Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is one of the key new games for 2023. While it isn't a direct sequel to Batman: Arkham Knight, it is set in developer Rocksteady Studios' broader Arkhamverse. We'll be leaving Gotham City and the shadow of the bat behind, and heading into Superman's home turf – Metropolis.
But we won't be working alongside Clark Kent in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. In fact, we'll be trying to kill him and a roster of DC's most famous heroes. Rocksteady is casting us in the role of the Suicide Squad here: with Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, and Captain Boomerang all lined up as playable characters in this open world sandbox.
From four player co-op support to the mission to assassinate DC's most famous heroes, keep reading to find everything we know so far about Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League release date
The Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League release date is set for May 26, 2023.
This news comes after a Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League delay pushed the game out of 2022. When Hill announced the news back in March, he said: "I know a delay is frustrating but that time is going into making the best game we can. I look forward to bringing the chaos to Metropolis together. Thanks for your patience."
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League platforms
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will launch on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X. While Rocksteady Studios and WB Games Interactive are yet to comment directly on why Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League won't be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, it is only inevitable that developers are beginning to focus their attention on the ninth generation of home consoles – two years after the introduction of the PS5 and Xbox Series X to the market.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League trailer
There have been three Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League trailers released so far. The first was released alongside the Suicide Squad's reveal at DC Fandome in 2020, setting the stage for what is sure to be an absurd adventure. The second trailer arrived in October 2021, focusing on story as it introduced the great array of famous super heroes the Suicide Squad will need to take on in Metropolis. We received the first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer in December 2021, which gives us a glimpse into each character's unique combat and traversal mechanics, and how the four can play off of one another in co-op. Be sure to watch the Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer above.
Oh, and there's even a couple of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League easter eggs that you may have missed from that story trailer. The prison uniforms that each of the former inmates are wearing carry a number that corresponds to the character's first appearances in comic books – issues of The Flash, Batman, and Superboy. Naturally, Harley Quinn has no inmate number, as she actually made her debut in Batman: The Animated series.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League setting and story
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is far larger in scope than any of the Rocksteady Batman: Arkham games. The city of Metropolis is being invaded by an alien force, and Brainiac has somehow corrupted the minds of some of the most famous DC super heroes that call it home – turning the likes of Superman and Flash against the people they once vowed to protect. Metropolis' only hope? Four DC super villains whose heads could explode at the first sign of defiance.
Rocksteady has written an original story for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, but if you've ever come across the Suicide Squad – be it in the comic books in which Task Force X was born, or in the movies that followed – you'll have some idea of what to expect in terms of tone and the general carnage that this team is capable of creating. We know that Amanda Waller recruits most of this motley crew from Arkham Asylum (rather than the Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary), although Rocksteady is yet to confirm whether we'll be able to explore Arkham or the surrounding Gotham City.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay details
Developed by Rocksteady Studios, the Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay is expected to build on the flow and momentum exhibited in the Batman: Arkham trilogy. Naturally, given the presence of four playable characters – and a mission to take down The Justice League – the scope of play will be massively expanded. Creative director Sefton Hill describes Suicide Squad as (opens in new tab) "a hybrid of Rocksteady's experience of bringing characters like Batman to life, combined with really awesome gunplay."
"Each one of them has a richer moveset, more things you can do, and more skill required to master them than you even had with Batman," Hill adds. So, how does that look within the open-world of Metropolis? Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, King Shark, and Harley Quinn will each have their own unique melee and ranged weapons, as well as individual ways to traverse the city. For example: master marksman Deadshot is able to wield a long-range rifle, when up-close-and-personal Harley will be able to whip out a baseball bat, and Boomerang appears to be able to tap into the Speed Force to quickly burst across the environment.
If you're worried about choosing between the four, Hill has confirmed that "you're never locked to any particular character for any particular section of the game." In single-player, Suicide Squad will have AI bots controlling three of the villains around you at all-times, and you can switch between each character at any time. "If you want to play as Deadshot, jet-packing around and sniping enemies, you can do that; and then boom, just instantly switch to playing as Harley, swinging around and flying into enemies with a baseball bat around the head."
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League co-op
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has full support for four-player co-op. You can have any squad configuration that you want, with AI bots filling out the rest of your squad. Creative director Sefton Hill has teased seamless drop-in, drop-out functionality: "If you want to play multiplayer with your friends, they can join in and take the role of one of the other squad members, and the great thing is that this is a dynamic experience. You can play some of the story single-player, some multiplayer – the whole game is accessible in single-player and multiplayer, in and out of those two modes, however you want to do it."
