Now, Suicide Squad's mission takes place outside of the usual stomping grounds of Batman in Gotham City. It's a bold move, introducing a new location for the first time in the series. But fear not, my fellow Bat-fans, for there are still plenty of nods to the previous Batman: Arkham games to be found. It's like finding a hidden Batcave in the heart of Metropolis!
Let's start with the beginning, my dear readers. After a tutorial in a decimated Metropolis, the game takes us on a flashback to when the story of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League first began. We're transported to the iconic Arkham Asylum, but this time, it's not the Batmobile that roars through the gates. No, it's a convoy of A.R.G.U.S. SUVs, transporting the indomitable Waller and her team. It's a clever homage to the opening scene of the very first game in the Arkhamverse, Batman: Arkham Asylum. And to make it even sweeter, they even brought back the score from that scene. Talk about a blast from the past!
When we first meet the members of Task Force X, they're donning the familiar uniforms of Arkham Asylum and Belle Reve inmates. But these aren't your average prison jumpsuits, my friends. Oh no, they're customized to perfection. Each uniform proudly displays the inmate numbers of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, and Captain Boomerang. But here's the kicker: these numbers represent the issue, month, and year of their first comic book appearances. It's like wearing a piece of comic book history, only with a fashionable twist!
Now, let's take a stroll through Metropolis' "Batman Experience." It's like a museum exhibition that not only refreshes our memories of the Arkhamverse events but also brings newcomers up to speed. It covers the stories of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Knight, all while explaining what happened in the five years leading up to Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. But here's the cherry on top: the whole experience is narrated by none other than Jack Ryder, the journalist we've come to know and love from the previous Arkham games. It's like having your own personal guide through the Batcave!
Now, my friends, here's where it gets really interesting. Each member of Task Force X has their own unique insights when interacting with the Arkham character displays. Picture this: Harley Quinn standing in front of her own display, contemplating her past. She says, "Every gal has a phase she regrets, mine happened to get me consecutive life sentences." And when she sees Joker's Titan transformation, she remarks, "I can't even say that's the most messed up thing he did." It's like a therapy session with a dash of humor!
But wait, there's more! Deadshot, being his snarky self, takes a jab at the Batman: Arkham City version of himself. He calls him a "phony steampunk-ass looking dude." Ouch, that's gotta hurt! And let's not forget King Shark, who talks about "expiring in the arms of a superhero" when looking at the display depicting Joker's death. And our boy Captain Boomerang? He compares it to his ongoing rivalry with the Flash. Oh, the banter!
Now, my dear readers, let's explore the hidden depths of the Batman Experience. Amidst the open displays and interactive prompts, there's a secret waiting to be discovered. It's hidden atop the church, right in the room that covers the events of Batman: Arkham Knight. If you dare to climb to the top, you'll suddenly be greeted by a pop-up Man-Bat standee, accompanied by a bone-chilling screech. It's like a jump scare straight out of a horror movie! Don't say I didn't warn you.
But our adventure doesn't stop there, my friends. As we venture into the abandoned Daily Planet, we stumble upon references to Superman lore. We can even peek at the desks of some of the Man of Steel's colleagues. And what do we find? Oh, just a newspaper front page with the headline "Demon Bat In Gotham." Now,that's a headline that would surely make Clark Kent raise an eyebrow!
But the Easter eggs don't stop with the newspaper headline. As we explore further, we come across a bulletin board filled with photographs. And among those photos, we can spot a familiar face: none other than the Dark Knight himself, Batman. It seems that even in Metropolis, Batman's presence is felt. It's like a game of hide-and-seek with the Caped Crusader!
Now, my dear readers, brace yourselves for the most mind-blowing Easter egg of them all. As we make our way through the city streets, we stumble upon a movie theater. And what's playing on the marquee? "The Gray Ghost Rises: The Musical." For those who are true Batman aficionados, this is a reference to the classic Batman: The Animated Series episode "Beware the Gray Ghost," where Batman teams up with his childhood hero, Simon Trent, who played the Gray Ghost on TV. It's like a love letter to one of Batman's most beloved animated adventures.
But let's not forget the Suicide Squad themselves. As we delve deeper into their personal stories, we come across references to their past adventures in the comics. Harley Quinn's room is adorned with posters from her comic book series, and her bedspread features her iconic diamond pattern. Deadshot's room, on the other hand, has a target practice range with various targets, including one with a bullseye right in the center. It's like stepping into their comic book worlds, if only for a moment.
And how can we forget the hilarious banter between the members of Task Force X? As they traverse through Metropolis, they engage in witty and entertaining conversations. From King Shark asking if Superman is a fish, to Captain Boomerang trying to convince Deadshot that he could take on Batman in a fight, it's a constant barrage of humorous exchanges. It's like watching a comedy show with an all-star cast!
As we reach the climax of the game, we encounter the Justice League themselves, under the control of Brainiac. And what do we see? Green Lantern's power battery, Wonder Woman's lasso, Aquaman's trident, and the Flash's lightning symbol, all branded with the Brainiac insignia. It's a chilling sight, a reminder that even the mightiest heroes can fall.
And finally, my dear readers, we arrive at the most unexpected Easter egg of them all. After defeating Brainiac and saving the day, the Suicide Squad finds themselves face-to-face with the one and only Batman. But it's not just any Batman—it's the Batman from the Arkhamverse, voiced by the incomparable Kevin Conroy. It's a fan's dream come true, a meeting of the worlds. And as Batman disappears into the shadows, leaving the Suicide Squad to ponder their next move, we're left with a sense of awe and wonder.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is not just a game; it's a love letter to the Arkhamverse and the DC universe as a whole. With its clever nods and hilarious Easter eggs, it pays homage to the rich history of these characters while carving out its own unique path. So, my friends, grab your controllers and get ready for a wild ride filled with surprises, laughter, and a whole lot of superhero action. It's time to join the Suicide Squad and kill the Justice League, one Easter egg at a time!