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What we already know about Batman: Arkham Asylum 2

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That was fast. Less than four months after the release of Batman: Arkham Asylum – aka, the greatest superhero game ever made – a sequel has been officially announced. Even more exciting? The news came packaged with a surprisingly dense teaser trailer, meaning that rampant speculation and freeze-frame detective work can already begin.

Who are the villains? Where’s the setting? What’s the story? Clues to each of these questions are included in the video… you just need to know when to look. Watch below, then keep scrolling for our in-depth, secret-spilling analysis. And if you’ve got a theory of your own, make sure to let us know in the comments.

 





THE VILLAINS


Damn we’re good. Back in September, we posted a feature predicting which of Batman’s villains would most likely make an appearance in Arkham Asylum 2. Now, nearly all of them have been either confirmed by – or strongly hinted at – in the sequel’s official trailer. For example…

THE JOKER

At the time, we said, “Batman has fought his arch nemesis a thousand times already, and there’s no reason their perverted power struggle couldn’t continue in a second entry… If you think repeating bosses is a stupid idea, let us introduce you to Mr. Ganon and Mr. Bowser.”

Sure enough, Joker and Harley Quinn are the only baddies we actually glimpse here. Actor Mark Hamill has even been brought back to provide the video’s only voice work: a trademark laugh and an unexpected cough.

What’s wrong with the Clown Prince? Study his appearance closely and you’ll notice that, in addition to the nasty hack, he’s also suffering from a missing tooth, sunken eyes, bubbling hives, varicose veins and the wrinkles of a 60 year-old chain smoker. Plus, his fancy suit is in patched tatters and his arm is attached to a blood bag from Gotham General Hospital.

Clearly, the poor guy is still withdrawing from his self-inflicted overdose of Titan serum at the end of the first game. Which means that, a) the sequel takes place shortly after the original, b) The Joker is feeling pretty bitter but c) he’s too weak to bother Batman all by himself. Cue the supporting cast…

TWO-FACE 

We predicted, “Harvey Dent is always second. Once the Joker’s been checked off, there is no villain that fans clamor for more than the coin-tosser with dual personalities. Two-Face is simply too iconic, too important and too intrinsic not to include.”

Check out this poster image from Arkham Asylum 2’s official website. The costume may be Uncle Sam’s, but the individual in disguise is – without a doubt – Harvey Dent. One half of the suit is darker and dustier than the other. One side of the hat is damaged. One hand is not only scarred, but holding a very Two-Face-esque pistol. And although the face has been symbolically torn away, you can see that half of it is pinker than the other.

Now compare the poster to propaganda scattered about the first game. Like we said… no doubt. Two-Face is in.



PENGUIN 

We predicted, “In a supporting role, the Penguin would rule. Perhaps you’ll visit the villain to extract information, or blackmail him into assisting you take down a more dangerous foe. Whatever the reason, we’d kill to visit his Iceberg Lounge, so prominently advertised in the first game.”

And what’s this? The Iceberg Lounge in all its unmistakable glory! 



The Penguin’s nightclub has obviously been through better days. While normally a glitzy and glamorous hotspot for rich Gotham socialites, the Lounge’s windows are now broken and boarded up. Blackgate prisoners have overrun the place, leading us to believe that it is a part of the new Arkham and that Batman will definitely be paying a visit. The Penguin is a posh businessman and not a deranged madman, though, so we’ll be interested to find out if he still resides within. He might remain out of loyalty… or because he’s trapped by the real lunatics.

CATWOMAN

Our earlier prediction: “We don’t have any solid evidence that Catwoman could appear in a Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. We do have solid evidence, however, that the games industry will do anything within its power to showcase a sexy female character in as ridiculously revealing a costume as possible.”

We still don’t have any solid evidence of Catwoman, but we do have a tantalizingly tiny clue. As the trailer’s camera passes by the Iceberg Lounge, watch the upper right corner very carefully. Notice the fire escape? Notice what just jumped onto that fire escape?

A black cat. Sure, could be a coincidence. Or, knowing how much attention the developers at Rocksteady pay to detail… not.

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67 comments

  • DoubleD - June 25, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    i cant believe no-one noticed this before.... in the video at about 1:30 theres a sign above the ride that says sionis....maybe reffering to the black mask(real name Roman Sionis)
  • Spartan11794 - April 1, 2010 6:53 a.m.

    now the official site is rubbing dent in our faces
  • dietaryraptor - January 16, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    I read Batman's NML. And it was a great book. Most of the villians that are in this article are in the book. I believe without a doubt that it takes place in NML. If it does takes place in NML that means no Batmobile due to the destroied streets and no Batboat due to the mines in the river. But still I can't wait to play this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • MacFromMCP - December 29, 2009 5:08 a.m.

