Rocksteady has revealed why they wanted to include Robin in Batman: Arkham City and that the controversial sidekick won’t follow the familiar archetype which has gotten so many fans riled.
“We wanted to create a Robin that players would identify as a contemporary character and move away from the traditional “Boy Wonder” image that most people know,” explained senior concept artist, Kan Mutfic.
“Our vision of Robin is the one of a troubled young individual that is calm and introverted at times but very dangerous and aggressive if provoked. The shaved head is inspired by cage fighters, because we thought that Robin might be doing that in his spare time to keep him on his toes. Still, we kept all the classic trademarks of Robin’s appearance, such as the red and yellow colors of his outfit, the cape and the mask”
“We really hope that people will discover our Robin as one of their new favorite characters in the Batman universe. He is back and he means business,” he added.
It seems obvious that Rocksteady are trying to create their own darker version of Robin, or at least one that’s more in-line with his older alter-ego Nightwing.
Whatever the case, the developers behind Batman: Arkham Asylum have already shown that they have a knack at successfully updating the characters of DC’s most popular comic book series and we see no reason why the much-maligned Boy Wonder will prove any different.
Batman: Arkham City launches in October.
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