Place your bats: Who is the Arkham Knight?

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Bat-mystery

The Arkham Knight! A foe that can match the Batman both physically and mentally! A menace equipped with his own army, gadgets and an axe to grind against the dark knight. The Arkham Knight is a brand-new foe, with an identity that is somehow tied into the events of the previous Arkham games. But who’s really hiding underneath that mask? We’ve got a list of the usual suspects, and we’re taking all the bets we can before the cops shut us down.

Jason Todd

Jason Todd

This is the most obvious name being thrown around. The Arkhamverse is already home to Nightwing, the original Robin, as well as the Tim Drake version of that sidekick. Which means that at one point, there must have been a Jason Todd Robin operating as well. In the comics, Todd played a game of skull vs crowbar with the Joker, and lost. Badly. But he got better, thanks to Superboy Prime punching reality so hard that it retconned his death.

Pissed off that the Joker was still alive, Todd set out on a journey of his own, bankrolled by Talia Al Ghul and becoming a more lethal vigilante. He’s got the skills to pay the bills, the necessary motivation and he knows how the Batman operates, making him a likely candidate for the nemesis position. He also happens to be in the game, as challenge map character operating in his Red Hood guise.

And honestly, I’m going to be disappointed if Todd isn’t the Arkham Knight, as this is the perfect game for him to make his presence felt.

Odds: 10-1

Talia Al Ghul

Talia

Of course, Talia Al Ghul also has plenty of reason to hate the Dark Knight. A former romantic flame of the Dark Knight, she’s been betrayed by Batman and watched her father die in the Arkham City prison. Hell, Geoff once stole my lunch out of the fridge which led to me swearing vengeance on his ass, so at least Talia has the necessary motivation.

She’s also been alive for far longer than she ought to, thanks to the Lazarus pits which extended her lifespan, so she has decades worth of skills thanks to training from her father. Combined with the League Of Assassins resources and army, and Talia could be an even bigger threat than her father ever was. And hell has no fury like a woman scorned, as the old adage goes.

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Odds: 20-1

Damian Wayne

Damian Wayne

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom between Bruce Wayne and Talia. The two were destined for one another, with Rha’s Al Ghul believing that Wayne could replace him as the head of the League Of Assassins and bring balance to the world. And before they split, they got biz-zay. Batman does have a biological son with Talia, by the name of Damian.

A son who has been taught to fight, kill and conquer from the moment he was born. Damian is caught in a conflict between nature vs nurture, as his current run as Robin has led to Batman having to find a way to temper his bloodlust. He’s also an insufferable little prat in the comics, a ten year old terror who fight like a demon and has no issues with killing anyone who stands in his way.

And for a video game, you can imagine some sort of excuse being used to suggest that his age has been sped up, leading to him assuming the guise of the Arkham Knight. All the pieces fit quite well then. The attitude, the arrogance, the resources and the motivation to prove himself superior to his father, could result in a very deadly foe.

Odds: 25-1

Batman

Zur En Arrh Batman

Wait, what? Let’s face the facts here: Anyone who dresses like a giant flying rat mammal and punches crime in the face on a nightly basis, isn’t exactly right in the head. And after years of activity, culminating in a horrific night wherein the Joker perishes and the Batman himself narrowly avoids death yet again, you could imagine that something is going to break.

After all, what better way to punish yourself, than with your own demons? Batman has been running on hate, tragedy and determination for way too long now, having been exposed to fear gases, and mind-bending from a range of foes. And with Scarecrow leading the Gotham underworld, perhaps one more dose of that gas could push him too far, as he imagines his worst possible enemy assaulting him and his beloved city.

Odds: 100-1

Anarky

Anarky

Chaos, confusion and freedom. Just a few of the tenets that the self-styled criminal mastermind Anarky believes in. In the Arkhamverse, he’s a much younger radical, who has gathered the disenchanted masses of Gotham under his twisted vision, leading Batman to have to race against the clock to stop his terror spree. Since Arkham Origins, Anarchy has had plenty of time to re-train and re-dedicate himself to his missions. And what better form of anarchy is there, than a city caught in the middle of a massive criminal uprising?

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Odds: 250-1

Azrael

Azrael

What happens when you indoctrinate a child from birth with post-hypnotic ass-kicking abilities, and hone those techniques for over two decades? You get the avenging angel, the sword of St Dumas, Azrael! A weapon from a secret order of knights who have existed for centuries, Azrael existed only to do the bidding of his secret order. Eventually breaking free from his programming, he became his person, even stepping in for Batman after Bane broke his back in the Knightfall saga.

Things went downhill however, as Azrael became more violent in his methods, developing a new Batsuit that was far more lethal and menacing to the criminal underworld. The OG Batman eventually recovered enough to reclaim his identity as the Batman, leaving Azrael to pursue a new life.

And Azrael has been spotted before, in Arkham City, albeit without all of that history baggage attached to him. You could find him in Arkham City, where he spouted cryptic messages that warned of an upcoming disaster. Could Azrael have been referring to himself all along?

Odds: 500-1

The Joker

Joker

Venom, good for what ails ya! What if the Joker didn’t die after the events of Arkham City? What if he had indeed survived, through some plot that involved the use of several MacGuffins, resurfacing as the Arkham Knight in order to torment ol’ Batsy once again? Hoo boy, now that’s a killing joke.

Odds: 1000-1

Bat-Mite

Bat Mite

Bah! You laughed at his baby-shaped body! You giggled at his terrible costume! You thought his crooked ears were a joke! Well Bat-Mite will show you! Bat-Mite will show everyone not to mess with the power of a fanboy 5th dimensional imp that can warp reality, as he becomes the villain that Gotham deserves!

