We don’t want to hurl any disparaging remarks at the dark knight, but the sheer number of villains and assassins set to appear in Batman: Arkham Origins, the caped crusader can’t be too effective at removing Gotham City’s criminal element. Then again, the game is only set in the second year of Bruce Wayne’s crimefighting career. So perhaps the ever-growing roster is a sign that the developers at WB Games Montreal have chosen the right setting.
With that in mind, fans of the Batman comics and prior Arkham games will be glad to hear that thanks to the official game soundtrack, Killer Croc is once again confirmed to appear, with a strong hint that Magpie may also cameo. How the new (old?) takes will differ from previous version remains to be seen, but Batman’s going to have his hands full.
The apparent confirmation of the characters comes courtesy of the Arkham Origins official soundtrack. With the song titles referencing specific confirmed villains – be they Joker, Deathstroke, Mad Hatter, Firefly, or others – two tracks stand out: “Killer Croc” and “The Thieving Magpie.” (Note: “The Thieving Magpie” is a pre-existing song – but given that it’s based and named on the same bird as the classic Batman villain, we’d say it’s a safe bet).
The former track listing confirms that Killer Croc will be making a return to the series, having previously been featured in the original Batman: Arkham Asylum as a boss, and as a small cameo in Arkham City. Since the events of Arkham Origins take place years before either of those titles, the art team may decide to show a new take on Waylon “Killer Croc” Jones – perhaps one before the skin disease and hyper-aggressive tendencies turned him from man into beast (completely, anyway).
Joining Killer Croc is long-time Batman comic nuisance Magpie: a kleptomaniac known for outrageous hairstyles and an eye for nicking priceless artifacts. The character most recently appeared in the WB animated series Beware The Batman, so fans might expect to see WB Games create a similar version than the comic book source material.
Whatever the case, the developers have already proven particularly skilled at designing – or re-imagining – villains for the Arkham universe. Case in point: Copperhead, re-imagined as an acrobatic woman so original, DC Comics will be bringing the video game creation to the pages of their own books. We don’t know if the same awaits Magpie, but there’s reason to hope.
It’s also possible that Magpie could be re-imagined as one of the 8 assassins out for Batman’s life, since WB Games has yet to clarify exactly which of their villains will qualify as ‘assassins,’ not simple troublemakers. But with her related piece of music referring to her as “thieving,” we’ll guess that Magpie will only appear as a crafty burglar, not a hired killer.
Are you looking forward to seeing either of these characters transplanted into the early days of the Arkhamverse? Does it give you hope of seeing other villains pop up in the campaign? Give us your thoughts in the comments.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available on PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360 on October 25, 2013.
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