‘Batman: Arkham City’ New Villain Reveal Coming Soon [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 15th, 2011 at 11:03 pm,

Batman Arkham City New Villain Reveal

Amidst what seems to be an unending stream of Batman: Arkham City news, details, and character reveals, it seems that Rocksteady still has at least one villain that remains a secret known only to the developers. But not for long, as fact-hungry fans have less than a week to wait before the shroud of secrecy is lifted, and Batman’s opposing force increases its rank by one. But how this fits into the overall story and previously rumored features is open for speculation, and we’ve got more than a few theories.

[Rocksteady has unveiled the newest villain, and some of you may be surprised with their choice. Check it out here!]

If there’s one superhero who is defined as much by his enemies as his own methods of crime-fighting, it has to be Batman. And with Arkham City, most if not all of the most beloved villains are on hand to appear. The Dark Knight is set to face off against the Riddler’s devious challenge rooms, take on the new alliance between Penguin and Solomon Grundy, and avoid being frozen to death by Mr. Freeze.

But the developers clearly still have a few more opponents to reveal. GameTrailers is now promoting their September 15 episode with Rocksteady by teasing not just more details on the gadgets of Arkham City, but the reveal of a brand new villain.

No more details are given, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any ideas on what member of Batman’s rogues gallery is likely to be announced. While most of the caped crusader’s foes have already shown up in either Arkham Asylum or promotional material for the sequel, there’s still plenty to choose from. Considering the earlier slip when the developers revealed a fourth playable character yet to be announced, an appearance by the Red Hood would offer yet another unique character with which to tackle the game’s Challenge Modes.

However, the presence of Jason Todd within the greater story of Arkham City may be too much plot for one game to handle, so a more classic villain is probably a better prediction. Sure, we’d all love to see a surprise appearance by Calendar Man or Bat-Mite, but given the tone and known story beats of Arkham City, those may not be the most likely either.

The new game’s story is one of a vast criminal conspiracy; several foes of Batman being forced together in a devious plan masterminded by Dr. Hugo Strange. Strange not only holds the position of Arkham Asylum’s new warden, but is also aware of Bruce Wayne’s secret alter ego. Whenever we hear ‘conspiracy’ and ‘Batman’ in the same sentence our minds immediately recall Hush, the bandaged surgeon who was once Bruce Wayne’s best childhood friend. And while we’d love to see Tommy Elliot whispering his sinister verse in Rocksteady’s newest title, we’re betting our money on another evil genius.

Batman Arkham City Ras Al Ghul

Yes, we’re going to count on Ra’s al Ghul himself being revealed as the next villain for Arkham City, and have more than one compelling reason. When ‘The Demon’s Head’ was found lying on a slab in Arkham’s morgue in the first game, then mysteriously disappeared, fans immediately predicted that we hadn’t seen the last of the master assassin. When his daughter Talia was confirmed to appear in the game, those suspicions gained plenty of steam.

The romantic history between Catwoman, Talia and Batman is complicated to say the least, and could run the risk of straying a little too far away from the standards set with Arkham Asylum. But if Ra’s al Ghul is a major villain, then the appearance of Talia makes much more sense. We may just be grasping at straws, but a version of Ra’s formed by Rocksteady is something we’d love to see become a reality.

What do you think of our theories? Do you have your own expectations or hopes on what villain will be revealed on September 15? Leave us your own thoughts in the comments.

Batman: Arkham City will be bringing a full cast of villains when it’s released on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 18, 2011.

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Source: GameTrailers

TAGS: Batman, Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City, PC, PS3, Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive

  • gabewind6

    hush hush hush

    • TempleFugate

      Looks like it’s Black Mask, “Challenge Mode: Black Mask Hideout”

  • Ace

    Wasn’t Calender Man confirmed in the Achievment list?

    Ra’s would be great, he actually was who I thought might be the “Big bad” in the third game. But Ra’s would bring in the league of shadows. Which would be a welcome change of pace from the brutes Batman faced in Asylum, and what we’ve seen thus far from AC.

    Zsasz wouldn’t be a bad addition. I feel like they’ll bring new side missions in addition to the Riddler stuff. Zsasz would bring a new detective side story of following his gruesome murders. And trying to track him down to stop him maybe, idk.

    • Ken J

      Calendar man would be the worst villain ever, lol.

