With the recent announcement of Batman Arkham Knight, people have been trying to piece together what they can from the teaser/announcement trailer that Rocksteady and Warner Bros. released earlier this week.
As revealed along with the trailer, it has been mentioned that the game will be set one year after Arkham City and features, Two-Face, Penguin, Harley-Quinn and The Scarecrow as the main antagonists in this outing for The Caped Crusader. However, it has also been said that these villains will not be working alone and that a new nemesis is yet to be revealed.
The opening of the trailer for Arkham Knight features a voiceover that sounds distorted and garbled. The voice gives the Gotham City residents their only warning and explains that, unless they abandon the city, he will unleash their greatest fears. When listening to the voice carefully – especially during the first sentence, the voice bears a striking resemblance to Kevin Conroy – who is of course none other than Batman himself.
Now if you are prepared to do your homework when it comes to voice talent, Kevin Conroy was of course credited for the voice of Bruce Wayne/ Batman in Batman Arkham City but this was not the only voice over work he performed during this game. He was also credited for the voice of Thomas Elliot also known as the villain Hush.
In the comics, Hush unveils himself to Batman as a maniacal surgeon, murdering people as a means of harvesting body parts to alter his appearance to that of Bruce Wayne. He also harbors a deep resentment towards Bruce Wayne for having gained a huge personal fortune through the death of his parents, something Hush had hoped to do at a young age – and would have had it not been for the surgical skills of Thomas Wayne. This could be why the rest of the trailer has the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Wayne being read out over the action.
With this in mind, if the voice is indeed Kevin Conroy then it is most likely that the voice belongs to Hush rather than that of Batman. If Hush could be the villain that Two-Face and the rest of the Rogue’s Gallery are united under, then Hush would also be working with The Scarecrow which means his threat of unleashing Gotham’s greatest fears, would not be a feat out of his reach.
As for the voice over being distorted? The explanation for this would be to hide the character’s true identity until a time that Warner Bros. and Rocksteady want to unveil this. Some more information which has surfaced which could shed some light on this theory is that the Facebook Page – Batman: Hush recently posted an image of the character trophy of Hush from Batman Arkham City saying ‘things may be about to get more interesting next month’. Could this mean an unveiling of the character soon?
So who is the Arkham Knight? Rocksteady have already stated that the title Arkham Knight does not belong to Batman. If Batman isn’t the Arkham Knight, then could it be Hush?
Expect more theories to be unearthed before we get a final announcement from Rocksteady or Warner Bros.
A Batman obsessive with A gaming ‘career’ spanning from when games came on tapes, Brett is still playing Streets of Rage 2 with his brother loves everything DC Comics and Nintendo related and spends his time with his fiancée playing the Batman Arkham franchise while dressed as Batman….. and some times not.