With Rocksteady capping off their Batman series with the critically-acclaimed Batman: Arkham Knight, fans are already looking to the future, excited to speculate about what the studio will tackle next. Many assume that the folks at Rocksteady will be making another superhero game, such as a game based on the Justice League.
Rocksteady themselves have heavily hinted at a larger DC universe within Batman: Arkham Knight, perhaps more so than in any of the previous Batman: Arkham games. The tricky part would be doing the Justice League, well, justice, but the reason many fans want to see Rocksteady tackle this challenge is because they believe that the talented studio is one of the few that could pull it off. Now the legendary voice actor of Batman in numerous cartoons and video games, including the Arkham series, Kevin Conroy, has also voiced his enthusiasm for a Justice League video game from Rocksteady.
When asked by IGN as to whether or not he would be interested in reprising his role as Batman in a Justice League video game, Conroy said, “Oh yeah! Absolutely. I would love to do that. It’s really hard to record games and very hard to create them, but the result is so rewarding that it makes it worthwhile at the end.”
Conroy also expressed his interest in a new Batman: Arkham game in general. “I understand it’s the third part of the trilogy and it’s the end of the arc, but I hope they can figure out some way to translate it into something else. I don’t know how they could, though, because the end is so frightening.”
Rocksteady themselves are largely responsible for all the speculation about their next project, as they have stuffed Batman: Arkham Knight to the brim with references to other superheroes and villains. For example, a voice message on Bruce Wayne’s answering machine at Wayne Towers is from none other than Lex Luthor, and the recently released Batgirl: A Matter of Family DLC includes a cameo of the infamous original Justice League villain Starro hidden in an aquarium tube.
Another possibility is that Rocksteady will focus on another solo DC superhero adventure next and build up to a Justice League game. After all, Batman: Arkham Knight references Superman more than any hero not named Batman, and a leaked screenshot seems to indicate that some studio, not necessarily Rocksteady, is working on an unannounced Superman video game already.
Whatever the case may be, the massive success of Batman: Arkham Knight, which allowed it to become the best-selling game of June, and the fanfare behind it all, means it is unlikely that Warner Bros. will simply walk away from the prospect of building a DC video game universe.
Perhaps what’s most interesting about this is that this approach somewhat mirrors how the DC animated universe got started. It began with Batman: The Animated Series, was followed up with Superman: The Animated Series, and then finished with Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. It will be interesting to see if the the potential video game universe follows a similar path.
With Kevin Conroy himself wanting to see a video game based on the Justice League, it certainly lends the idea more credibility. Rocksteady has filled Batman: Arkham Knight and its DLC with hints at a larger DC Universe, and it would be a shame if this video game DCU wasn’t explored, either by Rocksteady or another studio.
Batman: Arkham Knight is currently available for PS4 and Xbox One, with sales of the PC version suspended for the time being.