      • Ace

        Haha, it’s like a side thing. There was a similar mechanic in Asylum I believe. This is the achievement.

        Story Teller – 10
        Have 12 murderous dates with Calendar Man

        Like Asylum if you play the game on certain holidays there will be some kind of fleshed out gameplay it seems with Calender Man. Obviously no one wants him as one of the bigger villains 😀

  • jwalka

    redhood would be pretty awesome, playing as him would be even better 😀

  • ATG

    Sept 15, my birthday.

  • JEF

    on imdb you can see the voices and black mask is on the list to so i quese that black mask is in the game too

  • Ignur Rant

    Black Mask because he has not been officially annpunced thougj highly speculated.


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  • http://aol.com Allen

    i would like to see ra’s al ghul appear, but i think after playing Batman Dark Tomorrow this will be a challenge for rocksteady considering how he appeared and was featured at the main focus in that game(if anyone has played it). If anything I think they would put him at the top of responsibility for all of the happenings in Arkham Asylum and the new Arkham city. It seems to be the MO of such a famed Batman foe.

  • Tyler

    I think that they should save ra’s for the third game because he would be much better as a main villain. Fighting his assasins would be very epic but like i said he should be held off until the third game.Black mask would be great to see,Hush would be cool. In arkham asylum you get a quick look at clayface but only because he is disguised as the warden i think they should bring him into arkham city.

    • http://gamerant.com/author/dyce/ Andrew Dyce

      I have to agree that Ra’s probably does deserve his own game, since he really is the greatest enemy Batman has been faced with. Definitely enough to be the biggest game for the third one.

      • jwalka

        hamill said this is his last batman game and thinks it should be as well (for the studio), BUT seeing as how that wont be the case, a batman game revolving around ras would be pretty sick – different setting(s), new enemy types, different art style for the different levels etc.

        • Xavier

          Mark Hamill has already stated that he WILL do more voice acting, nothing is definite. People need to get their facts straight.

  • Alexander Von Rethrix

    Ive had this weird feeling that the tyger troops are the league of assassins in disguise. Zsasz is the phone booth killer in the achievements and calender man was conformed in the achievements as well.

  • onida

    I reeeeeaaaaly would like to see what crazy stuff rocksteady could do with clayface.

    • brandon

      AGREE!!! Clayface would be a creepy addition (depending how they choose do use him) as well as a big time boss, I mean, you cant just go up and punch him, and he’s poisonous, that would be a great addition…

      It wouldn’t be a fight them kind of boss like Bane in the last one, it would be more of a problem solver trying to get him contained at the same time trying not to be seen/not to die…

      And besides, he was in AA, whos to say that he doesnt get out and decide to mess with batman in more ways then one?

      • TempleFugate

        I’ve posted this on the AC forum but I think these are good ideas as to why they should add “Clayface” (The cameo in Arkham Asylum was brilliant. I think Clayface would be a lot of fun if we were able to face him in a room full of statues or pin-up models and had to find him to fight him. Or perhaps he’s always on the hunt for you or vice versa and you can’t tell where he’ll show up since he can morph & disguise himself in the environment. He can suddenly morph, surprise, scare & attack you.

  • James

    I wish that they would bring back scarecrow. As unlikely as it may be, hes my favorite rogues gallery villain and favorite villain from arkham asylum. Maybe scarecrow could be working directly with strange and helping him with his experiments and plans

  • misterdobolina

    Calendar Man & Zsasz are already in. Clayface or Blackmask are the two I think we might get. Otherwise, we’ll know by Thursday.

  • Christian

    my money is on black mask. if you look at
    one of the gameplay trailers you can
    see his character being beat up by strange’s men. you see him around the 25 second mark . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V1ZF5cNYCs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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    • iDancethroughshadoWs

      no strike that. king tut.

  • Dex-Starr

    I see Ras as the villain in the inevitable 3rd game. Talia is probably in AC as a teaser to that. Black Mask is for sure in the game so I’d like to see something regarding him. My fingers are still crossed for a Clayace appearance.

  • TempleFugate

    Clayface would be awesome!

  • TempleFugate

    The Clock King would also be fun if time were used as a device like the Scarecrow missions. I think Clayface would be a lot of fun if we were to face him in a room full of statues or pin-up models and had to find him to fight him.

  • Ace

    So who is it?

    • TempleFugate