Batman: Arkham Knight‘s Batgirl DLC got a price and a release date earlier this week, but many fans are cautiously optimistic about the upcoming content. Yes, it would be a fantastic chance to get to know Barbara Gordon (who we see as Oracle for most of the game) but given that the the game’s Harley Quinn DLC (a pre-order bonus that sees Harley go and break Poison Ivy out of jail) was massively underwhelming, not everyone was convinced that it would be any good.
It also didn’t help that the DLC, called Batgirl: A Matter of Family, hadn’t been properly shown off. All we had to go on was a blurb about extra missions that also featured Robin and Jim Gordon, as well as a nice bit of character art. Warner Bros. has heeded our calls though, having now released a trailer for the upcoming Batgirl DLC.
Batgirl: A Matter of Family Trailer
As many suspected when it was revealed that Barbara was behind Batgirl’s mask in Arkham Knight, A Matter of Family follows the plotline of the famous (or infamous, depending on what you make of it) graphic novel ‘The Killing Joke’. The DLC is set before the event of Batman: Arkham Asylum and it sees Batgirl go to the Seagate Amusement Park to save her father after he has been kidnapped by the Joker. Joker has also rigged an oil rig to blow, so the stakes are incredibly high.
The game’s design producer Justin Vazquez told Entertainment Weekly that:
“We wanted to recreate the feeling of being trapped in a bizarre and unique open environment playing a game of cat and mouse with the Joker. Hacking is really what separates her from the other characters. It’s a gameplay mechanic with which the player can create situations for Batgirl to really shine. Our intention was that Batgirl should be less powerful than Batman, but that Batgirl plus hacking could give her opportunities do things that not even Batman can pull off.”
While some have taken offense to Vazquez’ words, asking why Batgirl can’t just be as powerful as Batman with hacking abilities on top, others are glad that The Killing Joke is being presented in this way. In the original graphic novel, the Joker shoots and paralyses Barbara and then forces Jim to look at photos of her naked, wounded body, and then Batman swoops in to save them both.
In the Batgirl DLC, however, Barbara does still end up paralysed but there’s no sexual harassment, there’s no Batman, and Robin is her sidekick not her saviour. It all sounds well then, but we’ll be able to find out for ourselves in the next few weeks.
Batgirl: A Matter of Family will be released on July 14 for Batman: Arkham Knight season pass holders and July 21 for non season pass holders.