There's no word yet from Rocksteady on whether there will be Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League crossplay support between PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X. However, Warner Bros. Games Interactive is publishing another superhero co-op game this year, Gotham Knights, which has no support for cross-platform multiplayer. Whether that's indicative of how WB will ultimately handle this aspect of Suicide Squad remains to be seen, but you shouldn't get your hopes up.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League characters
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League features four playable characters, and they are undoubtedly some of the best Suicide Squad members of all time: Captain Boomerang (George Harkness), Deadshot (Floyd Lawton), Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel), and King Shark (Nanaue). Deadshot and Harley Quinn have both appeared in previous Batman: Arkham games, although Captain Boomerang and King Shark have only appeared in the 2014 animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham – which is canon to the wider Arkhamverse.
The main members of the Suicide Squad aren't the only characters we'll come into contact with throughout Kill the Justice League. Amanda Waller, director of A.R.G.U.S., will be in place to run the Suicide Squad program, while genius inventor Gizmo appears to be in place to help supply the squad with new gadgets and improved weapons.
There is some question as to whether Wonder Woman will be foe or reluctant friend, but given that Diana Prince can be see in the Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League trailers both fighting Superman and whipping the Lasso of Truth around Captain Boomerang, it'll probably be a little of column A and a lot of column B.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League villains
In the wider Arkhamverse, The Justice League is an already established entity. Before the Batman: Arkham Knight incident, its roster was made up of: Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Following the (and apologies for the seven-year-old game spoiler here) supposed death of Bruce Wayne, The Justice League is made up of just four heroes – three of which are confirmed Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League villains. Sadly, there's no indication that the likes of Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, or Green Arrow are a part of the Arkhamverse Justice League.
Naturally, Braniac will be the key villain in the game, using his powers of telepathy and possession to control members of The Justice League to destroy Metropolis. Brainiac appears to have the strongest grip over Superman, although Flash and Green Lantern do appear to have some sentience. Wonder Woman's affiliation is yet to be confirmed. Additionally, we have a confirmed sighting of the Penguin, but it's likely Oswald Cobblepot will be the butt of a few jokes while the squad is recruited from Arkham Asylum, rather than a villain with any skin in the game.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League analysis
Josh West has spent too much of his life thinking about the best Batman stories and the best Batman games, and has funnelled that love into the Batman: Arkham games over the years. Now, as Rocksteady prepares to leave Gotham behind for Metropolis, GamesRadar's UK Managing Editor offers his analysis and reaction to Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has the potential to be one of the biggest games of 2023. It'll have been eight long years since Batman: Arkham Knight by the time Suicide Squad is out there in the world, and we need an action-adventure game from Rocksteady now more than ever before. The studio's absence has been palpable.
2023 looks like it could be transformative for big-budget co-op games – Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Redfall, and Wild Hearts are just the beginning of what will surely be a key trend for the year in gaming. But there's a certain quality to what I've seen of Kill the Justice League so far that sets it apart from the competition. I don't know whether it's because of the possibilities presented by the playable roster, the Sunset Overdrive-style playfulness to tone and traversal, or the wonderfully wild use of the DC license that Rocksteady has been able to secure, but I just can not take my eyes off of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
There's still a lot that Rocksteady needs to show ahead of the game's release, and I'm keen to play a build to see how combat has matured and evolved beyond the Batman: Arkham games, but right now Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is among my most anticipated upcoming games of 2023.
Is Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League in the Arkhamverse?
Rocksteady has confirmed that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is a part of the Arkhamverse. That means that Suicide Squad is set in the same universe as Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), Batman: Arkham City (2011), and Batman: Arkham Knight (2015). Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is a sequel to Arkham Knight, set months after the supposed death of Bruce Wayne – so don't expect to see Batman in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
This isn't the first time the Batman: Arkham games have shown the Suicide Squad. The taskforce of DC super villains was actually established in a post-credits scene of WB Games Montreal's Batman: Arkham Origins (2013). In it, we see Amanda Waller recruiting Deathstroke to join the squad, while in Armature Studio's 3DS effort Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (2013), Deadshot and Bronze Tiger link up with Task Force X – with Bane said to be under consideration. Rocksteady is yet to confirm whether Deathstroke, Bronze Tiger, and Bane are alive or dead in the Arkhamverse.
Here's a fun piece of trivia for you: Captain Boomerang and King Shark are actually supposed to be already dead in the Arkhamverse. This universe extends far beyond the Batman: Arkham video games, encompassing animated movies and comic books that are supposedly canon. Captain Boomerang was executed by Deadshot in Batman Arkham Knight #8, Volume 1 after an attempt to assassinate Bruce Wayne goes horribly wrong; while Killer Shark had the bomb implanted in his neck detonated by Amanda Waller, killing him instantly, as part of the Batman: Assault on Arkham film.