The list of villains in Batman: Arkham City is a long one. There are some familiar faces and some new ones, and with a gathering this size, some kind of party is in order. A Wonderland style tea party would suffice, but who would handle such an affair? How about the Mad Hatter?

The latest episode of PlayStation Network‘s Qore has inadvertently revealed that Mad Hatter could be amongst the already-large cast in Arkham City. That’s not all either, as the segment also shows Poison Ivy — returning from the previous game — tangling with Catwoman, someone that looks like Mr. Freeze being tortured in a warm environment, and an actual look at Calendar Man in his cell. Switch on your detective vision and take a look at some stills from the segment posted below.

Our apologies for the watermarks on the images, but these are screenshots taken from a video of the segment which has been posted to YouTube. In fact, the still image of Mad Hatter shown above was originally pointed out in a thread on NeoGAF. If you would like to hear Veronica Belmont’s full narration and the interview with Sefton Hill, Game Director at Rocksteady Studios, watch the video below the gallery

Though we should emphasize that the video could be taken down as soon as Sony realizes that it’s up. So watch it quick before someone notices. Alternatively, some of you out there may have a PS3 handy and can download the latest episode to take a look for yourselves.

Whether you’re planning on dealing with Arkham City‘s criminal element as Batman or the deadlier-than-ever Robin, you clearly won’t be lacking any opponents:

Mad Hatter is an interesting addition to the cast of the game particularly because of his use of mind control. However, he doesn’t use hypnotism like Dr. Hugo Strange does, and instead relies on technological devices in order to control people. Usually this feeds directly into his Alice in Wonderland obsession as he attempts to recreate the story in reality. Considering these facts, perhaps Mad Hatter is a replacement for the Scarecrow, as we already know that Dr. Crane will not be joining us in the franchise’s next installment. Moreover, his inclusion illuminates a potential struggle between himself and Hugo Strange for control of the criminal minds within the walls of Arkham City.

What say you Ranters, do you think that Mad Hatter will be at odds with Hugo Strange? Who’s torturing Mr. Freeze? Do you think that Mad Hatter will be a suitable replacement for Scarecrow? Are you getting a BioShock vibe from the look of the Hatter’s henchmen? What business does Poison Ivy have with Catwoman? Can Batman handle this many love triangles in one game?Let us know in the comments below!

Batman: Arkham City will be released October 18th, 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The PC version is slated for November, and a version for OnLive has also been announced.

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Source: NeoGAF

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