Could a Rocksteady Justice League game be rearing its head in the next few years? Several hints throughout Batman: Arkham Knight point to the possibility, though the developer itself have yet to confirm or announce anything.
There are spoilers if you haven't played Arkham Knight, so if you haven't finished it, you might want to go read something else.
With the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice already being filmed, and its cast of characters heavily hinting at further entries (Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg), we might be treated to a surprise announcement next year. A PSN ad leaking a presumed Arkham Knight release date was revealed shortly before Rockstar admitted they had been working on it for three years, so it's entirely possible.
The voice of Batman in the majority of the series, Kevin Conroy, has expressed a definite desire to work on a Rocksteady Justice League game, according to Game Rant.
"Oh yeah! Absolutely. I would love to do that. It's really hard to record games and very hard to create them, but the result is so rewarding that it makes it worthwhile at the end."
Keep in mind that Conroy said he would love to do it, but at the same time, he didn't say it's being done. He could be playing coy, the game hasn't entered production yet, or he might not be in it, as explained further down. If the game has yet to start production, Rocksteady might be waiting for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to prove successful before announcing plans for a new collaborative title. Even then, it could be years before we actually see it, considering how long it took them to make the last game.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, early screen shots from Batman: Arkham Knight revealed the LexCorp logo on a building in the distance, which definitely alludes to Superman's existence. LexCorp is the business run by Superman's long-time nemesis Lex Luthor.
The biggest problem with a possible Rocksteady Justice League game would be that Batman hung up the cape and cowl at the end of Arkham Knight, passing the torch to Nightwing, Robin, and possibly Jason Todd and Azrael. This means that Bruce Wayne is officially done, and Kevin Conroy might only get a cameo as the series continues with someone else behind the mask. It happened in the comics.
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The only way Bruce Wayne could continue is if the Rocksteady Justice League game takes place between Arkham City and Arkham Knight.
Other signs that there could be a crossover of the DC superheroes in Rocksteady's plans have been reported by Movie Pilot.
Thugs throughout the game sometimes refer to Superman and The Flash with phrases like "that freak from Metropolis" and "At least in Gotham you can see Batman coming." Another mentions the name of the fictional nation Kasnia, where Vandal Savage once attempted to take over. A table of the elements includes the metal Nth, which originates in Thanagar, the home of Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
In the clock tower, you can find a message interchange between Barbara Gordon and Huntress, where Barbara requests that the other find "BC," or Black Canary. At the police station, the name John Jones is written on the shift list, the civilian name for Martian Manhunter.
Across Gotham City are signs for businesses owned by such notables as Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Blue Beetle, as well as a poster for Booster Gold.
The references to other DC Comics superheroes and villains are all over Batman: Arkham Knight and could easily mean a Rocksteady Justice League game is inevitable.
Until we see an official confirmation from the developer of the Arkham series, though, it's all still rumor and speculation.
If there is a Rocksteady Justice League game being planned, what would you like to see in it?
[Feature image via Gamers 411]