Batman: Arkham City VGA Trailer

Posted by Grey Tuesday, December 14, 2010

We have seen the Dark Knight kicking the collective asses of an entire squadron of heavily-armed mercenaries earlier. But from the recently full sequence of the trailer, the battle for Arkham City has only just gotten started, and is about to get real be precise, Hugo Strange.

While we remained largely in speculating mode regarding the earlier bouts of rumors concerning Christopher Nolan'swan song to his epic Dark Knight trilogy, it seems like some parts of the rumors have found its way into the storyline of another enterprising facet of the Dark Knight's awe-inspiring franchise: Namely, the sequel to the highly successful multi-platform video game, Batman: Arkham Asylum, developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics.

And this particular rumor I am referring about would be the much-circulated one on how Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy's seminal Batman story arc from the 90s, "Prey", might be adapted into the sequel to 2008's "The Dark Knight".

As mentioned, the rumor were heavily circulated, with inputs from many major online sources like Ain’t It Cool News, Collider, and Entertainment Weekly, just to name a few. Incidentally, Batman was hunted in the story arc by a task force headed by Commissioner Gordon while Hugo Strange, a brilliant yet eccentric psychiatrist obsessed with Batman, plotted to unravel the Dark Knight's secret identity with his final objective being to take over the identity of "Batman".

Quite the intense storyline to be put on the big screen, though I strongly opined that being the creative auteur both Christopher and Jonathan Nolan are, it is highly unlikely that they will do a straight adaptation of any existing storyline, much like how they incorporated elements of The Killing Joke, The Long Halloween, and Year One, into The Dark Knight.

And with the promised full-blown trailer to Batman: Arkham City, we are introduced to the mastermind behind the mercenaries: Dr. Hugo Strange.

With quite a number of the less prominent members of the Dark Knight's esteemed Rogues Gallery not appearing in Arkham Asylum, Strange, like many others, were only mentioned in the unlockable dossiers from finding the Riddler's clues.

Here's what the files have to say about Hugo Strange, courtesy of Kiriyama (HommSyndrome) on GameFAQs:

12. Professor Hugo Strange
First gaining fame as a psychiatrist who declared that he'd fully analyzed the
Dark Knight from afar, Professor Hugo Strange lent credence to his own claims by
deducing Batman's true identity as Bruce Wayne. However, his interest in the
Batman turned into a deranged obsession, and he's used his medical expertise to
hatch a series of bizarre plots based around genetics and mind control in order
to defeat the Batman and possibly take his place. Strange's fragile mental state
has left him with intermittent knowledge of Batman's true identity, a fact that
hangs over Bruce Wayne's head - for if Strange ever snaps completely, Batman's
greatest secret might be revealed...

Real Name: Professor Hugo Strange

Occupation: Psychiatrist

Base of Operations: Gotham City

Eyes: Grey

Hair: None

Height: 5 ft 10 in

Weight: 160 lb

First Appearance: Detective Comics #36 (February, 1940)

> Trained to a physical perfection
> Brilliant psychological analyst
> Extensive knowledge of genetics
> Obsessed with Batman and Batman's secret identity
> Plagued by schizophrenic episodes that leave him confused and dangerous

In Game Informer's cover story on Arkham City, a plot synopsis were provided to give us a clearer picture on what happened between Arkham Asylum and Arkham City:

Since the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum, warden Quincy Sharp has taken credit for Batman’s successful quelling of Joker’s uprising and used that momentum to win Gotham City’s mayoral election. The first of his broad-sweeping plans is to proclaim Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison unfit to house criminals. Sharp buys up a large swath of Gotham’s slums and walls it off, stocking the perimeter with highly trained armed mercenaries from an outfit named Tyger. All prisoners are transported to this new facility dubbed “Arkham City” approximately a year after the events at the asylum. They are given only one rule under threat of death: do not try to escape. No other policing takes place inside, leaving a mix of two-bit criminals and super villains to eke out an existence in this lawless, ruthless ecosystem.

Sharp brings in a mysterious psychiatrist named Hugo Strange to head the new Arkham. Hidden from the eyes of the public, Strange is rumored to be up to terrible things, but nothing can be proven. Anyone who investigates his past or Arkham itself seems to disappear, most likely within the walls of the prison city.

Batman believes this is a ticking time bomb and has kept a watchful eye on Arkham City for months, looking for any excuse to break into the well-guarded prison. Recently admitted inmate Two-Face needs to gain respect and followers fast or risk being eaten alive by the other super villains on the inside. Both sides of his psyche agree that the best way to accomplish this is with a high-profile show of power: a public execution of Catwoman. Given their past, Batman has no choice but to enter this hellish domain to save her and uncover what’s really going on. With an all-new bag of tricks, he may just survive the night.

According to a story about Arkham City in Game Informer , Strange is installed as the head of the so-called Arkham City in the new game. The City is the vision of the first game's Quincy Sharp, the Arkham prison warden who becomes mayor in the new game and decides that turning part of Gotham City's slums into a lawless home for prisoners is a good idea. Sharp puts the psychiatrist Strange in charge, a plan that sounds so foolhardy, the game's developers at Rocksteady better be ready to tell us that Sharp is 1) evil, 2) stupid or 3) being blackmailed.

So it is safe for us to assume that the "Prey" storyline might just get adapted in a way after all. With no further ado, check out the trailer right after the jump.


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