Batman: Arkham City Trailer Gives Off An Interesting Vibe

By Ishaan . December 11, 2010 . 7:55pm


I’m not quite sure what to think of the Arkham City trailer that premiered at the Video Game Awards, other than that it’s “interesting.” Perhaps it’s the inclusion of the SWAT team? Maybe it’s that it doesn’t focus as much on Batman as it does on one of his foes?


It does appear to suggest, however, that there may be much more complexity to Arkham City’s story than was initially let on, which is very intriguing.

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  • I cant wait, I think the writing and such in the games is simply awesome and the voice acting is always so on point. I can not wait for Fall!

  • Code

    rarr, 2011 can’t come soon enough >ww<'

  • I’m not sure what’s not to like here. For an early trailer sans-gameplay, looked amazing to me.

    • No no, I didn’t not like it. I just can’t find the right words to describe it. It starts out feeling more like one of your run-of-the-mill FPSes, and then all of a sudden, there’s Batman taking guys out left and right! I liked it, but it also feels very different from what trailers so far have shown.

      • Code

        The only way this trailer could have been better, is if suddenly !!! WHO’S THAT UNDER THE CARDBOARD BOX BEHIND YOU BATMAN, OH SNAP IT’S BIG BOSS! And then Big Boss reveals himself! Then him and Batman totally kick everyone’s asses and use stealth and CQC and stuff +o+!

        rarr, well it worked for SSBB, kinda opo; Arkham Aslyum was still in my books one of the better MGS’s I’ve played opo;;;

  • Exkaiser

    Oh ‘sup Dr. Strange. Does this mean we’ll see Batman take out mutants with the Batplane’s gun again?

    • Code

      Haha I’m suddenly reminded of this; Oh Batman if only you could fly, then those mechanical attack tigers the spider’s mothership are releasing would be no problem at all >w<~!

  • Fonic

    Well the original was excellent in terms of gameplay so I’m actually kind of glad that they seem to be trying to focus more on the plot, which was the one semi-weak element of Asylum.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    That’s how Batman should be, in my view. Elusive to induce fear, everywhere but never where you expect. That’s how he operates, like a horror movie monster.

    I’m glad Hugo Strange seems to be important this time. He is like, one of the original, Detective Comics Batman villain. He really deserves more attention in… well everything Batman related. Wasn’t in the Adam West Batman, I think, not in any Batman live action movie (old or Nolan), might have been in the Animated Series but sure wasn’t a focus… Not popular much in the modern comics either.

    He was, however, in more recent “The Batman” animated series, and creeped me the heck out. He’s more psychological than the Scarecrow and as inscrutable as the Riddler. You can call him a mad scientist but I think he has potential.

    EDIT: I hope the game has more psychological freak out segments similar to the first one.

  • Apollokids

    The greatest Batman stories are the mysteries. The animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) is a fine example of this and eclipses the movies by order of magnitudes. This is a story of Batman’s greatest failure and the ending is bitter-sweet.

    Batman: “What happened to you? Let me help.”
    Red Hood: “It’s too late- you had your chance. And i’m just getting started.”

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      It’s too bad (or too good?) that the animated Batman movies that are better. Besides Under the Red Hood, I also enjoyed Mask of the Phantasm and Return of the Joker, both which incidentally are also mysteries.

      I haven’t seen Mystery of the Batwoman. Is that any good?

      • Apollokids

        I have heard of it but never watched it, so my guess is that its not good at all. There is however Batman: Gotham Knight which is consistent of 6 animated short stories. Of the Six, only 3 appeal to me: Crossfire, In Darkness Dwells and Deadshot.

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          Not good at all? Oh boy maybe I’ll leave it skipped… XD

          Gotham Knight. I kind of enjoyed that. I think it might have been better if they had Japanese anime directors do their own interpretation rather than just use the studios for the animation.

        • Aoshi00

          yea, that’s the problem w/ Gotham Knight, just too experimental by different directors like the Halo anime (it’s like a “New York I Love You” sort of thing, w/ 10 short love stories in NY). I also only liked half of the 6 shorts too, that’s why I don’t feel like collecting it on blu-ray, the so-so ones are too weird and hogging the mins and the good ones are not long enough, but Under the Red Hood is totally worth owning. I liked the Mr. Freeze animated movie too.

