build a larger facility in an abandoned part of the city. My prediction: the inmates take over, and each grab themselves a section, all vying to be THE villain who brings Batman down.
  • dannyboy19 - October 16, 2010 3:09 p.m.

    they've already released all the info on this game. robin will be in it as will catwoman, harley quinn, the riddler, two-face, and joker will be in it, however he is still recovering from his titan overdose. there may be a co-op mode on the game, nd it will take place in a place called arkham city. after arkham asylum, warden sharp took credit for batmans actions and won his mayoral campain and moved the asylum to a secluded part of the city where villains and their gangs run free. doctor strange (you may remember him from arkham asylum) is running this facility. you will be able to use the different gangs to your advantage, by pitting them aginst eachother to gain your own gang. you can now use every gadget in battle in some way and you will be able to counter thrown objects, as well as 2 enemies at a time.
  • Rochstaad - May 20, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    how about blackgate prison as the next setting? the only thing referenced about it in the game is ratman's description, something about huge ventilation systems and some intricate sewer tunnels...
  • vvvampirevv - April 13, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    I was playing AA last night and came up with an idea. What if Rocksteady incorperated a multy player version in the second batman game. Players can play as different batfam characters and tie in the whole storyline. or at least a co op with Robin, Nightwing, or Batgirl. The possibilities are endless because rather than... have a semi linear game to play, the person playing Batman with supporting players can explore different sections of Gotham at different times to find clues and assist the main player. On a side note if you tie in playing as villin characters such as the Joker in real time. it will be a battle of wits for player against player game play. I know this sounds like alot to take in but have you ever heard of a game giving the option to play head to head against a real person in an adventure game I havent. Just a few thoughts
  • meralij - January 21, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    As looking through my collectors edition and it says that mr freeze had escaped. This means that he could be involved in the sequel
  • megalodon - January 16, 2010 1:43 a.m.

    Clayface can play a role if he can get away during the rebuilding. would love to see Scarface and the ventriloquist.
  • TinMario92 - January 13, 2010 6:32 a.m.

    I alrady saw the trailer and i got an idea of who woUld be in the game, I'm pretty sure two face would be in it, and an old version of the joker, maybe the penguin, black mask, harley quinn, and i think the first game villains, if you haven't watched the video do it right now
  • supersaz78 - January 8, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    the villians so far are going to be awsome if they show up, but the one that isnt listed is mr freeze, remember when you fight harley quinn for the last time you can clearly see mr freeze's cell all encased in ice.
  • Necoz1 - October 30, 2009 9:43 p.m.

    if scarcrow got the titan serum he would be a ginourmous buff scary and smart fella so batman would be in....los of trouble. Go Scarecrow!
  • Boomon - October 12, 2009 6:58 a.m.

    I do so want to see Mrs. Selena Kyle make an appearance. I really would like to the bat and cat together in another video game.
  • baro50 - October 5, 2009 1:55 a.m.

    Video game Title should be: BATMAN GOTHAM CITY
  • Aiursrage2k - October 3, 2009 10:10 a.m.

    Never happen but an interesting idea would be Lex Luther. He wants the serum for himself, he hires bane to get it. Bane kidnaps the Joker Now imagine at some point you also have to battle superman, using kryptonite. Than later in the game you have you are actually tossing Louis off a tall building, super man swoops in to catch her. You have to pound on super man while he is falling than get Louis before she hits the ground. At some point Joker and batman actually form a temporary alliance. Than later on he Joker in is a position where he can either escape or help Bats but he simply decides to leave (becoming a minor villain at this point).
  • sharpshooter410 - October 3, 2009 3:35 a.m.

    I think that the setting should be like no mans land but there are fractions of the city taken by certain villans that team up like two face and joker and they have gang fights then batman has to step in so like ras al gul and calender man (just making these teams off the top of my head) vs prometheus and maxie zeus (between henchmen) then if they want to add this not saying they should whichever actions you choose batman to do that makes one side more dominant then all the others
  • intheshadowofthehorns - September 30, 2009 7:39 p.m.

    The main villains should be Mr. Freeze, Clayface and Two Face.
  • MacGyver1138 - September 21, 2009 1:44 p.m.

    The idea of an isolated area similar to the first game is probably necessary, but I really want to see Rocksteady's take on Gotham City, so I would love to see at least part of the game there. Even if it is only an intro fight or final boss fight, it would be nice to see the Dark Knight in his element. As far as villains, they really do have lots of choices that they set up in the first game. Personally, I could see Two-Face, The Penguin, or Scarecrow being the main villain, with lots of minor villains similar to the first game. Scarecrow would actually give the developers an excuse to have a portion of Gotham "quarantined" which would be the isolated area they need to have the feeling of the first game, but with a new setting. Also, seeing as how Batman uses fear so much, he makes an interesting villain to play off of. An entirely new villain created for the game would be interesting as well, though I don't know how well that would tie in with all of the existing villains sure to show up.
  • grimmsta - September 10, 2009 11:22 a.m.

    don't forget about the other dc heroes and villains. they may also take part in the second game. batman maybe traveling to their cities as well........
  • coolbeans - September 9, 2009 3:13 a.m.

    i skipped the credits and i still saw the video...
  • drunation - September 7, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    Batman cithom city sounds like GTA batman.
  • drunation - September 7, 2009 4:21 p.m.

    Am I the only one that thinks Frank Miller's Dark Night Returns would be fantastic. It may be in the future, but the mutants would be excellent commons, not to mention a "Bat Tank." A fight with a sold out to the government Superman. Wow this screams video game. Now that I put this thought down it sounds like Gears of Batman, oh well.
  • jumbomicrobe - September 7, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    Great article, and I really loved the game. I also think that the sequel could be in the prison (blackpool or something like it?) They refer to it many times in the game and I think a prison setting is not for out compared to a loony house!! Anyways, first DLC..

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