Children of Arkham – What Just Went Down (Batman: The Telltale Series)

The second episode of the Telltale Series has been completed and things got intense really quick. Picking up shortly after the events of the previous episode, Bruce Wayne is on the ropes emotionally as his family legacy is in question. The real kicker is: his family legacy is actually not that grand. Thomas and Martha Wayne were in cahoots with the corruption in the city. A grisly scene featuring Thomas torturing Oswald’s mother just to gain their land so he can build Wayne Enterprises on it. This has shown Telltale is not messing around when it comes to establishing their own Batman mythology. Usually the Wayne’s are depicted as being above all the corruption and upstanding citizens. Their murder being a random act of violence.

Now that no longer stands in this version. Their murder was in fact orchestrated as it was implied that they were trying to accumulate more power than others were comfortable with. Now we are dealing with a Batman who mostly based his legacy on a presumption that his parents were good people and victims of a mugging. So what kind of hero will Batman be going forward? We have already seen the repercussions of the death of his parents as he struggles with an innate violence within him. But this is something that can be played with. But it’s clear that Bruce Wayne will arguably now have to be much more of a hero with the revelation about his parents.

Not just a hero as Batman but as Bruce Wayne as well. The game frequently plays with the fact that he can’t just rely on being Batman to make a difference in the city. That Bruce Wayne may even be a more important figure going forward than Batman. So it will be interesting to see how the developers continue to create their own mythos for Batman now that the revelations about his parents continue to come out. Episode 3 cannot come soon enough.


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