The Riddler goes 'Jigsaw crazy' in Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City

The Riddler returns in Batman: Arkham City, this time as an on screen villain who threatens the lives of citizens of Gotham with intricate "Jigsaw-like" puzzles the Dark Knight is forced to solve...

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Rather than have his exploits remain off screen as they did in Batman's previous Rocksteady-developed title, The Riddler is a featured villain in the sequel Batman: Arkham City. However, it's not enough for Edward Nigma to simply appear in the game, as Rocksteady has opted to turn his various puzzles into a life or death scenario. In the demo shown at GDC 2011, we spotted a woman chained up to an intricate trap of spinning blades as The Riddler explained he would be upping the ante in the Dark Knight's latest adventure. Essentially, The Riddler has been transformed into Jigsaw--the killer from the Saw film series--putting innocent lives at risk if Batman fails to solve his scattered mysteries.

Edward Nigma (AKA The Riddler) goes mad in Batman: Arkham City

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has not provided the footage of The Riddler's evil plan in action; however, three images of the redesigned villain have been released. Make no mistake, The Riddler has dipped into psycho territory and is completely confident in staining his green get-up with fresh coats of innocent red blood. "If you're a big Riddler fan, I think you're going to love the depths that we're going to go in with his particular story, but for us we were asking ourselves "What would these villains do in a place like Arkham City?'" Rocksteady's Dax Ginn told Shacknews in a removed excerpt of a recent interview. "Riddler isn't about gathering power or bringing thugs into his gang. He's about toying with Batman, baiting him. Taunting him in a way that intellectually challenges Batman. For Riddler fans, I think the Riddler component of the game is really going to satisfy them."
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    March 16, 2011 10:45 AM

    Comment on The Riddler goes 'Jigsaw crazy' in Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City, by Xav de Matos.

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      March 16, 2011 10:47 AM

      SUMMARY: The Riddler returns in Batman: Arkham City, this time as an on screen villain who threatens the lives of citizens of Gotham with intricate "Jigsaw-like" puzzles the Dark Knight is forced to solve...

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      March 16, 2011 10:51 AM

      Can't say that take on the character is one my favorites. I've rather liked his turn as a non-criminal detective in the recent comics.

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      March 16, 2011 11:00 AM

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      March 16, 2011 11:41 AM

      That sounds like it could be really annoying and unfun. Hopefully not, I loved Arkham Asylum.

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      March 16, 2011 12:03 PM

      Hey, did Joker ever die in the Batman comics? Also, was Bruce Wayne always Batman or was there another? Doesn't he die or break his back at some point? Did someone take over? Thanks in advance. :[

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        March 16, 2011 12:05 PM

        Robin was Batman for a while

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          March 16, 2011 12:06 PM

          Dick Grayson is batman right now. So it Bruce. It's complicated.

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            March 16, 2011 12:08 PM

            So is Bruce, rather.

            Basically, Dick Grayson is Batman in Gotham in that traditional role, with Damian Wayne as Robin.

            Bruce is taking a more international approach - kinda like a general as opposed to the soldier on the ground.

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            March 16, 2011 12:08 PM

            he's recruiting a team of batmen all over the world

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              March 16, 2011 12:09 PM

              Though they're not actually going by "Batman". They have different names.

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                March 16, 2011 12:34 PM

                fucking comic books

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            March 16, 2011 12:40 PM

            I thought Bruce was dead. At least that was the last thing I heard...but I don't follow comics all that closely anymore.

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              March 16, 2011 12:42 PM

              Not dead; the comic in which it happened made it clear that he wasn't dead. He's been back for a few months now, but is concentrating on a larger project he hasn't clued everyone else in on. Meanwhile Dick Grayson is still Batman in Gotham City.

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        March 16, 2011 12:08 PM

        yes Joker dies in the Dark Knight Returns, prolly in a couple more comics, Batman had someone fill in for him, Azrael, until his back healed

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          March 16, 2011 12:08 PM

          Dark Knight Returns is not canon.

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            March 16, 2011 12:12 PM

            the question didn't specify within canon only, which is why i specified which comic it occurred in

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              March 16, 2011 12:13 PM

              Yeah, but people may not know what that is. I'm just specifying in the DC universe the Joker isn't dead.

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                March 16, 2011 12:34 PM

                and no one's arguing with you about that, I stated in my original phrase that he may have also died in other books, meaning he's obviously alive in other books as well. you seem to be taking this a little seriously

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                March 16, 2011 2:06 PM

                The kind of person who needs to ask if the Joker has ever died in Batman comics (ie. not a comic nerd) would not likely give a shit if it's in the DC universe or not.

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      March 16, 2011 12:24 PM

      I read a comic that had dark take on the Riddler. I think the Riddler was trying to summon a demon (he was under it's influence I believe) and to summon him some drastic steps needed to be taken, like spilling the blood of an infant, showering in blood, and dancing with the dead (and a few others).

      The Riddler set things up like lodging a ping pong ball in a baby's throat, Batman had to perform a tracheotomy on the baby. Showering in blood was something about blood donor packs being ruptured over Batman's head, but he triggered it somehow. Dancing with the dead was trapping Batman in a cave, disorienting him with gas and then throwing skeletons that were attached to strings onto him so he "danced" with them as he tossed them off.

      It was quite dark but an excellent story.

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