The new trailer for Suicide Squad refuses to share any gameplay, only confirming a May release and Kevin Conroy’s swansong as Batman.
With Gotham Knights out of the way, the next major DC game release is Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, its first project since 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight.
There’ve been zero updates on the game since it was delayed into 2023, though, and the recent departure of Rocksteady’s studio heads didn’t exactly ease concerns of behind-the-scenes troubles.
A new trailer at The Game Awards no doubt hoped to assure fans development was going fine, especially as it revealed a new release date of May 26, 2023. Unfortunately, it had zero gameplay footage.
While we’ve had glimpses of gameplay in previous trailers, almost all of Suicide Squad’s pre-release material has focused on the characters and story.
The absence of any unedited gameplay is bot a good look and almost comes across as if Rocksteady and/or Warner Bros. is afraid to show it
The main purpose of the new trailer, besides the release date confirmation, was to confirm Batman’s inclusion, although it had always been assumed.
While Batman is DC’s most popular character, Suicide Squad is meant to take place after Batman: Arkham Knight, which ended with Batman seemingly dying.
Given the ambiguity, there was always a chance he was still alive, though none of the characters seem shocked to see him that way. Harley even casually calls him Bruce, since his secret identity was unveiled to the world in Arkham Knight’s climax.
One downside to his inclusion is that Batman’s among the brainwashed Justice League members who serve as the main antagonists, despite the fact that evil Superman and co. is becoming a very tired trope at this point.
On the flipside, Batman is once again voiced by the iconic Kevin Conroy, who played Batman in the Arkham games and the original 90s cartoon. Conroy sadly died recently, so Suicide Squad will serve as his final performance.
The trailer even ends with Conroy reciting the classic ‘I am vengeance’ speech. A touching tribute to the definitive Batman actor.
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League launches for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC on May 26, 2023.
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