New Batman: Arkham City trailer reveals playable Catwoman

As more news starts to sneak out about Batman: Arkham City, the possibility of a second playable character has been stewing for a long time. With rumors flying for a while that classic comic figures like Jokeror even Robin being in the game, we at last got confirmation that you will be in control of more people than Master Bruce. As this new trailer confirms, you’ll be playing as Catwoman on occasion, and it looks like she plays pretty differently than Bats.

Once the video is done staring at Catwoman’s butt, you’ll see many of the variations between her and Bruce. First off she’s much more nimble, jumping from ledge to ledge with Assassin’s Creed-like agility. Her combat is equally dexterous and much more sexually suggestive than our hero, plus her goals seem more focused on stealing things instead of saving the city. It all appears to fit Selina Kyle’s personality and history, though all her breathy cat puns are getting slightly tiresome already.

Since Catwoman’s plot will be happening concurrently with Batman’s, what we’re most curious about is just how much time in Arkham City will be devoted to Selina’s missions. A 50/50 split seems pretty unlikely, but hopefully it’ll amount to something deeper than the PS3-exclusive Joker maps in the last game. We’ll almost certainly get some hands-on time with this mode at E3, so stay tuned to see if it plays as good as it looks.

Jun 2, 2011

Henry Gilbert

Henry Gilbert is a former GamesRadar+ Editor, having spent seven years at the site helping to navigate our readers through the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation. Henry is now following another passion of his besides video games, working as the producer and podcast cohost of the popular Talking Simpsons and What a Cartoon podcasts.