When you think of Batman: Arkham Asylum or Batman: Arkham City, Rocksteady Games did a phenomenal job leaving us with positive impressions. Sure, all the characters are stereotypical for a video game; males are super muscular and the females ultra curvy. But, Rocksteady accomplished what no other developer could: used immersive narrative and gameplay to relay the feeling of being Batman. The recent announcement of the follow up to Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins should excite gamers across the world. While most will be wondering which villains will be featured, gay gamers might be wondering if there will finally be LGBT representation. One way Warner Bros. could continue expanding their Batman universe and provide said representation is by releasing a game featuring Batwoman.
Kate Kane is the cousin of Bruce Wayne who also happens to be a lesbian. She was dismissed from the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and decided to become Batwoman after she was rescued by Batman. A lack of his training and gadgets doesn’t make her any less of a formidable crime fighter. She uses her military-trained skills to take on some of Gotham’s toughest villains. Most of whom are more supernatural than even Batman is used to fighting. The “weak” sales of Tomb Raider may indicate that female protagonists experience difficulty attracting gamers but Batwoman could be entirely different. The good buzz that surrounds the Batman franchise in general would ensure gamers at least think about giving the game a try. Also, while Batwoman is technically part of the Batman family, Batman has no influence over her. Her independence would give Warner Bros. the flexibility to further develop Gotham and its connection to the overall DC universe. If her story is inspired by the first 17 comics of her newly relaunched series, it would also open the door for a future Wonder Woman game. So, Warner Bros. could potentially launch an entire line of DC superhero games through Batwoman alone.
LGBT representation is sorely needed in the Batman video games. Since Warner Bros. has moved development of Origins in-house, there are less barriers to seeing an extra game or two in the Batman universe. If cost is a concern, they could save money by reusing resources created for Batman: Arkham Origins (which also used resources previously developed by Rocksteady). Ubisoft has been doing this with their Assassins Creed games. It helps them release a new one every year. With hits like Asylum and City, Warner Bros. clearly has a successful franchise that they can milk. As a gay gamer and Batman fan, I would love to see them do just that especially if they start with Batwoman.
Batman: Arkham Origins is set for release by Warner’s Bros. Interactive Entertainment on October 25, 2013 for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.