Gotham Knights: no Batman and Joker, the developers confirm it

Gotham Knights: no Batman and Joker, the developers confirm it

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At the Warner Bros. Games Montreal panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Creative Director Patrick Redding shed light on what additional characters or iconic DC villains might appear in Gotham Knights. For all those who expected the Joker to come and mess things up for the heroes, disappointment is just around the corner, as Redding has confirmed that the character will not be in the game. However, the creative director hasn't confirmed if the same goes for Harley Quinn, which means that at least the Joker's mate could have a role of some kind.

Gotham Knights Once again Furthermore, Redding reiterated to fans that Batman is indeed dead in Gotham Knights and that he will remain so until the end of the game. The death of Bruce Wayne at the beginning of the title, in fact, is what sets the plot in motion, instead shifting the focus to other characters. However, there are some strong doubts that the legendary superhero is actually dead for the duration of the game, but it looks like we'll have to wait until October to know for sure.| ); }
The developers of Gotham Knights have also released a new game trailer dedicated to Barbara Gordon's Batgirl and her fighting skills. The portrayal of the character in the game previously generated a lot of controversy due to the “Super Crip” trope of disability. To this, Redding responded by saying that the team listens to criticism and feedback and worked with AbleGamers to uncover different types of spinal injuries and the possibility of someone regaining mobility after similar incidents.

Gotham Knights Prequel Comic Series Revealed at Comic-Con 2022

Publisher DC Comics has officially announced Batman: Gotham Knights – Gilded City, a six-issue limited comic series that serves as a prequel to the events of Gotham Knights. If you are somehow not familiar, Gotham Knights is an upcoming video game from Warner Bros. Games and WB Games Montreal that sees Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood step up to protect Gotham in the wake of Batman's death. The announcement of Batman: Gotham Knights – Gilded City took place during the Gotham Publishing panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.

According to the announcement, the prequel series is written by Evan Narcisse (Gen: LOCK, Rise of the Black Panther) with art by ABEL (Harley Quinn). The first issue will release both physically and digitally on October 25th, which coincides with the release of the Gotham Knights video game as well. A hardcover collection of all six issues is set to launch on July 25, 2023.

'In Batman: Gotham Knights –Gilded City, a mysterious virus has infected Gotham City—turning its victims into rabid, yellow-irised maniacs driven to looting, theft, and bursts of anger. Batman–in his final case before his death –and his Gotham Knights struggle to keep this strange virus contained while investigating its origins,' the official description of the prequel comic series reads. 'But this is not the first time this unusual illness has overtaken the city, as the series splits between present-day Gotham City and the Gotham City of the 1800s, as The Dark Knight and his allies discover the Runaway –one of Gotham City's earliest masked vigilantes.'

Notably, each issue of Batman: Gotham Knights – Gilded City will include a digital code redeemable for an in-game item within Gotham Knights. For example, the first issue contains a code for the exclusive BOSO22 Batcycle Skin. Collecting all six also earns a separate seventh item.

You can check out the official cover for the first issue of Batman: Gotham Knights – Gilded City for yourself below:

gotham-knights-prequel-comic-cover.jpg(Photo: DC Comics)

As noted above, the first issue of the six-issue monthly limited series Batman: Gotham Knights – Gilded City is set to release on October 25th. Gotham Knights itself is also set to release for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC on October 25th. There are several different versions available to pre-order from $69.99 to $299.99 wherever such things are sold. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the upcoming DC video game right here.

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