Gotham City was redesigned through building on the previous games' Gothic architecture, while making a more believable and dense city through adding minor elements like neon lights, billboard advertising, American-styled cars, and shops. Art director David Hego described the final design as: "feeling a little out of time. You couldn't pinpoint whether it's twenty years ago, now or in ten years' time."
In order for this game to meet next-gen qualifications, Rocksteady opted out of developing 蝙蝠侠：阿甘起源 (2013) in order to develop this one, thus, for both continuity and artistic reasons, 凯文·康瑞 and 马克·哈米尔 did not lend their voices to their respective roles of Batman and the Joker in Arkham Origins.
According to character designer Albert Feliu, a single character model in Arkham Knight could contain the same amount of polygons used to render the entirety of Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)'s environment.
After Batman has a dose of fear toxin, some of the billboards and other advertisements around Gotham City have a chance to change into a more fearful, Joker version of the ad when you look at it. Then, when you look away, it changes back to normal. For example: the "Johnny Charisma Live!" ad on Grand Avenue can change to a red background with Joker instead of the normal green background with Johnny.
Batgirl makes her first ever appearance in this game out of the whole game series as a DLC storyline called "A Matter of Family". The story takes place between Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum. Before Barbara Gordon had a life changing injury to become Oracle, who's been assisting Batman in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. She also started assisting Batman in Arkham Origins as Barbara Gordon trying to assist Batman build a trust reputation with her father, James Gordon.
At several places in the game (most notably in the elevator that leads to Batman's lab beneath the movie studios), you can find posters for "The Gray Ghost" starring Simon Trent. In Batman: The Animated Series: Beware the Gray Ghost (1992) , a young Bruce Wayne idolized The Gray Ghost, a television hero played by Simon Trent (voiced by 亚当·威斯特), and as an adult, Bruce teamed with Simon to stop a terrorist using episodes of the show as inspiration for his attacks.
Widespread performance issues with the PC version of the game caused heavy backlash from players. Shortly after launch Valve pulled Arkham Knight from the Steam store and promised to re-release it in Fall 2015 after the issues have been fixed. Gary Schaal of WB games issued an apology and asked for patience while the issues are being resolved. However, the PC version still suffered from many bugs and WB games had no choice but to give full refunds.
Actors Jonathan Banks and 布莱恩·科兰斯顿 who co-star together on the television series 绝命毒师 (2008) have both voiced Jim Gordon. Banks' (as Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad) voiced him in this game whilst Cranston (as Walter White in Breaking bad) voiced him in the animated movie Batman: Year One (2011).
In the Batman: Arkham Knight "The End Begins" trailer, released on June 19th, 2015, Game Director Sefton Hill is said to have made a cameo in game form leaving a diner. His cameo in the game can be spotted as Officer Owens enters the Diner in the opening prologue - a man passes Owens after turning away from the bar: this is Sefton Hill's likeness.
When listening to voicemail messages in Bruce's office in Wayne Tower, Vicki Vale, Lex Luthor, and Kate Kane (Batwoman) can all be heard. Lex's message seems to be about a business deal that fell through, while Kate Kane called asking if Bruce is planning on attending her and Maggie Sawyer's wedding. Maggie Sawyer is a police officer who features promienently in Superman related media.
The only Arkham game and first to be released on the eighth generation console. The reason why this had to be released on the eighth generation console due to its lot of memory of state of the art graphics and the size of Gotham City in detail.
In the prequel DLC "Batgirl: A Matter of Family" is the only time in the Arkhamverse series that Harley Quinn wears her original red and white costume. However, an alteration of said costume can be seen in Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014).
In the opening sequence where you play as a cop going into a diner, you can see a man in a tie wearing a Batman mask. This is apparently a reference to Vine celebrity, Blake Wilson, who is known for posting Vine videos of him acting as if Batman were a father with a family.
If you attempt to leave the orphanage when Riddler gives you the riddle in which you must rotate the question mark with the mirror, Riddler will accuse Batman of intentionally trying his patience, and will solve the riddle for you to be facetious.
One of the three islands in the Arkham Kight story-line, Founders Island has a district called "Otisburg." This is carry over from 超人 (1978) movie with 克里斯托弗·里夫 when 尼德·巴蒂, as Otis, claimed a small portion of the new California coastline to be created by Lex Luthor's (吉恩·哈克曼) plan to sink most of California into the ocean.
罗伯特·费斯 spent most of his time torturing long-time friend Glenn Wrage in a series of extremely physical motion capture sequences. Firth also appears as Dr. Fitzgibbon in another comic book inspired project - 银河护卫队 (2014)
The very first thing we see in the game is the label on Joker's cremation chamber - "ROBINSON". Or "ROBIN SON", if you read it with a space in there. A major theme of the game is that Batman sees his sidekicks as family. The game's main villain is ex-Robin Jason Todd lashing out at his old mentor and adopted father for replacing him.
