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The trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League contains several references to the Arkham games

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There is no gameplay footage in the latest trailer for Rocksteady Studio’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, which debuted at DC fandom. It does, however, contain some references to the Batman: Arkham games, to which it is strangely a sequel. (There’s also some good music and editing, and some of the jokes are funny.)

For starters, the opening sequence recreates the beginning of Arkham Asylum with the drive past the “hitchhikers may be escaping patients” sign, and Amanda Waller’s recruitment scene takes place in the game’s first combat area. (Waller isn’t voiced by the same actress who played her in Arkham Origins; instead, Debra Wilson, who voiced Waller in Telltale’s Batman: The Enemy Within, voices her.) She’s also known for her roles in Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order and Mad TV.)

A couple of items from the Arkham series appear during the sequence where the Suicide Squad gets ready with the help of Gizmo, a kind of evil MacGyver from the comics. King Shark dons the Riddler’s bowler hat from Arkham City, while Harley Quinn fires Batman’s grapnel gun. Gizmo appears to have a collection of trophies and gadgets belonging to Arkhamverse characters, including a bat-glider and Captain Boomerang’s super-speed boomerang.

Later on, there’s a junker Batmobile with a repurposed Batsignal for a headlight that has the same X shape across its face as the one atop the GCPD building in Arkham Knight, though no indication of who’s driving it. Poison Ivy appears to be alive and well, judging by her vines appearing at the 2.10 mark, and the Penguin has regrown some of his hair but still has that beer-bottle monocle embedded in his eye.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League was described by Rocksteady creative director Sefton Hill last year as a cross between the Arkham games and some “powerful, awesome gunplay” in an open-world Metropolis. It’ll support up to four players in drop-in/drop-out co-op, but it can also be played solo, with AI controlling the characters you don’t choose. It’ll be released in 2022.

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