Batman could (supposedly) be dead in the next Gotham Knights, but it is, of course, still a game set in the Batman universe. And if there’s one thing we can be sure about any new Batman story, it’s that it’ll give us great villains. The DC property probably has the biggest rogues gallery of any superhero, and of course it’s been used quite effectively in games over the years, as it has been in other media as well. With Gotham Knights launch is getting closer, so it’s only natural that the excitement surrounding its roster of villains is growing as well. To that end, here we’re going to talk about every villain that’s been confirmed to appear in Gotham Knights so far, before briefly reviewing some others that haven’t been officially confirmed yet, but may end up appearing in the game after all.
Let’s start with the big one.
COURT OF OWLS
We pretty much know for a fact that the Court of Owls is going to be the main antagonistic threat in Gotham Knights for a few years before the game as even advertised. Relentless leaks over this period have consistently identified the shadowy group of villains as the game’s main threat, and this was of course officially confirmed as soon as the game was unveiled in 2020. The Court of Owls is a relatively new addition to the game. Batman mythos, having only been introduced by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo with the New 52 reboot in 2011, but even in that short time it quickly became a fan favorite. They’re a group that’s secretly controlled Gotham for centuries, so going up against them – and their highly skilled assassins known as the Talons – should be a fascinating experience for Batman Fans.
Besides the Court of Owls, Mr. Freeze was one of the first villains to be officially revealed for Gotham Knights. The gel is, of course, a Batman stalwart, a member of the old guard of the property’s iconic villains, so to speak, so his appearance in the upcoming open-world action-RPG isn’t exactly a big shock. It remains to be seen what role he plays in the story and how important he remains. Interestingly, Freeze apparently had a deal with Batman to stop committing crimes in exchange for resources for his research, but since the Caped Crusader’s supposed death, the frosty villain has gone back to his old ways. As Batman fans know it well, Mr. Freeze in Arkham City remains one of the best boss fights in a superhero game to date, so we can only hope his appearance in Gotham Knights does not disappoint.
The Penguin is yet another classic Batman villain who has been confirmed to appear in Gotham Knights– and of course, he is another welcome addition. Oswald Cobblepot is a fascinating character and has proven himself to be a worthy opponent of Gotham’s heroes almost every time he showed up in Batman stories, so we’re always excited to see more of him. We haven’t seen him much since Gotham Knights footage so far, but based on what little we’ve seen, it looks like the Knights will be looking for him, at some point in the story, for information on the Court of Owls. Whether he plays a persistent role throughout the story, and possibly even a boss fight, remains to be seen, though we certainly hope he does.
Harley Quinn may not have been there in the Batman mythos as long as some of the property’s other biggest villains have been, but in the two decades since her first appearance, she’s quickly become an iconic and wildly popular character. Its inclusion in Gotham Knights was only recently confirmed, and unsurprisingly, it went down well with a lot of good. What role she plays in the story should be interesting to see, especially since Gotham Knights the developers have very explicitly confirmed that The Joker is not will appear in the game. Meanwhile, although we don’t know much about her narrative role in the game, we do know that she will be at least one boss fight in the game, for which we have also already seen electrifying gameplay.
Here’s another fan favorite – maybe not a mainstream hit, but definitely a hugely popular one. Batman villain that has been around for a long time. Clayface has also made his mark in games, including having played a significant role in Batman: Arkham City. Gotham Knights is, of course, set in his own continuity, so we’re excited to see what WB Games Montreal’s take on the character looks like. We’re hoping he’ll have more than a small part to play in the game’s story – maybe even get a whole side quest line dedicated to him, or something – while a Clayface boss obviously has to be on the agenda as well.
This is where we get really dark. Professor Pyg may not be a character you’ve heard of, but those who know more than a little about the DC Universe will know him well as an unusual supervillain. We saw it a bit in one of Gotham Knights recent projections – or at least we think we have. A figure with a pig’s head has slipped over his face like a gruesome mask – that must be Professor Pyg, right? Either way, the game certainly caught our attention with this one. Here’s hoping we’ll learn more in the not-too-distant future.
While these are all the villains that have been officially confirmed to appear in Gotham Knights so far it’s probably safe to assume that there will, of course, be several more that the devs haven’t yet talked about (and might not be talked about at all until the game is released). actually released). Some of them might be able to guess. For example, the League of Assassins is very likely to appear, given that the group’s crest was something that was frequently used in teasing by the developers before the game itself was officially unveiled. Interestingly, IMDB also lists comedienne Mylène Dinh-Robic as the voice of Talia al’Ghul in Gotham Knights, although it is not a character whose appearance in the game has been confirmed.
Then there’s Man-Bat – some of the gameplay footage we’ve seen so far suggests that Kirk Langstrom, the man who becomes the vampire Man-Bat, died in Gotham Knights, but there’s always the possibility that he’s a fake and that he’ll end up making an appearance as a villain later in the game. Then there’s also William Cobb, the best and most dangerous Talon available to the Court of Owls. That he appears at some point in the game seems like a safe bet, especially since he’s also the great-grandfather of Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, one of four playable characters. It could make for an interesting narrative drama.
Then, of course, there are other fan favorites like Deathstroke, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Two-Face and many more – although as of now there’s little to no indication. as to whether any of them will show up or not. in Gotham Knights. Hopefully more will be revealed in the coming weeks.