DC Fans Raging Over Beloved Hero Death

By Douglas Helm | Published

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been rife with controversy ever since it was announced that the game would have live-service elements, but there was still hope the game would deliver on the story. Spoilers ahead if you want to go into this game knowing nothing, but there’s a clip circulating online of one hero’s death, and fans are not happy about it. During the game, Harley Quinn delivers Batman’s death, and the Internet does not like the way it was handled.

Batman Dies In Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League

To be fair to Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, complaining about Batman’s death does seem pretty silly, considering the game is doing what it says on the tin. As the Suicide Squad, you do indeed kill the Justice League, who are all being mind-controlled by Brainiac. There’s also the fact that this is a comic book game, which means these heroes are likely going to be resurrected in some way or another.

Set In The Arkham Asylum Universe


However, fans have taken umbrage with Batman’s death for several reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that the version of Batman in Kill the Justice League is the same one from the Arkham games. Meaning if this death is definitive and the end of the character, this would be a pretty unsatisfying end to a character fans have been playing since Arkham Asylum came out in 2009.

One Of Kevin Conroy’s Last Performances

This might be reason enough for fans of Rockysteady’s Arkham Batman to be mad with this death scene, but the bigger reason lies behind the voice of this version of Batman – the late, great Kevin Conroy. Many fans feel wronged that one of Conroy’s final appearances as Batman is a scene where he gets unceremoniously shot in the head by Harley Quinn. It’s not necessarily a fitting end to such a legendary legacy.

Fans Now Appreciate Gotham Knights

Gotham Knights

Fans are specifically citing the previous Bat-family game, Gotham Knights, as a preferable end to Conroy’s Arkham Batman character. That game also features Batman’s death, but it’s done in a self-sacrificing and heroic manner that is befitting the legacy of the Caped Crusader and Conroy himself. For those who have thrown themselves into Rocksteady’s Arkham series for over a decade, it makes sense that this Kill the Justice League scene is causing some strife.

There Are Some Great Batman Moments

With that being said, there are some redeeming aspects of Batman’s appearance in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, according to those who have played it. Most notably, an early level in the game sees each of the player-controlled Suicide Squad characters picked off by Batman one by one as they wander through a dark museum. It’s a clever way to flip the script on players who are used to controlling Batman in the Arkham games and doing the same thing to unsuspecting criminals.

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League Is Dividing DC Fans

It’s no surprise, but it seems like Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is not going to be a perfect game for everyone. However, regardless of how it handled Batman’s death, you do have to admit that it’s following through on the title’s promise. It doesn’t mean everyone is going to like it, but that’s just the way it goes.