Amid newly unearthed allegations of sexual misconduct in their studio, developer Rocksteady Studios, best known for their work on the Arkham franchise, showed off their first new title since Batman: Arkham VR at last year’s DC FanDome event. Leaked before the event itself, the game would come to be known as Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, a co-operative shooter set in the Arkham universe where the player, as either Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark and Captain Boomerang are coerced into taking down a mind-controlled Justice League.
What was shown last year at DC FanDome has been all that’s known about the game for over a year, until today during the latest FanDome event when a new story trailer was revealed. Like the game’s initial showing, the tone of Suicide Squad couldn’t be farther from the dark and moody Arkham games, instead pushing a more playful, albeit violent, feel. Though WB Games’ other being DC game, Gotham Knights, is a reboot on their Batman franchise, Suicide Squad is very much set within Rocksteady’s established world with the latest showcase doubling down on that. It opens with the titular Asylum that’s familiar to many a player, and ends with a coke-bottle-in-his-eye Penguin.
The only member of the League seen last year was Superman, but the latest video shows off Green Lantern – John Stewart in this universe – and the Flash, with a few glimpses of what appears to be Wonder Woman’s sword tearing through Brainiac’s minions. The Justice League crafted for Suicide Squad very much fits within the universe that Rocksteady has been playing in for over 12 years ago now, and they almost steal the spotlight from the playable characters. After seeing them in action, it’s hard to not want to control them over the likes of the four villains Rocksteady has chosen as their leads.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League right now still only has a 2022 release window and will be available for the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series family of consoles and PC.