Last year, Warner Bros. breathed new life into Batman video games with Batman: The Telltale Series. You couldn't freely jump on rooftops or run around punching unsuspecting A.I., but it didn't matter. The game wasn't about the action; it was all about the storytelling, and the surprising turns it took with classic comic book characters (assassin Vicky Vale, anyone?).
The game took the time to develop both sides of its titular character, so we had the same level of investment when dealing with corporate issues as #BruceWayne and beating up bad guys as The Dark Knight. Adding to the excitement, each episode ended in a perfectly-crafted, nail-biting cliffhanger, and by the end of the first season, fans couldn't wait for a second adventure in this new version of #GothamCity.
Thankfully, Warner Bros. and Telltale are in the business of pleasing their fandom, so #BatmanTheEnemyWithin will be released later this month. They've released the first trailer for it, and as you'd expect, it's incredible:
The Riddler? Amanda Waller? Joker and Bruce Wayne teaming up? Let's take a deep breath here.
First of all, I love the spin the game's putting on #TheRiddler. He isn't a random guy who decided to become evil to challenge the Dark Knight's mental abilities. This Edward Nygma has terrified Gotham for years, even before Batman popped up, and boy, is he violent. I mean, the trap we saw the man in at the beginning of the trailer looked like it came straight out the Saw series.
Another thing that stands out is the Joker as Bruce Wayne's ally. The villain cashes in his favor after helping the billionaire escape from Arkham Asylum. There were hints to that happening during Season 1, especially when the Clown Prince of Crime told Bruce:
"If we don't look out for each other, who will, right?"
There's very little information on what the Joker needs Wayne for, but if comic book history has taught us anything, that pairing will probably create some explosive results.
I'm also interested to see how #AmandaWaller plays into the game's story. In many cases, she is the Nick Fury of the #DC Universe — the connective tissue between super-powered characters — so I'm wondering whether her appearance is signaling an open door for the Telltale universe to feature other tights-wearing characters.
Like I said above, we know Batman's mythology backwards and forward by now, so I love that Telltale Batman is giving the characters a new spin to keep fans engaged and excited, not knowing which direction the franchise could go in. If you want to check it out, Batman: The Enemy Within will be released for PS4, X Box One and PC on August 8, 2017.
What did you think of the first trailer for Season 2 of Telltale Batman? Who are you most excited to see develop? Let me know in the comments!