‘Batman Arkham Origins’ Villain Trailer Introduces Female Copperhead

Published 1 year ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 5:28 pm,

Copperhead may not have made it onto our wishlist of villains for Batman: Arkham Origins, but this slippery character has certainly made it into the game, as one of the seven assassins hired by Black Mask to fight it out for the prize of a £50,000 bounty. Their task is simple: they kill the Batman.

Of course, it’s never truly that simple, even if Batman is technically supposed be slightly more inexperienced than he was in the two games developed by Rocksteady Games, since this is a sequel. When Game Rant previewed Batman: Arkham Origins at E3, we found that if anything he actually has a few more gadgets to play around with in Gotham than he had in Arkham City or Arkham Asylum, which is why this new cinematic trailer showing Batman facing off against Copperhead gives us hope that the assassins are going to present a challenge.

Based on this footage, it looks like Copperhead is going to be a considerably tricky foe to deal with. There’s little worse than enemies who move impossibly fast and who can poison you if they get close enough, but Copperhead will at least make a nice change from boss fights with slow, hulking bad guys who telegraph all their moves well in advance. Newsarama, reporting from the SDCC Batman: Arkham Origins panel, revealed that it actually took three motion capture subjects to piece together all the movements for Copperhead: a stunt woman, a martial artist and a performer from the Cirque du Soleil.

The character is best known as a contortionist, which is why she is able to escape from handcuffs and easily evade the Bat, and in this sense some of her movements are similar in style to those of Catwoman in the previous games. She also has a forked tongue and “claws” with poison tips, which emphasize the snakelike aspects of her character. In the comics Copperhead was eventually transformed into a snake-man hybrid when he sold his soul to the demon Neron, but in Batman: Arkham Origins it looks like the character may have just indulged in some body modification and clever costuming to match her theme.

Female Copperhead in Batman Arkham Origins

Copperhead was a male character in the original DC comics, and there is a wink to this in the trailer, but is being rebooted as female (it’s possible that female Copperhead is a twin, alternate universe version or copycat) for Batman: Arkham Origins and also in the New 52 line of comics. No offence intended towards Copperhead’s original outfit – he really rocked that snake-shaped hood – but this new character design is pretty fantastic.

OK, so Copperhead has apparently seen Catwoman running around with her top unzipped to her navel and figured that it was a good look, but her tattoos, hair and mask give her a pretty threatening appearance that’s reminiscent of Pris from Blade Runner. She also wears only foot wraps, with the front halves of her feet exposes, presumably in order to use her toes for a better grip when climbing, running or fighting. Since she has no dialogue in this trailer, however, we’ll have to wait and see how good the writing for her character, provided by new developers Warner Bros. Games Montreal, turns out.

Do you like the look of the new Copperhead, or are you upset by the gender-swap?

Batman: Arkham Origins will be available on Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC October 25, 2013.

TAGS: Batman, Batman Arkham Origins, PC, PS3, Warner Bros. Interactive, Xbox 360

  • polokem

    So Catwoman-copy. God, how original. It was certainly worth ditching the storyline at the end of AC with Azrael and Hush.

    • polokem

      for this.

    • ATG

      They didn’t ditch anything, a different WB studio is working on this one while Rocksteady is, presumably, working on a next-gen Batman Arkham game to end the trilogy with a bang. If this is a Catwoman copy, then what’s Nightwing to Batman?

  • andoh

    I actully think she looks pretty cool so I think ill get use to it ,plus she looks kinda of hot so what the hell :) lol

  • The Dark Knight

    Any idea when the collectors edition that leaked will be available for pre-order ?

  • FemmeFatale’d

    Welp, since I can’t imagine ever fighting back against that character, I guess I’m never beating this game. She can be my assassin every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

  • Chase Breaux

    Lovin it

  • Dustin

    I’m all for it. Old Copperhead was stale, boring, and kind of a joke. This one seems like something that could become a legit villain in future storylines, now that DC plans to use her in the New 52. They need more quality female characters anyway.

  • webberft

    I guess some say she looks like a catwomen clone but to me she looks a lot different. The cat is more human like batman, but copperhead seems much faster and more deadly. I like it.