Last week, Batman: Arkham Knight was embroiled in a scandal when the game’s publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive, announced a season pass that would include all of the upcoming DLC; yet they didn’t actually say what that DLC would be. Considering that the season pass costs $40 (the game itself is only $60), that was an expensive price to pay when players didn’t even know what they’d be shelling out for.
Several days and some backlash later, Warner Bros. eventually revealed what that season pass would contain, including some Batgirl DLC titled ‘A Matter of Family’. As multiple characters have taken on the role of Batgirl, it wasn’t clear which version of her we’d be playing as but now, Batman: Arkham Knight‘s director has taken to Twitter to clear things up.
Batman: Arkham Knight – Who Is Batgirl?
On Twitter, Arkham Knight‘s director Sefton Hill confirmed that Batgirl is Barbara Gordon. Many had speculated as much due to the ‘A Matter of Family’ title – both Barbara and her father, Police Commissioner James Gordon, are already in the game so it seemed like a fair assumption to say that the DLC would look at their family dynamic.
The reveal also gives us an idea of gameplay. In the main campaign of Batman: Arkham Knight, Batman gets help from Barbara Gordon as she takes on the role of ‘Oracle’. Gameplay videos have shown Oracle in a wheelchair and so the Batgirl DLC, which is a sequel to the events of Arkham Knight, will likely be a playable version of ‘The Killing Joke‘, the 1988 graphics novel where Joker shot Barbara and left her paralysed.
If this Batgirl DLC does takes on The Killing Joke, developer Rocksteady Studios will have to tread carefully. While the graphic novel is considered one of the best DC productions to date, it is also one of the most controversial and at one point in the story, Joker imprisons Commissioner Gordon and forces him to look at naked images of Barbara’s wounded body.
While the idea is that one bad day can force someone to lose their mind (Joker is trying to drive Commissioner Gordon insane) it’s still a horrific way to go about it. So horrific that when DC Comics recently tried to pay homage to The Killing Joke in Batgirl #37, the backlash was so severe that the company had to pull the cover.
Hopefully Arkham Knight‘s take on it will be a little less divisive. New videos of the Batgirl DLC will be released in a few days – we’ll have more for you then.
Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on June 23, 2015.