DC Fandome took place yesterday and mostly everything wowed from stunning Wonder Woman to Robert Pattinson brutally breaking someone’s face. Rocksteady also revealed Suicide Squad with evil Superman possibly controlled by Brainiac, and WB Games Montreal finally pulled the curtain aside to show off Gotham Knights. However, following the reveal of Gotham Knights, people have continually been asking one question: is Batman actually dead? Here you’ll discover why Bruce Wayne might still be alive.
Rather than focusing on the Dark Knight like the Arkham series, Gotham Knights is instead a two-player online co-op game (with single-player available) that focuses on the Bat family. The premise is that Gotham’s saviour is no longer around to stop the city’s insane posse of rogues, meaning the likes of Barbara Gordon and Nightwing now have to step up and take Bruce’s place.
Batman is declared really dead by himself as well as the news citing official declaration of Bruce Wayne’s death, but it’s possible that the billionaire superhero is still alive.
Is Batman really dead in Gotham Knights?
Yes, Batman is dead in Gotham Knights.
The premise of Gotham Knights is that Batman is really dead and that the Bat family have to take over in protecting the city.
WB Games Montreal’s trailer opens with a news report declaring that Bruce Wayne is confirmed as deceased, and then Bruce delivers the news himself in a pre-recorded Code Black message.
With shiny blue puppy dog eyes, Bruce confirms in the Code Black message that he is dead and that it’s now up to the Bat family to protect Gotham.
As for why they killed off the Dark Knight, creative director Patrick Redding said the following at DC Fandome (via IGN):
“We wanted to take away any certainty, any feeling of safety,” Redding explained. “So 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?'”
**spoilers for the Court Of Owls beyond this point**
Why Batman might be alive in Gotham Knights
We believe that Batman might still be alive in Gotham Knights.
Lots of people are under the impression that Batman isn’t really dead in Gotham Knights and that he is actually alive, and we have a few reasons why we believe this to be the case.
And all of these reasons relate to the Court Of Owls.
If the game follows the Court Of Owls storyline even without 100% accuracy, then Bruce Wayne’s death could be untrue like it was in the comics.
Bruce Wayne was trapped in the Court Of Owls’ labyrinth with the Bat family believing he was dead, and this could possibly be the same in Gotham Knights.
On the other hand, Batman could really be dead only to be reanimated by the Court Of Owls who had done the same with Nightwing’s great-grandfather and their other assassins.
If this happens to be the case, then Batman himself could possibly be the main assassin/Talon.
Another reason to believe that Batman is alive is that WB Games Montreal have said that the game’s mystery is greater than the Court Of Owls.
This suggests that the mystery will extend to and revolve around the “death” of Batman.
Finally, it’s also possible that Batman could have faked his death to shake off the Court Of Owls. In the comics, the Court Of Owls relentlessly targeted Bruce for being a Wayne, so it’s possible Batman could have faked his death to escape and investigate them further without anyone knowing.
And this would make sense as he wouldn’t be leaving Gotham defenceless as he knows he can trust the Bat family.
Ultimately, we’d be shocked if Batman really is dead. We don’t think he’ll come in halfway through the game and replace the Bat family, but we’d be stunned if he isn’t pivotal to the story or at least appear at the very end.