Rocksteady Studios had their hands full in the early 2010s developing the core entries of the Batman: Arkham series for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The franchise was critically acclaimed, highly influential, and adored by Batman fans who saw the games as true to the source material while providing an incredibly engaging storyline. The series began with a bang with Batman: Arkham Asylum and ended on a high note with Batman: Arkham Knight.
After the final installment to the Batman: Arkham franchise was released, fans started to speculate that Rocksteady was working on another DC-inspired video game based on Superman. Easter eggs referring to the last son of Krypton can be found all over Batman: Arkham Knight. As it turns out, the fans were correct that Rocksteady was in the process of developing a Superman game. Unfortunately for comic book fans, that game ended up getting canceled because, well, Superman is hard to pull off in video game form.
On the bright side, Rocksteady had another game based on a DC property in development and during the DC FanDome event in summer 2020 that game was revealed to be Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. DC Comic chief creative officer Geoff Johns announced that there would be a “hardcore violent” Suicide Squad game from Warner Bros. Interactive as early as July 2010. The team of villains wasn’t a recognizable ensemble until the release of the movie Suicide Squad (2016).
Even though the movie was considered by most critics to be hot garbage, it successfully put the Suicide Squad on the map and in every Hot Topic store in every mall ever. The team is also getting a new treatment with creative direction from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. The Suicide Squad is set to premiere in summer 2021 and may help build up hype for Rocksteady’s game even though it looks like the two won’t have anything in common based on the game’s trailer.
The first trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League shows Brainiac attacking Metropolis with help from fleets of artifically intelligent soldiers. Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, and Captain Boomerang are the four playable characters that make up Task Force X. They are directed by Amanda Waller to infiltrate the “Alpha Target” among the hordes of Brainiac’s minions. During all of the fighting and destruction, the “Alpha Target” is revealed to be Superman, who is being telepathically controlled by Brainiac.
Based on the title of the game, it is assumed that the entire Justice League is under Brainiac’s control and that the Suicide Squad may have to face every single one from Superman to Aquaman to Wonder Woman and beyond. It is possible that Batman will make an appearance in the game given that it is set in the universe established by the Batman: Arkham franchise. It depends on if Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League takes place before or after the events of Batman: Arkham Knight, which ends with the apparent death of the dark knight. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how story events from the “Arkhamverse” will play a role in the story.
The game will be an action-adventure shooter based in an open world Metropolis that will be released for Windows, PS5, and Xbox Series X. As the player, you have the option of playing through the game solo or with four person co-op.
There haven’t been any other details revealed about Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League since its announcement at DC FanDome. For now, we can only theorize as to how the Suicide Squad will manage to defeat the brainwashed heroes until the game gets released in 2022.