Rumor: Batman: Arkham Asylum II May Get Some Robin [Updated]

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Is Rocksteady's superb Batman video game series already reaching the point of Robin? So says a listing for Batman: Arkham Asylum II at the occasionally factual Internet Movie Database. That could be bad news... or it could be good.

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The bad depends on your tastes, whether you consider the lone wolf Batman to be superior to the dynamic duo version. The positive perspective could be the theoretical addition of cooperative play in the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, something we've just been groomed to expect from our current and future releases.

Regardless of your feelings, the IMDB listing for the game credits Vincent Martella with Robin voice acting duties. He plays Robin in the Batman: Under the Red Hood animated feature as well as Hope in the newly released Final Fantasy XIII. He's listed alongside Bruce Greenwood as the voice of Two-Face, also appearing in Batman: Under the Red Hood.

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Perhaps the IMDB entry editing powers that be simply confused the two projects, but we've contacted Warner Bros. reps to try to clear this up.

Update: Warner Bros. reps respond, saying "To our knowledge, what you asked about is inaccurate information. We are not yet discussing details for the sequel." We'd prefer a hard and fast "No!" or "Yeah, he's totally in it." but that's about as clear as WB is making things right now.

Batman: Arkham Asylum II [IMDB via PlayStation University]

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DISCUSSION

I would be all right with Robin in the game just as long as he eventually dies. Batman is taking a darker tone and Robin's death will suit it just fine. People are never open to change in media so Robin's death will reassure Batman's favored title as well as keep its freedom to try something new. They do it in sitcoms all the time. Add a character or slight change in plot then throw it all to hell and put things back to the way they were. If not they could always make Robin darker (besides easily changing him to Nightwing).