Yesterday’s DC Fandome event did more than just show us Suicide Squad. We got to see Gotham Knights too! But the question remains… Why is Batman dead? Thankfully, we have some sort of an answer.
During the Legacy of the Bat panel during the event, Creative Director Patrick Redding gave us some context for Gotham Knights and where it occurs in the timeline. Batman had been fighting for around 15 years before his untimely death, but little is still known about how this came up. It is likely this will be an important plot point for the title.
Why is Batman dead?
“To take away any certainly, any feeling of safety”
It’s a fantastic idea and instantly emotionally connects the player to the plotline. I have a funny feeling it will be met with higher praise than TLOU2’s killing of Joel, but arguably they’re the same thing. Anyway….
Redding continued to explain the following:
“ We could take a Gotham City where Bruce Wayne has been operating as Batman for, like, 15 years – with all that history, his whole network of allies – and then take him out of the picture. It really demands players figure out, ‘How would I step up, and how would I protect Gotham City?'”Patrick Redding
In the announcement trailer, all we know is that Bruce Wayne has allegedly been found dead in the rubble of a disastrous accident. That, and a signal has been sent to the BatFamily that has confirmed the destruction of the Batcave and the relocation of operations to the Belfry. Should really be the Bat-Belfrey, or the Bat-fry… But okay. From here, Red Hood, Batgirl, Nightwing, and Robin step up to become the Gotham Knights. Their task is simple: fill in for Batman.
Gotham Knights is coming in 2021 for PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.