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KTJL missed a killer Batman opportunity that it won't get again

Highlights

  • Season 1 of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League features no notable narrative content beyond the Joker's cutscene debut.
  • Additionally, the latest entry in the Arkhamverse missed opportunities for fan service through interactions between Batman and Penguin.
  • Seeing Batman kill the Penguin could have made him seem even more threatening.


Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League hasn't released any major story updates since the base game as it now moves into the second episode of its first post-launch season. This is Elseworld Joker Season 1, which oddly only features a cutscene for Joker's debut in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice LeagueOtherwise, animated illustration graphics were used to fill in the gaps. If anything, this suggests that Rocksteady has no intention of peppering its seasons two through four with any substantial narrative content beyond explaining how its DLC characters were recruited.


This is a missed opportunity, as there probably won't be any significant story updates until players have defeated the last Brainiac at the end of a long multiversal journey. Missed opportunities were also everywhere Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice Leagueand with Batman on his way out, it would have made sense for Rocksteady to pepper the game with a lot more Arkhamverse fanservice than it did. A big part of the fanservice that was neglected was any sort of interaction between Kevin Conroy's Batman and Nolan North's Penguin, for example.

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Oswald Cobblepot is Batman's constant annoyance whenever he is in a Arkham Game – that only leaves asylumthe only entry where players don't hear his inappropriately smug and obnoxious tone of voice, whether the accent is real or not. Nolan North's portrayal of the Arkhamverse's Penguin is undoubtedly phenomenal, and the crime boss has even managed to elude Batman before and ambush Nightwing not once but twice in rather ridiculous ways, showing that he may be smarter and more resourceful than he appears on paper.


One can argue that if any resurrected villain deserved an encounter with Brainiac's mind-controlled Batman, it was Riddler, but Riddler is only in
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
because it is part of optional side content and never actually appears in the game.

Penguin has always shown an unexpected and perhaps naive determination when facing Batman, which is more than 90% of the criminals in Gotham City can say. Rather, Penguin is rather reserved and overwhelmed in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and it would have been interesting to see how he would have reacted if this time he was being pursued by Batman, who was actively trying to kill him.

In Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the Penguin could have died at Batman's hand


There's supposedly still a chance that a boss fight with Brainiac could be preceded by a moment where Batman finds and kills Penguin, but that wouldn't be as impactful. There are two reasons why that's nearly impossible:


Still, it would have been more satisfying to see Batman from the base game get his hands on Penguin and hear Conroy and North talk again in a brief sequence. Batman is eventually gunned down by Harley Quinn and it would have been satisfying to see him achieve a final and violent victory over at least one of his oldest sworn enemies in the Arkhamverse.


Unfortunately, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League does not try much to create a tangible connection between him and the Arkham Games, whatever. Even though the touching homages to Kevin Conroy and Arleen Sorkin are wonderful, Rocksteady could have done a lot with the knowledge that it would supposedly put the Batman of the Arkhamverse on ice for good.