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During the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con panel for Gotham Knights, Creative Director Patrick Redding put fan theories to rest about Batman’s death.
Ever since the game was officially announced at DC FanDome 2020, developer WB Games Montréal has been claiming that Batman will die early in Gotham Knights.
However, fan theories have attempted to prove otherwise. For example, some believe that the Caped Crusader faked his death à la Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises.
Others argue that the blast that supposedly kills Bruce Wayne is a cover invented by either Batman or the Court of Owls, although the latter may have hidden it in their maze – not unlike Scott Snyder’s New 52 run.
Gotham Knights leadership insists Batman’s death is final
Patrick Redding, creative director of Gotham Knights, addressed theories about Batman’s alleged return at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con this week.
According to IGN, the developer told the SDCC audience that the Dark Knight was “really dead.” He will die in the first few minutes of the experience, in fact his death serves to build the overall storyline.
Given DC’s propensity to revive the character over the past 15 years of comics continuity, infusing Batman’s death with some sense of finality in Gotham Knights and possible sequels would certainly undermine expectations.
Redding also confirmed the Joker’s absence in the forthcoming open-world title, which comes as a bit of a shock as he played such an important role in the Arkham series – even if others were billed as the main villains.
Thankfully, the wait for WB Games Montréal to tackle all of this and more is almost over.
Gotham Knights launches October 25th on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S platforms. WB Games recently confirmed that the title will not land on last-gen consoles.
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