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Arkham Asylum 2 Casting News

Posted by Luke Brown On March - 9 - 2010


Though not much has been heard on the Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 front since it was announced in December, recent listings on may have revealed some of the characters appearing in the game. Returning are Batman, the Joker, and Harley Quinn, and joining them will be Robin and Two-Face. Could Robin’s casting allude to some sort of co-op multiplayer?

A quick perusal of the Internet Movie Database this morning revealed a few intriguing bits of information regarding the sequel to the surprise super-hero video game hit Batman: Arkham Asylum. According to the latest casting update for Warner Bros. Interactive’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed action-adventure title, both Two-Face and Robin will be characters making at least cameo appearances. Of course, with the actors supposedly cast, I have an distinct feeling these roles will be much larger.

Bruce Greenwood, who many of you will remember as Captain Pike from Star Trek and Ashley Judd’s husband in Double Jeopardy, will be playing Two-Face. There’s no indication at all that he’ll be playing Harvey Dent, leading me to believe that at least as far as this game’s universe is concerned, Harvey Dent has been Two-Face for a substantial length of time. Ironically, Bruce Greenwood will be the voice of Batman in the next animated feature from DC, Batman: Under the Red Hood, but the man’s got a great voice, and terrific range, and I’m sure his Two-Face is going to be able to hold his own against Kevin Conroy’s Batman and Mark Hamill’s Joker.

The bigger surprise comes from the casting of Robin for the game. Vincent Martella, most recognizable as Joe Lo Truglio’s sidekick from Role Models, will be providing the vocal track for the Boy Wonder, though we don’t know which of the four (Spoiler doesn’t count) Robins he’ll be portraying. I’d put my money on Tim Drake, but only because Dick Grayson is so much older. Jason Todd, and his sordid history, wouldn’t be someone the video game writers wanted to deal with, and Damian is just too new. Like Greenwood, it’s also a bit ironic since Martella will be voicing a young Jason Todd in the upcoming Under the Red Hood direct-to-DVD feature. As cool as it is to see that Robin will be appearing in the game, I’m more excited for what this casting potentially means. Yeah, you guessed it: multiplayer.

Now, there’s been absolutely no indication from Warner Bros. Interactive that this game will have multiplayer, or just what this game will entail (other than taking place in Gotham), but let’s for a minute suppose that the developers intend to include some sort of co-operative play. How awesome would that be? Even if it only pertained to challenge rooms, having the ability to play as both Batman and Robin at the same time with a friend would be a hell of a lot of fun. Think of all the crazy cool combos you’d be able to pull off. Think of the sweet team-up maneuvers you’d be trying to coordinate. The possibilities are endless, and I hope that Warner is at least thinking of adding a feature like this. I’m by no means asking for the the entire game to be co-operative. The first Arkham Asylum played wonderfully as a single-player experience, but as you can clearly tell, some sort of Uncharted 2-like optional multiplayer missions would have fans super excited. Perhaps we’ll learn more from this week’s GDC, but if not, we’re likely to hear more about Arkham Asylum 2 at E3 2010, so stay tuned to this same Bat-channel.

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