After unmasking the Arkham Knight, Joker's hallucination waxes nostalgic about the asylum the Knight named himself after, and says "maybe we'll get to go back there someday!" Scarecrow brings Batman back to Arkham Asylum for the final act.
When Batman heads to surrender to Scarecrow near the end of the story, check the wall outside and you'll see a spray-painted red Batsymbol. It's also the Red Hood's symbol, letting the player know he's following Batman before Hood rescues him from Scarecrow.
The game starts with Joker's cremation set to the tune of Frank Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin". Later in the game, we find out Batman still has some traces of Joker's toxin in his blood which activates when hit by Scarecrow's new fear toxin. Causing Batman to see hallucinations of Joker which indeed threatens to take over Batman's personality.
The smoker in Pauli's Diner is wearing a hood, so the player can't see them before Scarecrow's fear toxin kicks in and everyone in the diner suddenly looks like a zombie. The smoker was wearing a red hood, hinting that he was the Batman character Red Hood, who we later learn is working with Scarecrow as the Arkham Knight.
Relating to the disappearance of Henry Adams: *There's a flyer on the refrigerator at Pauli's Diner stating that a local man named Henry Adams has gone missing. Sure enough, it's revealed later that he's been abducted -- by Batman himself; as the only transfusion recipient with natural immunity to Joker's blood, he was instrumental in Batman and Robin's attempts to synthesize a cure. *Out of all the Jokerized citizens, Henry is the one whose physical appearance most closely resembles the real Joker, to the point that it looks like he could almost be an older relative, only without the skin or hair coloration. Turns out to be a hint that he's the most Joker-like of all of them, and not immune after all. *A hint that Henry isn't quite as immune as originally believed (and the one who hacked the security system) shows up when Batman asks him to help with hacking a security camera. He makes sure to tell Batman that he doesn't really know anything about computers to throw him off, before proceeding to do as Batman asked much faster than anyone who's genuinely computer-illiterate could be expected to. He does state that the interface is much simpler than a normal computer layout, though in hindsight, this appears to be a taunt of sorts. Similarly, billboards for the cocktail singer Johnny Charisma's live Halloween show appear throughout the city. While some fans' initial interpretations of a hidden messagenote seemed outlandish, it's later revealed to be somewhat true; Johnny, another infected blood recipient, is slowly becoming more Joker-like in his appearance, complete with a similar hairstyle and an equally ostentatious lounge-lizard suit. Batman even later hallucinates variations of the billboard where Joker's the one hosting the show.
Joker's first lines after he reveals himself to Batman in the ACE Chemicals building, "We're going to give Gotham the Batman it deserves. A new Batman. A better Batman. A darker, more- well, we can come back to this later." As seen in the Golden Ending, Gotham got just that.
After Scarecrow gasses Batman on Stagg's airship, he asks Batman what he can see: "the city engulfed in fear? Betrayed by those you trust the most? Your darkest secrets revealed?" It sounds like typical villainous bluster, but he manages to make it all happen by the end of the game - the Cloudburst briefly drowns Gotham in fear gas, Gordon shoots Batman on Scarecrow's orders, and the world learns Batman is Bruce Wayne.
At the beginning of the 'Friend in Need' sidequest, when Bruce Wayne is entering Wayne Tower, there's a hint that it isn't really Bruce Wayne: before, when listening to Bruce's voicemail, there are mocking messages from the Joker fragment, which obviously are only happening in his head; when 'Bruce Wayne' checks the messages, he only hears the four from real people.
The first line of the Joker's song, "take me on home to the Asylum", foreshadows Batman's return to Arkham Asylum, where Joker takes full control before being banished into the deepest parts of Batman's mind.
Near the end of the first segment of the weapons cache side-quest (which is completed as part of the main story), as Batman is closing the vault door to protect himself from the explosion the hallucination of Joker pretends that Batman is locking him up inside the vault, jokingly begging and pleading not to be locked in. This ends up hinting at his fate in the game when Batman purges the Joker from his mind by locking him up in a cell to be trapped in the darkest corner of his mind for eternity, with the Joker hallucination similarly pleading not to be trapped inside, only this time he's no longer kidding around.
During Batman's first face-to-face encounter with the Arkham Knight, the other soldiers are told to not shoot the bat symbol on his armour because that's where the armour is thickest. When Batman uses the remote control on the Batmobile to surprise the mercs, Knight immediately grappels out, much like Batman himself would. Or someone he trained. Much later, Gordon shoots Batman there intentionally, "killing" him and knocking him off the building in order to escape Scarecrow's machinations.
When the Arkham Knight shows up in his chopper, he targets Batman and says "Time to die, old man." Another meaning of the term 'old man' is 'Father'. Appropriate for Jason, who feels betrayed by his father figure.
After Batman tells Jim that Barbara was captured, they head to the clock tower, only to get attacked by the Knight's militia jeeps. The Arkham Knight demands Jim to be brought to him alive. This is because they were planning to blackmail him to join their side; Batman is led to believe Barbara died, while Jim is still captured and likely knows the truth.
