ARKHAM KNIGHT: SPECULATING His True Identity

After hearing many different theories online, I've come up with my own idea as to who's under the mask of that mysterious character. Be forewarned, there are heavy SPOILERS from Arkham City past this point.

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By Joseph Whelan - 3/14/2014
When Batman: Arkham Knight was revealed to the public, I had the same reaction that most people did: I was excited. But I wasn't just excited; I was incredibly stoked and eager to get my hands on it. Not only do we finally get to drive the Batmobile, but the game features a mysterious new character by the name of Arkham Knight.

I desperately wanted to find out who this character would turn out to be. Would it be someone from the comic books that we all know and love? Or would it be someone completely new and unexpected? I needed to find out and October seemed so far away. Being the type of person that I am, I searched the internet for a number of theories regarding the character's identity.

I've heard everything from Jason Todd to Prometheus to Azrael... My point is that I've found a ton of interesting ideas. While I think it would be absolutely stellar if Jason Todd's Red Hood made an appearance, I do not think he's under the Arkham Knight's mask. Well, by now I'm sure you guys and gals are all sick of this exposition and just want me to get on with it, so I shall.

Arkham Knight is both Batman and the Joker at the same time.



Yeah, I hear you guys screaming right now. "What?! That doesn't make sense! Is this guy high or something?". The answer to that is no, by the way. Now, before you guys start freaking out on me in the comments, let me explain my theory a little further.

You guys remember the posters in the Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC for Arkham City? What did they say again?



That's right. Cadmus Labs. Cadmus is often portrayed as a government facility that's responsible for genetic cloning and creating "monsters". Some versions even depict them being responsible for creating Superboy!

So, what does this all have to do with the Arkham Knight? Well, I'll tell you. In Arkham City, there is a scene in which the Joker knocks out Batman. He later awakens with Joker's toxic blood transfused into him. So, let me make this clear: Joker's blood currently runs through Batman's veins.



This is where Cadmus gets involved. Now, the rest of this is pure speculation on the plot of Arkham Knight. I might be right, I might be wrong. Whatever the case, you should still find it somewhat interesting.

Alright, so let's say that Cadmus (for some reason or another) decides that they want to use their technology to create a clone of Batman for their own use (or maybe for an employer?). They spend a long period of time secretly tracking the Dark Knight until they are able to obtain a blood sample (most likely from some sort of fight with another villain). Cadmus Labs is then able to create a living being using Batman's DNA. However, something goes wrong:



This creation of theirs turns out to be a Batman/Joker hybrid. And this is all because of Joker's blood being put into Batman in Arkham City. This clone has the desire to serve justice and avenge the innocent, much like Batman, but also has chaotic impulses and a liking of weapons, much like the Joker. This character would essentially be the "child", if you will, of Batman and the Joker, having traits that are similar to both individuals. The clone takes the moniker of the Dark Knight and corrupts it with a bit of Joker-ness, hence calling himself the Arkham Knight.



This idea, while a bit "out there" in terms of realism, could make for a really interesting plot that could have this clone deal with an identity crisis. I really hope Rocksteady does something like this. And hey, this could be true, as Rocksteady has already said that Arkham Knight would be a "new" character. A Batman/Joker clone technically counts, doesn't it?

If you liked my theory, be sure the hit the "Thumbs Up" button and leave a comment telling me your ideas on this mysterious character.
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Moohika - 3/14/2014, 7:50 PM
Nice theory but you pretty much described Jason Todd's Red Hood at the end. I hope that Rocksteady doesn't do this, only because it is basically doing Red Hood but calling him Arkham Knight.
TheWorldsFinest - 3/15/2014, 12:14 AM
Wow! For once there's a theory that doesn't use another character, but also makes sense. I approve. This would definitely add another element to the story and would play with Batman's emotions even more.
charlie2094 - 3/15/2014, 1:00 AM
Thought you were joking at first, but honestly, that's not a bad idea! Do think it's definitely an original character and not say Jason Todd, but this is a pretty good theory and I could definitely see it happening!

Not sure what the chances are, but this could potentially be the route Rocksteady is taking, definitely keeping the Arkham Knights identity under wraps for a reason and a Joker/Batman hybrid is quite interesting and could work, if they handle it well enough
MightyZeus - 3/15/2014, 1:21 AM
Interesting theory. I like the idea of a Joker Batman being spliced together.
Hellsboy - 3/15/2014, 7:12 AM
That actually makes total sense 0_0 crazyyy
CaptainAmerica31 - 3/15/2014, 8:25 AM
Yea rocksteady said it's a new character made from scratch. Completely new, actually the character wasted by Geoff johns for the game. So this could be the Arkham universes Harley Quinn or Batman Beyond. I think you're on too something. If they do this there has to be a flashback of sorts or we have to wait awhile to be introduced to Arkham knight. Because If they want to introduce AK early they gotta show a flashback of batman getting his blood drawn in a fight. Maybe he gets his blood drawn wearing his Arkham city suit? Thus driving himself to wear a plated suit?
CaptainAmerica31 - 3/15/2014, 8:34 AM
Or maybe the Arkham Knight is jokers son who's age was advanced by Cadmus labs. It makes a whole lot of sense if you think about it. He was born in Arkham city, that's his birth place. So he fights for it. Cadmus steals him from Harley or pay her to use him. Or she could approach them for it, to get revenge on batman. They put a lot of emphasis on Harley Quinn's baby in Arkham City, especially towards the end. So it makes sense that he becomes the next villain, it seems like a waste if they don't use him in a larger role.
Tainted87 - 3/15/2014, 12:53 PM
Good theory. Also, Amanda Waller (and CCH Pounder at that!) appears out of nowhere at the tail end of Arkham Origins to recruit Slade for the Suicide Squad. DC has had a strange fixation on that group for the past few years...

Anyways, since Waller has been affiliated with Cadmus in the past, I don't think it'd be all for nothing, and not even just to service Deathstroke's playable character DLC.

Really though, I'd prefer if it was Jason Todd, but that's not gonna happen.
TheReddestHood - 3/15/2014, 1:39 PM
This is amazing. Even he name makes sense with the character!!!!!!! Best theory on this I've ever heard. Great job!!!!! I would put some clapping gifs but I'm in my phone and It takes too long.
RextheKing - 3/15/2014, 11:16 PM
My theory is similar but without the Batman blood. Cadmus steal some of the blood Joker sent into Gotham and attempts to create someone capable of taking out Batman and then replace him, but of course Cadmus loses control of Joker's clone and boom, we get Arkham Knight.
ibravosp5 - 3/16/2014, 8:55 AM
Hopefully he's not really as humorous as joker. This idea is pretty cool. A Different batman beyondish route they would be taking.
gamecreatorjj - 3/16/2014, 2:16 PM
It also makes sense on the idea of legacy from the trailer, this Bruce's only living heir.
GliderMan - 3/16/2014, 2:54 PM
It's Thanos.

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