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Batman: Arkham Shadow is an upcoming superhero/Virtual Reality video game based on the DC Comics Superhero, Batman, and is the eighth installment in the Batman: Arkham Series. It is being developed by Camoflaj, the developers of "Iron Man VR", for Warner Bros. Games and will be released in Fall 2024. The game serves as a direct sequel to Batman: Arkham Origins.

Plot[]

Taking place on the days leading up to the Fourth of July, roughly 2 years after the events of Batman: Arkham Origins, Gotham City is under attack from a new threat: the mysterious Rat King and his cultish devotees, who have abducted Jim Gordon, Harvey Dent and other public officials with the intention to execute them in one week on an event called the "Day of Wrath". As widespread rioting engulfs the city, Batman races to prevent this so-called “Day of Wrath,” but it all goes wrong.

Cast[]

  • Roger Craig Smith as Bruce Wayne/Batman, a billionaire playboy/caped vigilante superhero who utilizes countless gadgets, skills and resources in protecting Gotham City from its worst villains. As Arkham Shadow takes place during Batman's 4th year in crime-fighting, Batman has not fully overcome his volatile rage. The story will mostly explore him doing that and becoming a symbol of hope and faith.
  • Martin Jarvis as Alfred Pennyworth, the butler to the Wayne family who serves as both Bruce Wayne's legal guardian and Batman's personal ally in his crime-fighting operations.
  • TBA as Otis Flannegan/The Ratcatcher, a former professional exterminator that uses the ability to control and command rats to commit crimes.
  • TBA as The Rat King, an unknown criminal that has gathered a cult of devotees, Ratcatcher among them.
  • Wally Wingert as Edward Nigma/The Riddler, a fanatically narcissistic, egocentric, megalomaniacal and obsessively compulsive supervillain who has the need to test the intellectuality of Batman and everyone else in Gotham by leaving clues, riddles and trophies and building overly-complicated deathtraps and challenges at the scenes of his crimes...which Batman always triumphs over, eventually leading to Riddler's defeats.
  • Tara Strong as Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel/Harley Quinn, a clinical psychiatrist from Arkham Asylum who became The Joker's lover and criminal sidekick after Quinzel was assigned to treat him, only to start believing herself to be in love with him.
  • Troy Baker as Harvey Dent, a Gotham City district attorney who was an ally of Batman before a criminal splashed acid onto the left half of his face, severely damaging his psyche and turning him into the duality-obsessed criminal known as Two-Face.
  • TBA as Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow, a psychological anarchist who uses a specialized chemical that causes people to experience hallucinogenic projections of their worst fears in their own minds.
  • Michael Gough as James Gordon, the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department. After Commissioner Loeb's death at the hands of the Joker, Gordon was promoted to that position and focused mostly on cleaning up corruption inside the GCPD.
  • Troy Baker as The Joker, a psychotic clown-like criminal who is Batman's arch-nemesis. The Joker evolved after his first encounter with Batman when he put a bounty on the vigilante's head to get revenge on him for his involvement in the incident at ACE Chemicals that transformed Joker into the clownish psychopath he is today. Now, Joker seeks to push Batman into breaking his moral code and prove one bad day can send even the sanest man down a spiral of madness by causing much death and destruction as possible.
  • Nolan North as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, a sadistic weapons dealer who is seeking to make his mark in Gotham City as a crime lord after forcing the Falcones out of the weapons business.
  • Duane R. Shepard Sr. as Aaron Cash, a rookie cop at the Gotham City Police Department.
  • Grey Griffin as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, a sly, seductive, witty, clever, conniving cat burglar who is both Batman's rival and occasional love-interest. After the incident at Blackgate and her failed attempt to acquire Bane for A.R.G.U.S., Catwoman is currently sticking to her usual pastime of robbing Gotham's people while managing her relationship with Batman, but she does provide her aid to The Dark Knight's services when there's something in it for her.
  • Khary Payton as Waylon Jones/Killer Croc, a sideshow-wrestler-turned-criminal-enforcer who suffers from a rare genetic disease that gives him the appearance of a humanoid crocodile.
  • Brian Bloom as Roman Sionis/Black Mask, a ruthless crime lord with a burning hatred for both Batman and The Joker. After being injured in an accident following the Blackgate incident, Black Mask's skull-mask is now permanently burned into his face, and he has become more vicious and more paranoid than before as a result.
  • Tom Kane as Quincy Sharp, a political candidate who is also set to be the warden of the soon-to-be-reopened Arkham Asylum.
  • James Horan as Jack Ryder, a vainglorious and prideful journalist and longtime rival/occasional friend of Vicki Vale.
  • Danny Jacobs as Victor Zsasz, a sociopathic serial killer that cuts a tally mark into his skin for every person that he murders or, in his twisted, deranged perspective, "liberates".
  • Rosa Salazar as Copperhead, a contortionistic assassin and escape artist who uses metallic, clawed gloves coated in hallucinogenic poison.
  • Cree Summer as Penelope Young
  • JB Blanc as Bane
  • Peter MacNicol as Mad Hatter/Jervis Tetch
  • Crispin Freeman as Firefly/Garfield Lynns
  • TBA as Vicki Vale
  • Tasia Valenza as Poison Ivy/Pamela Isley
  • Maurice LaMarche as Mr. Freeze
  • Josh Keaton Robin/Dick Grayson
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Ra's al Ghul
  • Kelly Hu as Shiva
  • TBA as Batgirl
  • Stana Katic as Talia al Ghul

