In the wake of our confirmation that one of the numerous villains you’d be facing in the next open world Batman game is The Judge, there’s still one VERY big question about this game which people have been dying to get confirmation of (you already know if you’ve been listening to the podcast, though).
Originally, I had reported the protagonist under the cowl this time would be ‘Batman’s son’. As I, myself, am Batman illiterate, I wasn’t aware that this information would have been perceived as controversial. The outlets which ran my story had decided to slap Damian Wayne’s name on this, but they were jumping the gun, and I spent a good amount of energy attempting to set the record straight.
Honestly, Batman’s son could have been anyone. Depending on how many ‘universes’ you’re willing to take into consideration: Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Clark Wayne, Terry McGinnis, Tallant Wayne, Ibn al Xu’ffasch (yeah, I’ve been doing a little research)… and I don’t even know if that exhausts all the possibilities. You can argue alternate timelines, people he loved LIKE sons, or anyone that’s been ‘developed’ rather than naturally created isn’t a connection that shouldn’t be considered. But, fact of the matter is, if the game’s development studio is willing to change the face of Batman in gaming from Bruce to… well, someone else… then theoretically, they could go in any direction they please. As long as the player spends most, if not all of the game as a dude dressed as Batman, will game sales ultimately be affected? Doubtful.
In light of the recent information that’s come along, however, I made sure to inquire about the true identity of Batman in the new game.
And Damian Wayne it is.
To my understanding, Damian is the only TRUE son of Batman in the main continuity, so I guess the devs ARE trying to stay within that particular universe.
With people guessing Damian would be in the new game, I’ve seen opinions split down the middle. Some just don’t want to lose Kevin Conroy behind the mic, others are too used to seeing Bruce Wayne as the Bat, and some just flat out dislike Damian’s reckless behavior… or at least, reckless when compared to Bruce’s vigilante-in-hiding styling. On the other hand, there are plenty of others who genuinely prefer the fresh take that Damian has provided to a character that had been established for decades without TOO much change.
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