Upcoming RPG Video Game Gotham Knights Will Not Feature Legendary Villain Joker
Creative Director of Gotham Knights Patrick Redding confirms that Joker will not feature in the game but teases the possibility of another villain showing up
Superheroes run mainstream media. Everywhere you turn, most are trying to capture the allusive lightning in a bottle that Marvel has got hidden away in their vault along with the billions of monetary success they have. But while Marvel is responsible for taking the Superhero franchise to the moon when it comes to movies, DC is hands down the sole reason for reviving the Superhero genre in the video game world.
The Batman Arkham series is credited as one of the best video game franchises of all time, and one might even make the argument that if it wasn't for the success it had, we might have never been blessed with amazing games such as Marvel's Spider-Man, Marvel’s Avengers, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and the many more games that are in the pipeline waiting to be sprung out. But one argument that is 100% concrete and factual is that if it wasn't for the Batman: Arkham series we definitely would have never gotten Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
Now with SDCC going on, we are starting to get more information about these two upcoming projects. Redding stated during the SDCC (as reported by IGN) that Batman is "truly dead" in Gotham Knights. The Dark Knight seems to die during the first 10 minutes of the game, setting up the scenario for players to assume the role of one of Gotham Knights' protagonists (Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, or Red Hood), and will stay dead at the end of the game. When a fan questioned if the Joker was in Gotham Knights, Redding confirmed that he was not. However, for admirers of the clown, Redding would go on to declare that he would "neither confirm nor deny if Harley is."
Naturally, revealing this knowledge implies that Harley features in Gotham Knights in some manner. As a result, she is one of the most frequent characters in WB's DC video games. She appears not just in the Batman: Arkham series, but also in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and, it appears, Gotham Knights. It remains to be seen how significant a part she plays, but whether minor or substantial, it may explain why the Joker isn't present.
It should be noted that Gotham Knights has recently focused on its heroes, but many fans may be interested in learning more about its villains. There are five major adversary organizations known to exist in the game, and fans have seen Penguin, Mr. Freeze, the chief antagonist The Court of Owls, and their talons, but that's about it. There's still plenty of time to reveal who the heroes will confront before the game's October release.