          I dunno, this is just a CG teaser so it might not mean much.. I’m guessing they would throw in more element just to improve on a alrdy great game, like Brotherhood improving on AC2. It would be kind of cool if they put multiplayer for Batman :)

          I learned a lot about Red Hood and the 2nd Robin though, I’m not a huge Batman buff when it comes to the original comics, so it was cool when they talked about how people didn’t like the 2nd Robin, killed him off and brought him back.. Joker was devious too, too bad he wasn’t voiced by Mark Hamill in Under the Red Hood.

          • Apollokids

            Seeing as how you mentioned voices, maybe i’ll bring in this clip of Andrea Romano- she is the Vocal director of Batman: Under the Red hood and cast all the voices which would ultimately give life to the characters. She speaks in more detail of John DiMaggios portrayal of the Joker’s voice at around 3:15. Another fact, Vincent Martella does the voice of teenage Robin and had originally been asked to do the voice of kid robin (that of a younger age). That role went to his real life kid brother who NAILED the part and gave such emotion to the final scene of the movie.

          • Aoshi00

            Thanks. I’m actually a big fan of John DiMaggio (Bender in Futurama, Wakka/Kimahri in FF10, Marcus Fenix in Gears of War, etc), definitely very versatile actor. He was not a bad Joker, it’s a different more realistic interpretation in this story instead of over the top and theatric, it just took a while for that voice to sink in because Hamill is the most prominent Joker voice from the animated Batman to me, and in Arkham Asylum too. Just as Kevin Conroy IS Batman, even though there are Adam West/Keaton/Bale from live action, but for animated voice Conroy is it (even though Bruce Greenwood did a very similar voice here as well). I was just surprised at first because I assume both Conroy and Hamill would be the voices here because he was in Gotham Knight, until I read the reviews from Amazon before getting the blu-ray. Not to say I didn’t like John DiMaggio’s take, I was worried Hamill wouldn’t be reprising his role for this game. And I just couldn’t help but imagine what Hamill would sound like in Red Hood instead..Maybe I’m just used to the idea an animated/anime character is voiced by a same VA for life unless the VA is retired or dead, but in the US changes of actors is more common. And in this case the casting director thinks change is warranted, or Hamill just wasn’t interested in doing too much Joker (heard this is going to be his last one). I know there are even different types of Joker in the past, but I’m not the most familiar w/ the canon comics, like this one is the more sadistic one that crippled Batgirl. Maybe Hamill is too cartoonish, but his voice worked too in Arkham, so.. Conroy’s Batman is different in the game or Gotham Knight than the old animated series too, it could be just the time gap, age, but I think actors could still interpret the chars differently depending on the situation.

  • Oh f*** yes. Now I’m more excited about this game in a storyline prospective. Huge Strange was one of Batman’s most deadly enemies. But unlike Joker, Bane and Hush, who gave Batman all sorts of fits, Huge Strange isn’t as well known. Hell I didn’t really know about him to I read up on him months ago (Ironicly due in fact to his name being mentioned when details about Arkham City came up). What I read impressed me and thus his inclusion here should make one hell of a side-story, if not the main story.

    I approve of this trailer.

  • I posted some full 1920 HD stills from the trailer here – Enjoy!

  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    Siliconera, promoting discussion on Arkham City… The world is now one step closer to being a perfect place <3

    Ok, first off: I was disappointed it wasn't a gameplay trailer. Too bad yesterday was CG/Blur trailers day, yeah?

    Now, forget that: BLAHRASGHND.

    That was amazing! It was full of new gameplay details, and the city… THE CITY. It is beautiful (can you even go wrong with neons?). Hugo Strange sounds perfect (his voice sounds like Cristopher Lee's, could it be?) and looks pretty good. Taking out huge teams of special mercenaries sounds EXTREMELY exciting and… Well, I know I'm looking at my 2011 GOTY. I just hope Dini comes up a good story this time, because the one in AA was really lacking.

    PS: Kinda strange (oh oh) to see Rocksteady's Batman through a non-hyperrealistic filter.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      If the plot is anything like “No Man’s Land” (a walled in city carved up by criminals and gangs), then it should be good. Dini is a good writer… I think he just wasn’t familiar with writing for video games yet. Now that he’s more experienced, the plot should be more coherent and better tied to gameplay.

      • [The Hunter] Doomrider

        Yeah, I read that one. Loved it too. And so far, it looks like AC is pretty similar to it (in terms of setting, at least), which is great.

        I agree, he’s a good writer, and one has to respect all the work he’s done so far. Like you said, he’ll deliver the goods this time! And judging from the trailer and what Kevin Conroy said, this one will be much darker…

        Get released, damn you!

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