As shown in the video above, no matter what you do in the Shadow War DLC mission, someone dies. This grim reality has the perhaps unintentional effect of reinforcing the idea that Batman—and most superheroes—simply uphold the status quo. There’s no meaningful change wrought here, just the avoidance of a more meaningful threat. Batman may be a superhero who doesn’t kill but even he is incapable of staving off the ultimate inevitability of death. Using the conceit of a nigh-immortal villain to lay this existential dilemma at the Dark Knight’s feet makes for a fitting goodbye for Rocksteady Studios’ time with Batman.


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