Many have eagerly awaited Batman: The Telltale Series, which finally released its first episode, titled "Realm Of Shadows," on August 2nd. Many fans of the Caped Crusader found themselves falling in love with Telltale's aesthetics and the new drawn city of Gotham. The episode received relatively good reviews, with IGN scoring it a respectable 7.5/10, and the second episode was released on September 20th.
The series started with a bang, and fans of the Dark Knight praised the incorporation of Telltale's game mechanics into the world of DC, and loved the combat elements of the game, such as planning out your attack beforehand to make sure the bad guys feel the full wrath of the Bat.
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We were treated to a few classic Gotham villains in episodes one and two: Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin), the ever ambiguous Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and the infamous Carmine Falcone.
We'll likely see more of Catwoman, Penguin and Falcone. Episode Two shows a different side to Selina, as she decides to stop fighting Bruce and instead team up with him to help take down Penguin's plan to hold Dent and Mayor Hill hostage. Meanwhile, Bruce is shamed by the media for supposedly working with Falcone. Will Falcone continue to cause controversy for the Wayne family name, and will he cause a conflict of interest between Bruce Wayne and Batman?
The plot has evolved perfectly around these characters, which leaves the question: who will we bump into next? There's so many amazing, iconic villains featured in Gotham that it's hard to choose which ones we'd love to see in the Telltale series. We need more villains, MORE!
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So who is next to show up in Gotham City? Who else will Batman have to defeat? Here are five villains that I'd personally love to find on the next episode of Batman: The Telltale Series.
1. Sal Maroni
In the TV series Gotham, Maroni is a major mob boss and main rival of Falcone. I'd love to see another development of this idea in the Telltale Series! Maroni also shows a keen interest in his employee, Cobblepot, in Gotham, which could definitely tie into the Cobblepot storyline present in the Telltale game already. Maroni and Cobblepot up against Batman and Falcone? Cobblepot becoming Falcone's rat? I'd play the hell out of that.
2. Victor Zsasz
We already have Carmine Falcone wreaking havoc in Gotham City, so why not have an assassin depicted as his accomplice in Gotham? This crazed killer is perfect for the series as he's menacing, deranged and he totally scares the pants off me. He's also been depicted as a man who gambled his life away in Penguin's bar (the Icelounge) in previous comic Batman Chronicles #3. Maybe this could land him in a heated situation with Telltale's Penguin?
3. The Joker
If we have Penguin, we can have the Joker. The idea of the Penguin and Joker as a team is one that is decades old, with their first meeting taking place in the comic Knights of Knavery. The pair have been depicted as a team numerous times after this, therefore we must deserve a little of this loving partnership in the Telltale game. We've seen how well a character like the Joker worked in the Arkham game series, so logic would tell us that he'd thrive in the Telltale series. Plus, I mean, who doesn't like the Joker?
4. Dr. Harleen Quinzel
If we do get to see the Joker, it would be before his Arkham days, since Penguin looks quite young in the Telltale series. This could eventually lead to showing his arrest and placement in Arkham Asylum. Telltale could incorporate Dr. Quinzel before her crazy days, and perhaps delve into the complicated relationship the two held as doctor and patient? I know I'd love to see the two before they decided to ruin Batman's life; it would be an interesting plot line to play out. Plus, I love me some backstory!
If Telltale do decided to steer the plot near Arkham Asylum, then I'd love to see Scarecrow come into action. Similar to Dr. Quinzel, I'd like to see him before hand and the evolution from psychologist and biochemist into crazed toxin killer! Plus, Scarecrow really did scare me in the game Arkham Asylum, perhaps Telltale could use that level of horror to their advantage.
I'm sure fans will love Telltale's choice of villains for Episode Three, which is titled "New World Order." What could that possibly mean for Batman and Gotham? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I do hope that they choose the right villains for the plot, and the existing villains don't get cut out so easily.
Which classic villains would you like to see in Episode 3 of Batman: The Telltale Series?