Okay, this is my second time playing through AK. My first time, I had to stop because my PCs graphics card was like “bro, I can’t even” (I was about to finish the Ridddler quest and activate the final ending). And since I’m replaying it, I’ve been thinking a lot about the ending. The actual ending. What happens?
Oh nothing, just Batman gets unmasked by Commissioner Gordan (honestly, I found that to be kind of poetic), retires from the ole’ cape and tights game, then (along with Alfred) gets blown up in his mansion.
A lot of people say Batman is alive (the ending scene of a “bat man” going after bad dudes is supposed evidence of this). But I…I don’t think that. In fact, I truly believe Bruce Wayne, Mister Tall Pale and Brooding, is as dead as the Joker.
Hear me out. Here’s my reasons:
- During the game, I found it odd that Batman denied Nightwing and Robin’s help. While it could be explained as “Batman wanting to keep people he loved out of harms” I don’t believe that’s entirely it. I fully believe Batman knew he would die during, or after, defeating Scarecrow. He knew Scarecrow would come back to Gotham with an army. And he did.
(Side note that has nothing to do with theory: if Batman didn’t think he was gonna die, I believe he knew he’d retire after dealing w/ Scarecrow. As if he saw Scarecrow as The Final Boss™️. I mean with Joker dead and Scarecrow taken care of, the police could really handle every other villain. Mr. Freeze likely gave up crime because of his wife, Bane is in Santa Prisca dealing with the mafia, and Riddler well… I haven’t completed that quest yet. Everyone says thank you Dell. Literally, all there is left is guys like Penguin and Two Face who are arguably fairly easy to deal with)
Rocksteady, and by extension, Warned Bros has the guts to kill Joker. They’d kill Batman. Because why not? There’s been rumors of another batman game in the works supposedly set after AK and involving the POVs of other Batfamily members in the main storyline.
Having the OG Batman dead opens the doors for a certain comic book storyline that would be interesting to see play out in a game. Battle for the Cowl anyone? Or mayhaps, a Richard Batman? Or…OR a Damian Batman. Or even Azarel.
Yes, it seems odd that Alfred asks Bruce “you sure about this?” Before the McMansion of Waynedom explores. I don’t think this id odd. I think this is Alfred basically saying, “you really giving up the ol’ cape and tights game, just like that? No going back?” Because lets be honest, Bats don’t just… stop doing something. I mean, unless it’s having a sidekick. Right Jason? (Sorry, too soon?)
(Diet theory: Bruce retired from the ol’ cape and tights game because of being jokerized. If he continued being Batman, could he really have stopped himself from going full Joker and beating someone with a crow bar? Yes, he subconsciously locked Joker away, but one does not merely lock away and/or get rid of Joker.)
Anyways, that’s my theory… my GAME theory. Thanks for reading! What do you think?