Fans of Batman are waiting with bated breath to see if Zack Snyder's Justice League universe will be introducing a worthy spin on the caped crusader, but video game fans are counting down the days to a different release date: that of Batman: Arkham Knight, the conclusion to Rocksteady Studios' award-winning trilogy. As is usually the case, the supporting characters are getting just as much time in the spotlight as the grim hero.
The latest comic book character to shine is none other than the Red Hood, the vigilante hellbent on punishing the criminals of Gotham's underworld, and willing to use lethal force to do it. The live-action TV spot for the Red Hood Story DLC takes a lighthearted look at his activities, but confirms that his video game incarnation will be just as ruthless - and fond of firearms - as devoted fans would hope.
It's not the first time that Rocksteady has made a secondary character playable in either Arkham's singleplayer campaign or DLC, and most fans anticipating the game will be disappointed to see just a few moments of actual gameplay. Even so, the popularity of the Red Hood in nearly every corner of comic book geekdom means this clever look at his less obvious impacts on Gotham's residents will be well-received.
For those less familiar with the character, he has come to embody not just Batman's greatest failure to date, but an illustration of exactly why Bruce Wayne refuses to let murder become a tool in his crimefighting belt. Beginning his life as Jason Todd, the second Robin, a brush with death (or actually dying) turned him into a violent vigilante willing to cross nearly every line imaginable.
Since Batman V Superman will be introducing a much older, battle-hardened Batman, rumors have been swirling from the very beginning that Robin, or perhaps even a deceased one, could be incorporated. That's all speculation or wishing, but with Robin and now Red Hood confirmed for Arkham Knight, fans may get a glimpse of what a working relationship (or origin story) for the figure looks like in action, should he one day play a role in the movie universe.
It won't come cheap, however; the Red Hood story pack will be released as additional content exclusive to GameStop as a pre-order bonus. That means players wishing to see whatever Red Hood story Rocksteady has cooked up will need to put their money down ahead of time. Given the talent on hand for the game, that's less of a risk than usual.
Will you be picking up the game or story pack to try your hand at a new version of the Red Hood? Do you hope to see the vigilante appear in a movie role somewhere in the future, or is his comic book backstory too complicated? Sound off in the comments.
Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment in the Batman “Arkham” video game series, which began with Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and a prequel title, Batman: Arkham Origins. The series will bring its trademark style to the Batmobile for the first time ever, giving players the option to either grapple above the streets of Gotham or tear through them in the armored behemoth (but let’s be honest, they’ll go with the latter). The Scarecrow, who hasn’t been seen since Arkham Asylum, will ascend as the game’s primary villain, along with the mysterious new Arkham Knight character. Kevin Conroy will once again bring The Dark Knight to life as the voice of Batman.
Batman: Arkham Knight is slated for release on June 23rd, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.