Batman: Arkham Characters Compared To Their The Batman (2022) Counterparts

The Batman was a smash success despite a development that hit more than its fair share of snags. Director Matt Reeves was already developing a project originally titled Gotham PD, however, that has since been put on hold in favor of developing an "Arkham Haunted House" series.

DC comics originally introduced Arkham Asylum in 1974, so there is a wealth of Arkham Asylum history around which Reeves can build his new series. It remains to be seen how his unique vision shown in The Batman combines with elements fans have come to love about Arkham.

In the Rocksteady Arkham games, Batman is voiced by the supremely talented Kevin Conroy, and Batman's presentation is everything fans have come to expect from the acclaimed voice actor : a brilliant detective, an intimidating interrogator, and a fiercely loyal, if overprotective, friend and ally.

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Batman as played by Robert Pattinson is not as seasoned, but his intellect and relentlessness are still present. Pattinson plays the best detective of all live-action Batmen. His first appearance coming from the shadows and declaring himself "Vengeance" was masterful. He is, however, still clearly haunted by the memory of his parents, and he has not yet realized he can use Bruce Wayne as a weapon and mask of Batman.

Regardless of his rank as an officer, James Gordon is an important side character and ally of Batman that does not know the Caped Crusader's actual identity. In Arkham Origins, Gordon first witnesses Batman firsthand. By the end of Arkham Knight, he is a trusted friend that is honored to have stood by Batman.

In The Batman, Gordon has to constantly defend his trust in the vigilante. Strangely, the GCPD does not seem to be as corrupt as is usually portrayed, and Gordon seems to be the one that goes off the book. Jeffrey Wright's depiction makes Gordon seem so curious about what Batman can do that he is almost compelled to let Batman continue.

The interactions between Batman and The Riddler throughout the Arkham games provide a fascinating view of the descent into madness obsession can bring. In Origins, The Riddler is calm and collected, seeing Batman as a worthy intellectual opponent. As the games progress, The Riddler becomes increasingly maniacal and desperate, even being rendered speechless because of the unfathomability that Batman can outsmart him.

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Paul Dano took a more sinister approach to The Riddler. Appearance-wise, Matt Reeves borrowed from the real-life Zodiac Killer. The Riddler's murders show both his brutality and his intellect. He is especially good at manipulating other people as seen in the climax of the movie where there are copycats carrying out his work. He does not insult anyone he considers less intelligent than himself; however, his worldview was shattered upon learning that he and The Batman were not working together.

In the Arkham games, Penguin puts on airs with a widely-believed-fake British accent. He also is obsessed with collecting rarities for his collection in the Iceberg Lounge. He constantly feels overlooked, and he responds to that with excessive amounts of force.

In The Batman, Penguin sounds like a typical New York City mobster, and his attempts at being simply a gentleman of leisure are betrayed by his sketchy demeanor. His ambition to take over Gotham seems to be dormant until he has a small, very easily overlooked exchange with Carmine Falcone. Perhaps this stokes the fires of his ambition, and the death of Falcone will provide the vacuum of power he can take advantage of to take his place at the top of Gotham.

Batman always needs a Batmobile. In the Arkham games, the iconic vehicle begins as a car removing Bane from the equation on Arkham Island and evolves into a tank that really pushes the limits of believability on Batman's "No Killing" rule.

Indeed, a return to the early years of the Caped Crusader in The Batman brings about a simpler design. A believably modified Dodge Charger, Batman does not need extra gadgets and bells and whistles on his ride as he roars through Gotham. His customized version of a popular car is a breath of fresh air as this new universe is explored.

In the Arkham games, Alfred Pennyworth is a loyal butler, confidant, and moral compass. While there are hints that his background was more varied and exciting before being employed by the Waynes, nothing is ever explicitly explained. Even early on, Batman held Alfred in high esteem as his crusade began. Alfred, in turn, is fully supportive of Batman's mission and helps in any way he can.

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In The Batman, Alfred explicitly mentions being "in the circus." This is a subtle reference to John le CarrĂ©'s spy novels about an MI-6-like British secret service. This certainly explains why and how Alfred is so helpful. That being said, Alfred is also more tolerant than supportive of The Batman's nightlife. Alfred, instead, is always trying to point Bruce in the right moral direction for what is best for everyone, even if that means diminishing the presence of The Batman.

Batman is the world's greatest detective. As such, he employs an array of modern mechanisms to help him organize the immense amount of data he collects. The Bat-computer has been a central mechanism of Batman piecing together various clues in order to understand his cases. In Arkham, it manages to help track trails of evidence, isolate biological markers, and synthesize antidotes.

The Batman features a computer in its early stages, and the creators of the film clearly the Arkham games since many of the Bat-computer sounds are remarkably similar. The database is also used to analyze Batman's contacts, reviewing recorded footage, analyzing potentially missed clues, and aiding the vigilante in becoming the world's greatest detective.

Players' introduction to Catwoman in the Arkham games starts with Catwoman doing what she does best: sneaking around and stealing things. Her combat is appropriately acrobatic and quick with signature claw slashes to accompany. She also exudes sensuality, seemingly flirting with anyone that is near her, and uses that as both a defense mechanism and a weapon when necessary.

In The Batman, Catwoman cares for those she trusts and closes off those she doesn't. She is still highly skilled in sneaking around, but she is less playful and more focused on her objectives. Interestingly, both representations of Catwoman steal the show in their respective roles. However, Zoe Kravitz's Catwoman tones down the more cartoonish characteristics in favor of delivering a more nuanced approach.

Carmine Falcone does not physically show up in the Arkham games. However, his impact is felt everywhere. He escalated the war between Black Mask and Penguin, he made Harvey Dent into Two-Face, and he is the alleged father of Catwoman. He continued to try to serve as "the last Don of Gotham" in a traditional way of organized crime, but could not keep up with the "costumed freaks" he derided so much.

The Batman portrays Carmine as a paranoid man. His war with the Maronis as well as his recognition of change in Gotham left him uneasy to approach the ever-evolving atmosphere that was developing. He clung desperately to what he felt he earned and built, and was a recluse as a result of it. Calm, level-headed, manipulative, and quietly charismatic, he kept trying to hide his chess pieces even as The Riddler moved him into checkmate.

Every Batman needs his Joker. In the Arkham series, Mark Hamill returns as the Clown Prince of Crime, and he chews up every bit of scenery he can. Hilariously campy yet sadistically cruel, Hamill plays The Joker to perfection. The Joker starts the games by taking over the Asylum. He poisons Batman with his own blood in the next game. Finally, his DNA infects Batman's psyche and tags along the entire time in Arkham Knight. All with a smile and a joke.

The Joker is only teased in The Batman with a conversation with The Riddler and a deleted scene with The Dark Knight. As such, not much is known about Reeves's version. However, this Joker seems to be much more subtle and manipulative. He consoles Riddler when The Batman foils his plans, and even "befriends" The Riddler. In the deleted scene, he attempts to manipulate Batman.

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