our time within the confines of Arkham City, but one thing has really bothered
us: Batman can order up all sorts of new gadgets and upgrades by remote, but he
never changes out of that one Batsuit, no matter how much of a beating he
takes. Rocksteady even seemed prepared to counter this by putting seven alternate
outfits into the game (even though you can’t wear them until you start a New
Game+). The choices were fairly obvious fan-favorites, but they provided a good
glimpse at the Dark Knight’s ever-expanding cowl closet. That said, the
alternate outfits in Arkham City barely scratch the surface of the dozens of
variations Batman’s costume has seen over the years. (And yeah, we're aware modders have already picked up the slack on the
PC front, but their palette-swapping efforts don't help console gamers
With that in
mind, we took a look at more than 70 years of Batman stories to see if there
were any notable gems Rocksteady forgot about. From alternate histories to
parallel worlds, these are the Batsuits we’d like to see in Arkham City.
1. Green/White/Black Lantern Batman
already a Sinestro Corps outfit available for the unlucky owners of Green
Lantern on Blu-ray, which makes it even more baffling that Batman’s brief
moments as a Green, White and Black Lantern have been excluded from the game. Seeing
as he spent roughly the same amount of time with each faction in the comics,
there’s no obvious reason why the Yellow Lantern outfit made the initial cut
over the others. Especially when you consider all it would take is a simple
could be said that Batman does most fit in with the Sinestro Corps’ mentality
of being able to instill great fear, there is nothing more terrifying than a
zombie Batman. Well, other than a Joel Schumacher Batman.
2. Movie Batman
been a better Batman than George Clooney? Yes. Yes there has. Both Michael
Keaton and Christian Bale have carved out their own corners when it comes to
memorable portrayals of the Dark Knight, and it would be awesome to get to don
the costumes from the iconic films Batman (1989) and Batman Begins. What
Rocksteady did for Batman’s popularity when it comes to gaming, the Tim Burton
and Christopher Nolan films have done when it comes to the movie-going public.
outfit, all black save for the classic yellow symbol, was the first perfect
representation of what Batman’s suit would look like in real life. While Bale’s
may be more practical and better thought-out, it’s just as stylish and sleek,
and both uniforms would translate well to the world of Rocksteady’s Batman.
Who am the
world’s worst detective? Batzarro! Like Superman’s imperfect clone/parallel-world
counterpart Bizarro, Batzarro is the opposite of Batman in every respect.
Batzarro killed his own parents, and unlike our Earth’s quiet and contemplative
Bruce Wayne, Batzarro never stops talking. His costume is reversed as well, and
features a cowl with no eyes, a utility belt worn upside-down with pockets
open, and in true Bizarro World fashion, an inverted Bat-symbol on his chest.
It would be
even more interesting if Rocksteady also forced you to use the tools of
Batzarro’s trade instead of the traditional Batman accoutrements. Then again, having
a big chain as your primary weapon might make the game as frustrating as trying
to hold a conversation with someone who am not coming from a place where they
all don’t talk like this.
4. Cossack Batman
when Superman’s rocket from Krypton arrives on Earth twelve hours earlier? You
get Red Son, the Elesworlds story where Kal-El is raised in Soviet Russia, and
grows up to bring the ideals of Stalin to the world. You also get the Cold War
version of a Russian Batman, or as we’ve come to know him: Batmanski. More
practically attired than most other Batmen on this list, Red Son Batman works
in an outfit fashioned from military attire of the time. The Bat-symbol and
cape are still present, as you’ve got to have some style when trying to inspire revolution against the state.
honest, though: The real reason we
want Red Son Batman in Arkham City is because of the hat. When you drop down into
a dark alley in the middle of Gotham, nothing says “badass” like a fuzzy ushanka.