Development[]

On May 1st, 2024, the reveal trailer for the game was released, along with a note that more details will be revealed on June 7th during Summer Game Fest. The reveal trailer was met with overall negative feedback, mostly due to its exclusivity as a VR game and people losing faith in the Arkham series after the release of Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, though most people actually liked the trailer.

On June 7th, the story trailer was revealed at Summer Game Fest. Details revealed that the game is set 2 years after the events of Batman: Arkham Origins on The Fourth of July, and will feature the origin stories of Harley Quinn, Scarecrow and other well-known villains. The Rat King is also confirmed to be the game's main villain. Roger Craig Smith is revealed to be the voice of Batman in the game.

Trivia[]

  • This will be the second game in the Arkham Series where Kevin Conroy doesn't portray the role of Batman, especially since Kevin Conroy passed away almost 2 years before this game was announced.
  • The Ratcatcher will be the game's main antagonist, as implied by the swarm of rats seen in the trailer. In the story trailer, he is called The Rat King in the game. However, it was confirmed by the developers in a Q&A video that Rat King and Ratcatcher are two different people and that Ratcatcher idolized Rat King as he did Black Mask before the events of Arkham Origins, but when Joker was revealed to have been Black Mask and not Roman Sionis, he felt betrayed and soon followed in the path of The Rat King.
  • The game is set 2 years after the events of Arkham Origins. It's assumed, but unconfirmed, that this game takes place in year three of Batman's career, just a couple months after the Blackgate Prison takeover from Arkham Origins: Blackgate, but before Arkham Asylum is reopened.
  • Roger Craig Smith is implied to be playing the role of Batman in the game, as he retweeted the reveal trailer on Twitter/X, but then deleted his retweet shortly soon after. In the story trailer, he is confirmed to be voicing Batman in the game.
  • The game will feature the origins of Harley Quinn, Scarecrow and other well-known villains in the Arkham series.
  • The gameplay mechanics from the previous Batman: Arkham games will be featured in Arkham Shadow, including freeflow combat, counter attacks, predator encounters, Detective Vision, Crime Scene Investigations and gadget utilization.
  • The game features a sort of free-roaming, open-world mode where players can explore locations such as the Monarch Theatre, Bowery and Beacon Hotel in a "new perspective". The game is also confirmed to take place over several days instead of just one night like in the previous Arkham games.
  • This is the second Batman: Arkham game to be established in Virtual reality, with the first being Batman: Arkham VR.
  • This is the third time a Batman: Arkham game was made by another gaming studio besides Rocksteady. the first was Batman: Arkham Origins, which was developed by WB Games Montreal, and the second was Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, which was developed by Netherrealm Studios.
  • In the story trailer for the game, an instrumental version of "Butterfly with Bullet Wings" by the Smashing Pumpkins plays
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