Batman & The Joker Are BFFs

By Alec Meer on January 26th, 2011 at 5:38 pm.

Quickly, Batchildren! A mysterious French internet online websitepage has a frustratingly unembeddable new trailer from Batman: Arkham City, which will almost certainly be dragged off into a dark alley and given a sound kicking by the dastardly Mr Embargo any minute now. It features Batman and the Joker working together (whaaaaaaaaat), in a “punching hulking goons in the teeth” sort of way. It looks, to coin a phrase, “tight.”

Edit – there’s some speculation this may be fake. Maybe it is! Investigating/being bewildered by the strange lengths people on the internet go to will be fun regardless. Dialogue and character models are apparently lifted from the first game, and could have originated from the Unreal SDK. What do you think, detectives?

Edit edit – Warner Bros confirm it’s a fake. So there’s that. Let’s take bets on how long until it’s pulled, and on what grounds.

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  1. outoffeelinsobad says:

    That looks pretty fucking stupid, if you ask me.

  2. Mike says:

    Co-op challenge levels, I reckon.

  3. mandrill says:

    Batman and Joker co-operating? NON_CANON_ERROR REDO_FROM_START

  4. WildcardUK says:

    Awesome ending to that trailer!

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    Zephro says:

    So co-op challenges, or somehow constructed machina?

    The dialogue did sound like something from the first game rather than new dialogue.

  6. Tuco says:

    It looks like an obvious fake, even if very well crafted.

  7. Kentobi says:

    Definitely fake. The dialog, animations, and character models are all out of the first game. This is just someone’s machina.

  8. Tyshalle says:

    Fake.

  9. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    wow. this is very good for being fake.

    I did think that the graphics were pretty similar to the first game, but then again, it’s a console game, and they’re not going anywhere…

    Concerning batman and joker working together, that would have been a bit of a cheap approach for the next game.

  10. Cooper says:

    The dialogue is definitely ripped. Shame. The production quality is fantastic. Very professional animations.

  11. Vague-rant says:

    As good as it was, something definitely seemed off. Not by much, but still not quite right. On the other hand do we know who the other character in co-op is yet?

  12. Brumisator says:

    I like that TV catching move.

    It’s a very nicely made fake, I must say, very nice animations, and clever reuse of the original game’s voices and rarely seen props/textures

  13. DJ Phantoon says:

    Well, if it were real, it could easily be them teaming up to take down Owlman. It’s happened before.

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    Earl-Grey says:

    Most certainly a fan machinima.
    If it is not I do suspect that quite a number of Batchildren might end up in a hissy fit-angry internet man-induced coma.
    …and if I allow myselft to put on the cowl of the Batchild for just a minute; why would Batman cooperate with the Joker just to fend off goons that Bats easily could have smeared across the tarmac himself?

  15. krisdmd says:

    Looks a bit strange but not bad at all :)

  16. Eclipse says:

    They need to hire whoever did that thing

  17. Sigma Draconis says:

    Yeah, this is likely a fake, yet well done for a fake.

    And I wouldn’t put it past Rocksteady to implement a multiplayer challenge mode concept similar to what’s seen in this video.

  18. Soon says:

    Thanks, kewego. Ahem.

  19. passingstranger says:

    Certainly fakery, but fairly well done fakery. A more polished version of this could have made for a neat co-op trailer.

  20. Tei says:

    This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing a quite a few shops in my tiem.

  21. aerozol says:

    Recognized that alley from one of the flashback/ hallucinatory scenes in Arkham Asylumn pretty quick.

  22. Nallen says:

    how the hell did they do that?

  23. RC-1290'Dreadnought' says:

    For a fake, its really well animated! Although I would like to see a version with less compression and a higher framerate.

  24. vash47 says:

    Very nice trailer.

  25. Mephistoau says:

    That’s a pretty amazing fake then…

  26. jonfitt says:

    Very nice.

  27. Caddrel says:

    Does anyone else think this is a fake?

  28. Moonracer says:

    was a fun watch regardless

  29. Captain Hijinx says:

    Crap.. It’s been pulled and i never got to see it :/

  30. WJonathan says:

    Oh no the towl was poisoned!