Kevin Conroy’s Batman Is Completely Wasted in Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is a superhero recreation saddled with an uncommon quantity of bags. It stands out as the follow-up to 2015’s much-loved Batman: Arkham Knight, however it’s additionally a recreation that’s been topic to quite a few delays and considerations over its stay service components and gameplay selections. It additionally occurs to be the ultimate DC recreation that includes the voice of Kevin Conroy as Batman. Now that the sport is lastly out in the wild, one factor has change into abundantly clear This just isn’t the sendoff Rocksteady’s Dark Knight deserved.

Why does Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League miss the mark the place Batman is anxious? Let’s take a deep dive into the place the sport goes so incorrect, however watch out for full spoilers forward for the brand new Suicide Squad recreation!

Fighting the Dark Knight

First off, to deal with the bat-elephant in the room – they killed Kevin Conroy’s Batman off right here, they usually do it in a reasonably lame method. We’re going to dig into that in a second, however first let’s discuss in regards to the missed alternative of the gameplay itself.

Part of the attraction with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is that it promised to flip the script the place Batman is anxious. Rocksteady’s earlier DC video games put gamers squarely in Batman’s armored footwear. As Batman, we soared by means of the skies of Gotham City, stalked criminals throughout alleyways and rooftops and unleashed Batman’s full arsenal of devices and weapons. Never earlier than has a recreation collection been so profitable in making gamers really feel just like the Dark Knight himself.

In Suicide Squad, all of the sudden the script is flipped. We’re taking part in because the criminals, and Batman is the enemy. That opens up quite a lot of potential for the sport’s inevitable Batman boss battle. What is it prefer to be on the receiving finish of the Caped Crusader’s wrath? What is it prefer to stumble by means of the darkness, realizing that each ledge or perch is likely to be hiding a crazed vigilante ready to kick your face in?

In a greater recreation, the Batman boss battle would have performed out like a survival horror mission. It must be terrifying going up towards this deranged billionaire and his lethal toys. Superman could also be invulnerable, however at the very least he affords a goal to shoot at. Batman is the enemy that may’t be seen till he’s able to deliver the ache.

The recreation’s two Batman encounters are nothing greater than tedious, poorly lit impediment programs.

But moderately than being a nerve-wracking lesson in what it’s prefer to be Batman’s prey, the sport’s two Batman encounters are nothing greater than tedious, poorly lit impediment programs. When it comes time for the precise Batman boss battle, you aren’t preventing the Dark Knight a lot as grappling with the results of Scarecrow’s worry toxin. This face-off has you stumble by means of the darkness and activate a collection of buttons to fabricate extra worry toxin. Along the way in which, you shoot at a unending collection of Bat-like wraiths and dodge Batman’s explosive gel. It’s repetitive, boring and something however the thrilling motion sequence we’d have anticipated.

This boss battle does lastly culminate in an precise battle, however hardly one worthy of the Dark Knight. The Squad merely jumps and shoots at an outsized Batman monster in a scene that appears like a riff on one of many nightmare sequences from the unique Arkham Asylum. And then it’s throughout. Never does the sport really faucet into the joys of preventing Batman. Never does it channel the worry of preventing the last word ninja warrior in his prime component.

Of course, squandering the chance for a great Batman boss battle is one factor, however the true drawback begins after the battle is over. It’s how the sport provides Rocksteady’s Batman his last sendoff that issues actually go incorrect for Suicide Squad.

The Sad End of the Arkham Saga

Never let it’s stated that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League doesn’t stay as much as its identify. You do certainly kill the Justice League all through the sport, selecting off Earth’s biggest superhero defenders one after the other earlier than in the end confronting Brainiac. Even the mighty Batman is introduced down by Harley Quinn and her staff. Harley accomplishes what her puddin’ by no means did, capturing Bats level clean in the pinnacle and luring Superman into the open.

It’s a surprisingly ignominious finish for a personality as beloved as Batman. And perhaps that was the entire level. We can nearly respect Suicide Squad slicing by means of the mystique and killing off Batman in such an unceremonious trend.

But the issue is that this isn’t simply any model of Batman; it’s the Batman from Rocksteady’s Arkham video games. Suicide Squad is technically a sequel to 2015’s Arkham Knight. The recreation consists of sufficient references to the ending of Arkham Knight, the dying of Poison Ivy and the truth that Batman’s secret id is thought to the world at massive to substantiate the connection.

This is a model of the character followers have bonded with over the course of a number of lengthy adventures. The Arkham trilogy showcases three of the worst nights of Batman’s lengthy profession, nights the place he pushes himself to his bodily and psychological limits in order to save lots of his metropolis. Particularly in Arkham Knight, Batman is damaged all the way down to his core and emerges the opposite aspect stronger and extra resilient than ever. For some, these video games provide the definitive incarnation of Batman.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League reveals no regard for the legacy of the Arkham video games. It can be one factor if the sport have been set in its personal, self-contained universe. Then, it is likely to be simpler to understand the black humor in the thought of Batman being gunned down like a typical legal. But the sport goes out of its method to set up its place in the Arkham canon. It transforms that Batman right into a brainwashed killer, cheapening the reminiscence of a hero who goes out of his method in the Arkham video games to by no means take a life, even Joker’s. This just isn’t the ending Rocksteady’s Batman deserved.

It’s definitely not the follow-up we hoped for or anticipated in gentle of Arkham Knight’s ambiguous ending. That recreation concludes with Batman activating the Knightfall protocols and destroying his life as Bruce Wayne. What turns into of him after that time? Does he attempt to discover happiness in anonymity, like Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises? Does he commit himself absolutely to his battle on crime, a la the Batman of The Dark Knight Returns? And how do the varied members of the Bat-family soldier on with out their chief?

There’s much more story that might have been informed with this model of the Batman character. But Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League settles for essentially the most boring reply. It seems that Batman remains to be Batman, even after the whole lot that occurred in Arkham Knight. He’s simply hanging out with the Justice League till he turns into a pawn of Brainiac. The hero players have spent dozens, if not lots of, of hours taking part in as is handled as little greater than a disposable plot system. All the potential left on the desk with Arkham Knight is wasted for the sake of an affordable snort.

All the potential left on the desk with Arkham Knight is wasted for the sake of an affordable snort.

To be honest, there’s all the time an opportunity Rocksteady isn’t fairly finished with Batman. As definitive as his dying scene appears to be, the Batman comics have definitely discovered outlandish methods of bringing useless characters again into the fold. There’s additionally the truth that the sport dabbles in the DC multiverse by the tip, providing gamers the chance to seek out 12 extra variations of Brainiac by way of DLC campaigns. If a model of Joker is being introduced in as a playable character, who’s to say Batman received’t return as properly? But will it’s the identical Batman? And will he nonetheless be voiced by Kevin Conroy? If not, does Batman’s return even matter?

The silver lining right here is that whereas Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is a poor sendoff for Rocksteady’s Batman, at the very least it isn’t Conroy’s last outing because the Dark Knight. IGN has discovered that Conroy will reprise his Batman: The Animated Series function in the animated film Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 3. With any luck, that film may give Conroy’s Batman the sendoff he deserves. Arkham followers aren’t so fortunate, sadly.

For extra on the sport, take a look at IGN’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League evaluate in progress.

Jesse is a mild-mannered workers author for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your mental thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.

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