Odds: 10 000 000 – 1

Alfred Pennyworth

Alfred

Remember kids, never trust the butler. The butler always did it.

Odds: 1 bajillion – 1

Darryn

Bat D

…Yeah, probably not.

Odds: There is no number high enough for these odds.

 

Last Updated: September 15, 2014

Darryn Bonthuys

Something wrong gentlemen? You come here prepared to read the words of a madman, and instead found a lunatic obsessed with comics, Batman and Raul Julia’s M Bison performance in the 1994 Street Fighter movie? Fine! Keep your bio! In fact, now might be a good time to pray to it!

  • Brady miaau

    What, no Batman from on alternate universe? I still like that

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I believe I’ve made my theory clear. Nice try as misdirection though, Darryn. If that’s your real name.

    • Kiss ass… Desperate for that comment of the week eh?

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        So ugly when he kisses ass…

      • JJ the Reus

        I don’t think desperation ends at comment of the week. Oh, all the people he’s killed to get what he wants.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          They had it coming. No one gets between me & my (whatever it is at the time that I want).

        • Indeed. The horror!

  • Why didn’t you use your own pic of Batman Darryn! It’s better than Keaton’s suit! 😉

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I’m sorry, what did you call me? ;P

    • I have edited the post, chum.

      • Well done boy!

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Ahhh, such class!

  • Macethy

    It’s going to be The Joker, there hasn’t been a Batman game where he wasn’t the main villain.

  • JJ the Reus

    I think it’s one of the Penguins that escaped from Cobblepot’s lair who was tired of just being a “thug”.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Joker

  • WarframedSquirrel

    It HAS to be Alfred!

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Superman…………………………………..

    • JJ the Reus

      Personally I think it’s Tony Stark. Heheh

      • WarframedSquirrel

        Ultimate Marvel DC cross over… Stark makes a Batman themed suit and goes and kicks Batman’s butt with it only to later get killed by Lobo.

        • JJ the Reus

          I’d buy that comic.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Dat last pic!

    HE IS THE NIGHT!

  • Vargas

    Prometheus seems like a good pick

  • Napoleon Solo

    I bet its The Wrath.

  • hairyknees

    Putting R5 on Alfred. PREPARE TO PAY ME 5 BAJILLION BUCKS SUCKA!

    • JJ the Reus

      With a bet that high people will know you’re serious.

      • Anon A Mouse

        It’s going to be the funding that he needs to build his cabbage empire.

  • Anon A Mouse

    It’s going to be RED HULK, having to live in Darryl’s room broke him.

    • JJ the Reus

      For all we know Darryn lives in HIS room and the Red Hulk is just the puppet master. I find it very odd how he always manages to get in the photos.

      • Anon A Mouse

        He does seem to be the brains in that operation.

  • JJ the Reus

    I don’t see why Darryn’s odds are so small. He’s definitely not going to beat Batman by using his hand-combat finesse, so firearms would be his approach of choice.

  • Rags

    Colin Webster.

    • JJ the Reus

      Nah, he seems more like the Malebolgia type.

  • Hammersteyn

    Damian, called it before and I’m sticking to it. I mean he is the son of Bruce and Talia.

  • Kikmi

    Ya’ll shoulda called spoilers re: Joker FYI

  • Kikmi

    Im in two minds, Tod seems the obvious answer but its never that simple in Arkham is it? i like the idea of Anarky or Azrael. Still though, maybe its Nightwing gone loco? *shrugs and drinks more rum*

  • Ryanza
  • Weanerdog

    Mmmm Alfred

  • Josh Aleman

    I think it’s either the son of Quincy Sharp or the grandson of the Pickney guy from arkham origins

  • Daniel Sahm

    To me that who was arkham knight it isn’t Alfred or Damian at first I thought that would be red hood talia al ghoul her boobs really fit an a suit maybe she’s a knight she fright like batman or cat woman azreal

  • Myles McElroy

    I think Arkham Knight is the Joker, or at the very least a sort of legacy to the Joker. I think the Joker is brought back to life by the League of Assassins using a Lazarus pit and trained somehow to become Arkham Knight (they might have even experimented on him to make him stronger). I think Arkham Knight being Jason Todd is just a little to obvious, but he is going to be in the game as a playable character so who knows. Rocksteady gave a lot of hints for this game at the end of Arkham City with the random thug’s dialogue as well as the hidden Scarecrow boat and messages. A lot of thugs did comment that the Joker never seems to die.

  • Rajat Maheshwari

    Prometheus, I think, if the character isn’t as original as Rocksteady says (though it probably is). They’ve been teasing him in Asylum and City, and he was made as the anti-Batman (even back-story). In City, it was revealed he was released after being cured. This either means Rocksteady ultimately decided not to include him, he’s showing up in Arkham Knight, or he is the Arkham Knight. I hope the second.

  • Nick

    Red Claw=-Hugo Strange-Hush

  • yuri massoxi

    I really think that the arkham knight is ra’s al gul rejuvenated.

  • samcarter305

    The arkham knight is “the heretic” the same person who killed damian wayne google him read the story line look at his costume it looks like a batman and armored knight hybrid armor like in the game this theory explains why every Robin has ben revealed except for damian wayne and explains everything from the combat to the military training and I need to be better than Batman and the want to kill Batman if you look at the story in the comic books death in the family 2 you can see why I believe this is the true identity of the Arkham Knight

  • Oliver

    I’m going to say dick grayson because we know Jason Todd , Tim drake, Barbra Gordon are in it so where is dick grayson, and don’t say challange packs because those have nothing to do with the story, he doesn’t have Jason’s hate, or Tim’s obedience but he has motivation, and can move undetected and to an extent enjoys chaos

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