Mark Hamill said that, after Batman: Arkham City, he was retiring from the role of The Joker unless an adaptation of The Killing Joke was made. The game features a recreation of the opening of pages of that series via Batman's fear toxin induced Joker hallucination. He played the character in an animated film adaptation of The Killing Joke. Later, he stated he would continue to converge character as long as Kevin Conroy voiced Batman.
The reason Arkham Knight received its M for mature rating in USA is allegedly because of gruesome cutscenes that were key points in the story, pools of blood in the game and the ability to execute hostages. They kept the rating M for Mature because they didn't want to leave anything out from the story they wanted to tell.
Players will be able to control other characters such as Catwoman, Robin, Nightwing, Azreal, Harley Quinn, and even Batgirl, and Red Hood for brief moments. This makes Batman: Arkham Knight the Arlham game with the most playable characters.
Bruce Wayne/Batman, Captain/Commissioner James Gordon, Barbara Gordon, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Jack Ryder and The Riddler are the only characters to have appeared in all four Batman: Arkhamverse games. The runners up would be Alfred Pennyworth, The Penguin, Vicki Vale, Quincy Sharp, Black Mask, Bane, Aaron Cash, Victor Zsasz, Poison Ivy and Mr/ Freeze who appeared in 3 of the 4 titles. Alfred, Black Mask, Vicki, the Penguin and Mr. Freeze did not appear in Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009). Cash, Zsasz and Ivy did not appear in 蝙蝠侠：阿甘起源 (2013), Bane does not appear in Batman: Arkham Knight, nor does Sharp due to his death by suicide occurring between this game and Batman: Arkham City (2011). It should be noted that Jack Ryder is only heard over the radio in Batman: Arkham Asylum, Barbra Gordon is also only heard over the radio talking to Batman in Batman Arkham Asylum and Batman Arkham Citr, the same with Alfred in Batman: Arkham City, Joker only appears by way of hallucinations in Batman: Arkham Knight, Mr Freeze appears in Batman Arkham Origins and Batman Arkahm Knight as DLC missions, Killer Croc also appears in DLC and some hallucinations, and Zsasz appears briefly as an Easter egg.
When Batman is being taken in the back of the tractor trailer, the cinematic is a shot-for-shot remake of the opening sequence of Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), substituting the Batmobile with the truck, and updating the exterior of the asylum to show decay and overgrow.
Despite referring to Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Knight as a trilogy, at multiple times throughout the game, Rocksteady acknowledges the events of Arkham Origins as being canon. Inside the GCPD you can find items that belonged to villains from Arkham Origins including The Electrocutioner's Shock Gloves that were also equipment used by Batman. Also, Deathstroke and Firefly who were only seen in Arkham Origins appear in Arkham Knight and they refer to specific moment from Arkham Origins including their defeats by Batman.
In the "Season of Infamy" DLC after bringing in Killer Croc, the evidence case in the hallway contains his severed hand. Aaron Cash says that he feels a sort of sympathy for Croc for losing his hand before saying that at least Croc's hand can grow back.
At one point during the main story when Batman and Robin are saving the "Jokers", Johnny Charisma is hiding on the stage section of the movie studios. In order to gain access to the stage, Batman reviews the cctv footage to reveal Charisma inputting the passcode. The mirror reveals the code is 0539. Studied more closely 05 stands for May and 39 stands for 1939. The first appearance of Batman in May 1939
In the Red Hood DLC mission, Red Hood goes after the Mob boss "Roman Sionis/Black Mask." In terms of continuity, 蝙蝠侠：阿甘起源 (2013) comes before Batman: Arkham City (2011). But in Batman: Arkham Knight's Red Hood DLC mission, Black Mask looks exactly the same as in Batman: Arkham Origins.
When the Arkham Knight appears with the drill machine, he says "I did ask if it came in black, but then I thought: nah you'd just get all jealous," it is a reference to the Dark Knight Trilogy, where Bruce Wayne often asks if the gadgets and vehicles"come in black?"
Garfield Lynns/Firefly appears for the second time in an Arkhamverse game. Although Rocksteady do not consider 蝙蝠侠：阿甘起源 (2013) (Developed by WB Montreal) part of their Arkham Trilogy, its continuity is acknowledged and referenced by Firefly, referencing the bridge where his respective boss fight in Origins took place.
Although Rocksteady doesn't include the prequel game 蝙蝠侠：阿甘起源 (2013) in their Arkham Trilogy, both Slade Wilson/Deathstroke & Garfield Lynns/Firefly returns to this game in side missions. They both mentions the events of that game to Batman.
The plot is similar to the cancelled Batman movie "Batman: Unchained" which was supposed to be the fifth and final film in the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher franchise. One major difference is in Arkham Knight, Harley Quinn is Joker's lover, and in the cancelled movie she is his daughter trying to get payback for her father's death.