Batman Arkham Origins is the third in a series of highly successful video games starring one of the most famous comic book superheroes. The game depicts a young Bruce Wayne only two years into his crime-fighting career. Gotham City is celebrating Christmas Eve, but the Dark Knight will not be able to celebrate a “silent night” for very long. Gang leader Black Mask has placed a fifty million dollar bounty on Batman’s head and eight of the world’s deadliest assasins have come to Gotham to try to collect. Even worse, the corrupt Gotham City police, viewing Batman as a vigilante and threat to the common good, will not hesitate to fire upon the Caped Crusader. I purchased a copy of the game recently and have had a lot of fun exploring the world of Batman’s early days. So, once again, I feel it is appropriate to pay tribute to some of the game’s characters, settings, and important objects in the form of Japan’s signature “five, seven, five” poem style. They are probably the closest thing Gotham is going to get to actual Christmas carols this holiday season, so feel free to hum along.
Gotham’s darkest knight/Young, inexperienced man/Must become fearsome.
The night rules this town./Crime and corruption touch all./Who turned out the lights?
Mob boss hides his face/Owns criminals and police/Yet he’s just human…
Mysterious foe/Challenges Bat to find clues/He’ll be Riddler soon.
Likes gangs and gambling/Dresses henchmen in parkas/Prefers small sardines.
Batmobile as plane/Takes Bruce from point A to B/Without turbulence.
Penguin’s gambling sub/Home to secret “fight club” brawls/”Bird” keeps all the bets.
Bats’ hero HQ/Not much to look at just yet/Still, home to cool bats.
Sits in cave corner/Just chassis, still being built/Can I drive it soon?
Houses criminals/Just ordinary bad guys/Arkham holds supers.
Captain Jim Gordon
Commissioner? No./Fights his own bosses a lot/May work with Bats soon…
Crime Scene Reconstruction
Bruce scans clues, solves crimes/Digital recreations/Computer sees all.
Batman’s only friend/Sidekick way before Robin/Lot funnier, too.
Came back from exile/Has a small, slight social life/Keeps mostly to himself…
Batman Arkham Origins provides a great portrayal of a period in Batman’s history which, while explored almost to exhaustion in the comics, has not really been featured very prominently in other media. I am looking forward to exploring every inch of this early version of Gotham City and seeing what other surprises await me. If you’ve played through Arkham Origins, what do you think of the game? Would you like to see more of this particular part of the Bat-mythos? Let me know in the comments, and keep tuning in for more Pop Cultures Haikus and other cool stuff, same Bat-time, same Bat-blog!