Recently, David Hego, the game’s art director and lead character artist Albert Feliu sat down with GameInformer to talk about the Batman: Arkham Knight villains that they are developing.
They also discussed how they will evolve them in order to keep the audience interested even though we will be seeing the characters for the third time at least.
First off, there’s Penguin – again. As you can see from the image below, the concept of Penguin at Rocksteady is not how you have seen him in the past comics. He is filthier, dirtier and comes with a thuggish look. Feliu did accept that they didn’t make him as sordid as he was in Batman Returns but he has got his fair share, no doubt in that.
We took the coat off, and the concept of Penguin was more of a dirty dude. Obviously his shirt is rolled up and sweaty, and he has food stains on it. But still, he’s really powerful. He’s got a golden chain, as well. We had to be a bit crazy with this character, and working with his design. And we shaved his head. He’s proper filthy, you know. It makes you want to punch him even more.
Second up on the list is none other than Harvey Dent aka Two Face. The character that took the fall when half of his face was burnt giving him the two-faced visage.
What you see in his clothing is a reflection of his half burnt self; the clothes are all charcoal on the left side – just like his face. They say that the character was already strong so they didn’t need to change much about him.
We just rolled up his sleeves and made him look really next-gen. We took some references of really filthy, burnt flesh – which is what we do most of the time, which is quite cool – and tried to make him look as badass as we could.
The third, and last of the Batman: Arkham Knight villains discussed by the developers was The Riddler.
We haven’t seen him much in the previous game, he has really been mysterious. However, this changes when he joins the ranks of Batman: Arkham Knight enemies. He will now get more screen time and come out as a visible part of the cast.
In addition to that, his character will evolve just like Bruce Wayne’s does.
In Arkham City, you never really saw him that much. This time around, you see him throughout the game, and he evolves. If you had to work overtime, for example, you would start the night with your jumper on and everything, and as the time went by you’d probably take your jumper off, open your shirt, take your tie off, have a coffee.
The Riddler is a character who has a cool framework, and we didn’t want to change it too much – we like his shirts with question marks and silly glasses and greasy hair.
So, what do you think about the Batman” Arkham Knight enemies?