    Man I can not wait for this games release I just hope that it isnt ruined by being a sandbox style game I hope you guys were right (and knowing you, you are)about the carnival thing it would be cool if you were running round a creepy amusment park kicking bad guy butt on a roller coaster
  • MacFromMCP - December 28, 2009 4:03 a.m.

    this game will be awsome i hope its even better than the first game (which I thought was awsome) I hope that if catwoman is in it its not the haley barey version that movie sucked ass lol
  • CountZero - December 23, 2009 3:45 p.m.

    This game is gonna be great, that much is certain. I just hope they don't ruin Catwoman by spending more time on her tits than on the rest of her character combined.
  • bron1417 - December 23, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    i still have to play arkham asylum but if all this is true (knowing you guys it most likely is) then i cant wait for this game.
  • vegastwan - December 21, 2009 2:40 a.m.

    ok like someone said in one of these comments if you listen closely to the end of the video when the batlogo cracks you hear whispering and i tryed it and i did... now if you compare that to the voice of the scarecrow in number 1... pretty simalar. i just hope they dont put all of these enemys into one game... hope they exspand it into part 3 4 so on. it could be possible we might come across alot of enemys in the game but dont get the chance to truly see them until parts 3 4 etc....
  • karsanchaudhary - December 20, 2009 3:21 p.m.

    ohh! they forgot clay face: FIRST APPERRED IN ARKHAM 1: who was changing into various other game characters, while asking to be let out of his prison cell before batman free's commissioner gordon. CAN BE SEEN IN THE TEASER: (43 seconds) his face on the back of the roller cart.
  • matt588 - December 20, 2009 5:57 a.m.

    does it seem like someone is whispering something just after the batman logo cracks? ps. ordinarily I try to resist recaptcha but this one seems creepliy relevent: jailors to
  • BFMVfan15 - December 19, 2009 5:40 a.m.

    im so ready for this game to come out. I loved the first one.
  • dante1924 - December 18, 2009 11:51 p.m.

    Sorry for yet another prediction folks, but in the first game, Joker said he planted bombs all around the city, and that's why nobody could go to the asylum. Batman said he was lying, but what if bombs really were planted, and disappointed that his titan plan didn't work, Joker got two-face rob the bank, and while batman and gordon were distracted, BOOM! This was his backup plan I previously mentioned. It would certainly explain the explosion in front of him in the trailer! Rocksteady must go to gamesradar while bored. There is almost no possible way that all of these predictions are correct by pure chance!
  • sexyman500 - December 18, 2009 1:25 p.m.

    guess I'll never know the answer to the mysterious jacket *sigh*
  • GiverofSleep - December 18, 2009 1 p.m.

    surely the greatest detective of all time is Nancy Drew?
  • IGiveUFunkButt - December 18, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    Please, God of games, let all of these predictions be true!
  • ComradeKhani - December 18, 2009 3:04 a.m.

    Ivy's plants from the first game could play a role in the earthquake theory. Say Batman missed a few plants; they start spreading, get to the city, cause a massive earthquake, and voila: No Man's Land
  • loganb4295 - December 17, 2009 11:14 p.m.

    It's definitely no man's land except bended a little. i dont really care what batman story it is as long as its as good or better than the first. you've done good rocksteady. don't let us down.
  • ComicJ27 - December 17, 2009 10:22 p.m.

    What I gathered from "Arkham has moved" is that there was the earthquake mentioned. That maybe how the Joker escapes again but I think it takes place a while after the original only because it looks like they built the Arkham gate around Gotham, as a quarantine for everyone who escaped. Just a thought.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - December 17, 2009 10:06 p.m.

    @Sergesauce024 Did you read the second page of the article? I devoted three paragraphs to Black Mask and the SIONIS sign... @WrathLord03 I mentioned the Two-Face audio clip in my previous speculation feature, "Which villains will appear in Arkham Asylum 2?" Although I'm pretty sure this sequel will take place shortly after the first game, I don't think it will take place within minutes... more like several weeks or months.
  • sexyman500 - December 17, 2009 8:27 a.m.

    so the jacket means nothing?

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