Here's What You Missed In The Recent Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

by Ben Reeves on Apr 29, 2015 at 12:30 PM

A few days ago, Rocksteady and Warner Bros. released a new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, which gave us a long and stoic look at Batman's compatriots: Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman. But if you look closely at the trailer, you might have also picked out a few more juicy details about one of this summer's hottest games.

For a quick refresher, watch the recent trailer here. Now for the breakdown:

14 Sec – The Gotham skyline is filled with fun Easter eggs to DC Comics. The big building with the W right out front belongs to Bruce Wayne (as does a lot of the city), but see that sign on the right that says Sartorico? That is probably a reference to Batman villain Dr. Alex Sartorius, A.K.A. Doctor Phosphorus, who was given super powers after being irradiated during a nuclear plant’s meltdown. It’s always irradiation. You gotta watch out for that stuff.

18 Sec – Don't blink as the camera pans across the city, because you can actually see Batman perched atop one of the radio towers in the top left corner.

25 Sec – Rocksteady has led us to believe that Batman’s arch nemesis Joker is dead in this game, but comic characters rarely stay dead. There is actually a popular fan theory that says the sign Johnny Charisma: Live! contains a hidden message; by removing some of the letters you can make it read: JoChar is aLive. Conspiracy theory or clever ploy by Rocksteady?

The movie at the nearby theater is The Terror: Origins. This is a reference to Clayface. Basil Karlo, the original Clayface, was an actor driven mad after he heard about a re-make of his horror film The Terror. He probably won’t be happy about this one either. 

32 Sec – Check out the sign on the left for Tanaga Dojo. This is likely a reference to Kairi Tanaga, a character from Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond. Kairi actually helped train Bruce in the ways of the force. In this shot Batman, practices one of Kairi's signature moves: the narcoleptic headbutt.

Next up: A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Also, where did Catwoman get that scar?

46 Sec – Here's a shot of Catwoman. She got the scar on her face when she cut herself shaving – one morning when she forgot that she doesn't grow facial hair.

53 Sec – Here’s a reference that most Batman fans will understand. The Flying Graysons is one of Batman’s favorite fast-food delivery services. Robin’s parents were killed by one of these trucks one day while they were headed to the circus, and that’s when Dick Grayson decided to become Batman. Unfortunately, Bruce Wayne was already Batman, so after a lengthy legal battle they both decided he could be Robin. Bruce was happy because Robin is a dumb name, and it makes him laugh.

57 Sec – Check out the question marks on this robot's chests. This probably means they work for the Riddler. The Riddler plays less than minimum wage – it's one of the things that makes him a villain.

58 Sec – Check out the collar on Catwoman's neck. Could it be some kind of control/capture device put their by the Riddler? Rumor has it that after Batman rescues Catwoman from the Riddler, she decides that it's a cute look and wants to keep the collar. And Batman's like, "No, it's bad." And she's like, "But it matches my eyes." And he's like, "Guh, fine!" It's a kinda funny scene, but you probably had to be there.

100 Sec – The billboard for The Revenger's Tragedy is a reference to a 17th century Jacobean revenge tragedy commonly assumed to be written by Thomas Middleton. At first glace one might assume this has nothing to do with Batman and could be a sly reference to the game's plot, but in truth Thomas Middleton was an immortal vampire and was the original creator of Batman. No one has seen him since 1956 when he told his wife he was going out to get a quick bite and never came back.

Next up: Some people you never expected to see in a Batman game.

101 Sec – This scene where the Batwing makes out with the Batmobile hints that the Batwing might get called in at some point to deliver some upgrades to the Batmobile. It's the Arkham game's M.O. to constantly feed Batman upgrades, and that system will extend to the Batmobile as well.

115 Sec – Here’s a shot of Ezio from the Assassin’s Creed series. We don’t know how he got in this trailer, but it’s a cool Easter egg. Don’t expect to see him in the final game. Ubisoft’s lawyers are going to have a field day with this.

121 Sec – Ezio isn't the only cameo in the game. Here's a surprise look at TMNT's Donatello. Unfortunately, it's not the cool one from the cartoons. It's the dopey-looking one from the last film.

134 Sec – Holy crap, Benedict Cumberbatch! He really is in everything these days.

152 Sec – We've seen glimpses of this feature earlier in the trailer, but here's a good shot of a mechanic called Dual Play. At difference points in the game, it seems that players will be able to control Batman and his compatriots, including Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman – using his allies to perform different takedowns and combat maneuvers.

[Source: Batman Arkham Videos, IGN,]

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