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Batman: Arkham City - The Rise of Catwoman

Post by Yaznee! L4DS on Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:59 pm

While the finer details of Batman: Arkham City, Rocksteady's highly anticipated sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum,
are being kept hush-hush by the UK-based developer, the latest issue of
Game Informer recently let a major (pardon the pun) cat out of the bag:
in addition to the game taking place in a segment of Gotham City, Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, will also play a central role in the game.


That's great news for fans of the infamous DC Comics femme fatale, but
might not mean much to you non-comics-reading gamers out there. Have no
fear: IGN has you covered, as we help pass time before the Fall 2011
release by catching you up on Catwoman's career on both sides of the law
and her long, complex history with the Dark Knight.






Based
on the short summary provided by Rocksteady, we know Arkham City's
story sees Quincy Sharp, Arkham's warden in the first game, now
entrenched as mayor of Gotham City. With the former Arkham complex in
ruins thanks to the Joker, Sharp converts a large portion of Gotham's
slums into a new facility run by Dr. Hugo Strange.


Strange has only one rule for its legion of insane patients: don't
escape. This leaves dangerous villains like Joker and Two-Face free to
battle it out to become insane king of the urban jungle, and you can bet
your britches that Batman
will find himself smack dab in the middle of the war. The insertion of
Catwoman into the crazy mix is where things get really interesting, as
it's unclear whether she'll serve as friend or foe to Batman in the
game. If the comics are any indication, it will probably be a mixture of
both, which is why we're so excited about her involvement.






Catwoman made her comics debut alongside none other than the Joker in 1940's Batman #1,
and has more or less remained the daring, acrobatic and sexy
cat-burglar depicted in that first appearance, even as subsequent
writers have added new depths and layers to her personality.


Like the Dark Knight himself, Selina's character underwent her most dramatic overhaul in Frank Miller's seminal 1986 work Batman: Year One,
which recast her as a down-and-out prostitute who's inspired to don a
costume and take up high stakes burglary by Batman's debut on the scene.
The vast majority of subsequent writers have since ignored Miller's
revision of Selina as a hooker, however, and the modern version of the
character is more of a rags-to-riches anti-heroine who used a career in
crime to pull herself up from a rough upbringing.


After spending much of the two decades after Year One serving as
Batman's female, criminal opposite and sometimes love interest and ally,
she underwent her second major revitalization courtesy of writer Jeph Loeb in his and artist Tim Sale's two follow-ups to Year One - The Long Halloween and its sequel, Dark Victory.
Those two works placed Selina in the center of Batman's war on the
Falcone crime family, where she flip-flopped between helping the Caped
Crusader and pursuing her own criminal interests, with Loeb greatly
playing up the sexual tension between the pair. Later, Loeb would bring
that tension up to a boiling point in Hush, the first canonical
story to have Batman reveal his identity to her and the pair embrace
their love of one another. The affair was short-lived, however, although
it did coincide with Selina's next great transformation into the heroic
protector of Gotham's downtrodden East End.






In 2001 writer Ed Brubaker
pushed Catwoman further than ever before to the "good" side of "good
vs. evil," having Selina serve as the guardian of her East End
neighborhood. There, she used her considerable criminal talents for the
benefit of Gotham's most unfortunate citizens, engaging in a memorable
feud with the villain Black Mask and occasionally reigniting the flames
of her tumultuous relationship with Batman. Her feud with Black Mask
would ultimately lead to Selina murdering the villain, a move that
helped splinter her and Batman's relationship/alliance and push the
femme fatale back closer to her roots as a villain.


Recent stories have since played up Catwoman's moral ambiguousness and
her old penchant for crime for crime's sake, with Bruce Wayne's
disappearance in Grant Morrison's ongoing Batman saga leading to
Catwoman's alliance with fellow villainesses Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy
in the Gotham City Sirens series.






So
what does all this mean for Catwoman's role in Arkham City? For
starters, you can bet on plenty of sexual tension between Batman and
Catwoman, as well as constantly having the lingering suspicion that
she's playing all sides – Batman, Two-Face and Joker – against one
another for her own benefit.


Will she be out to help Batman, or seduce him into helping her achieve
some nefarious goal? Like we said at the onset of this article, it's
probably a mixture of the two, which should help grant Arkham City's
storyline some exciting new depth. Whether she's fighting alongside the
Dark Knight or throwing obstacles in his way, Catwoman is sure to be the
breakout star of Rocksteady's blockbuster Batman franchise.





That's pretty much all you need to know about Catwoman. How excited are you that Selina Kyle is being inserted into the Arkham City
mix? What kind of role do you think she'll play? Will she help Batman
or work to thwart his efforts to save Gotham? Sound off in the comments
below…

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