Batman survives the events of this game. So he'll fight and defeat some of the deadliest assassins on the planet, built a relationship with the police, solved many cases including the oldest Cold Case in Gotham's history. All in one night. Makes one wonder what a slow night for Batman is.
The cinematic trailer gives us, among other things, an epic one-on-one fight between Batman and Deathstroke.
Batman even managing to hold his own against Deathstroke. Generally, Deathstroke has always managed to come out on top whenever they've fought one-on-one in the comics, often needing assistance. Furthermore, Deathstroke in the comics is an Empowered Badass Normal (heightened strength, speed, and reflexes) with a Healing Factor, and has been active since Vietnam. This game features a rookie Batman; one still fairly young and new at crime-fighting. Deathstroke definitely has the advantage, and whilst Batman does make a few errors during their fight, he manages to prove himself an almost equal match for Deathstroke.
After Deadshot destroys Deathstroke's secondary sword, Deathstroke turns around and gives him a Death Glareright through his sniper scope. Given how far away from the fight Deadshot is shown to be, and that neither Batman nor Deathstroke heard the shots coming, for Deathstroke to be able to pick out his location and subtly threaten him to back off is pretty impressive.
Not only does he not hear the shots coming, from his perspective, his sword just sort of snaps in two. So there was next to no way for him figure out the trajectory of the shots. And yet...
It plays out differently in the game proper, but even the change of scenery isn't enough to detract from the awesome: after confronting the Penguin, Deathstroke appears on the boiler deck of the crime lord's ship. What follows is a fast-paced brawl that doesn't slow for a single second. Anytime you counter a strike, he'll counter it back, and if you counter the follow-up strike, he'll either take the hit, or counter one last time. Truly, Deathstroke and Batman was a fight no-one ever saw coming, but WB Games made it the perfect brawl that would not look out of place in a live-action film.
WB Games gets one for doing what Rocksteady didn't: playing as Batman but in Gotham City instead of being confined to a prison facility. As big as Arkham City is, it's only a part of Gotham. This game allows us to really see not only supervillain antics, but what Batman deals with on a nightly basis. And since Batman can return to the Batcave, we can also really get an idea how his operation works.
When entering the GCPD, Batman comes across a room filled with Branden's men. He muses to himself that he should sneak past quietly, since he wouldn't be able to handle that many armed men. Of course, you can always prove him wrong.◊
When Batman rescues Branden from the hostage situation on the Pioneer Bridge, unties him, and tells him how it's impossible to collect the bounty now that Joker's behind bars, Branden still furiously takes a swing at his head, claiming he's "got a score to settle". Batman counters him with a massive punch to the jaw, knocking him cold, and informs the other SWAT officer to keep on the straight and narrow from now on. The guy not only agrees, but is frightened enough to apologize.
After defeating T1 Bane, there is a segment of the game where Batman and Gordon fight together against a bunch of Blackgate inmates. Back-to-Back Badasses at its finest!
Gordon's Establishing Character Moment when he meets Batman face-to-face for the first time. Batman disarms him and immobilises him, and asks him to stop struggling so they can talk. All Gordon hears is a criminal telling him to stop fighting, and he just says "Never".
Before Batman disarmed him, Gordon was just waiting for the elevator. When the door opens up, revealing the Dark Knight, Gordon's first reaction is to aim his gun at him.
Batman gets a subtle one in that same scene, when he points out that the police force isn't as noble as Gordon believes:
Gordon: We've earned Gotham's respect—
Batman: If that were true, I wouldn't be here.
The penultimate battle with Bane at Blackgate Prison counts. First, in a Scripted Battle, Bane gets his Moment of Awesome by countering Batman, hoisting him above his head, and slightly breaking his back before tossing him and placing his foot on his chest. Then, after the Joker holds Lieutenant Gordon at gunpoint, and Batman gets flashbacks as clues on how to beat Bane, the muscleman says to him "May you find the peace in death that you did not find in life" before lifting his foot to strike him for the kill. That's when Batman gets his Moment of Awesome by grabbing Bane's striking foot in a Heroic Second Wind and says, "I'm not looking for peace," before unleashing the unlimited power of the Electrocutioner's Shock Gloves. After completely draining Bane's health, we get to see the Dark Knight unleash that power on the muscleman, temporarily stopping his heart to save both the Joker and Gordon. True Moment of Awesome indeed!
After three games, we finally get to have an actual combat with the true, non-enhanced Joker. Sure, it's extremely unbalanced, but it's so satisfying to finally punish Joker.
Just before that, there's the scene where Batman informs Joker that Bane is still alive. For the chronologically first time in the entire Game Series, Joker is visibly furious and declares that's not funny. Sure, he laughs it off later, but for that one glorious moment Batman managed to make the continually Laughing Mad psychopath lose his temper.
Also, the moment when Batman tells Joker "you need to learn to shut up". Not only because it actually stops the Joker dead, but the camera pans round to show the two greatest enemies in all of comic book history staring each other down for the first time, the music swelling in the background. Even if you knew nothing about Batman and Joker, you could tell, right then, those two would be destined to do this forever
Any players who actually manages to get the Twice Nightly achievement. Why? Because it not just requires you to beat the game on the highestdifficulty, but to do it with NO CONTINUES. If you can get this achievement, then you really are Batman.
After avoiding a New Year's Eve explosion in the Royal Hotel by jumping through a window and using the Batclaw to grapple onto a news helicopter, Batman drops onto a balcony full of Mooks and proceeds to beat them up, as per usual. Players, however, will find themselves observing the fight from a different camera than usual, for a brief moment; namely, the actual camera mounted on the news helicopter, broadcasting one of the first in-universe public sightings of the Batman. While slightly disorientating, watching yourself as Batman beat up criminals during an actual news broadcasting, while Vicki Vale narrates how Batman is on his way towards becoming a hero and a household name, is quite the cinematic moment.
The fact that Bruce completed his training under Master Kirigi, where one is expected to be as ruthless as possible to succeed, much less survive, whilst managing to keep his Thou Shalt Not Kill philosophy intact. This is doubly impressive, since his opponents during his training have no such objections to killing him and are actively encouraged to do it; and especially since his devotion to this also impresses Kirigi himself.
As Batman is on his way to the Gotham City Morgue, Alfred tries stopping him from going any further, giving him a What the Hell, Hero?. The badass exchange that results from this is priceless:
Alfred: You're not some hardened vigilante! You're a young man with a trust fund and too much anger; you're in over your head and I don't want this to be your end! Batman: Alfred, who do you see when you look at me? The boy whose shoes you used to tie every morning? The teenager you drove to his first date? While you are here every night, I am out there. The only thing between the innocent and the predatory! Alfred: But you may be in— Batman:[interrupts] No, not 'may be'! I am! When the mugger or the thief stops to think twice: that is fear. That is what I am. That is why they hired assassins. Because I am the reason that criminals breathe easier when the sun rises. So no, Alfred, I am NOT in over my head! Tonight will not be my end. But it will be theirs!
As a subtle Call Back / Book End to the above, after Batman suffers a Heroic Bsod due to Alfred's near-death, it's Alfred who gets him back on his feet.
Alfred: I know I haven't always been supportive of what you do...but I understand now. Go. They need you out there.
Cut to the Batwing soaring above Blackgate as it dissolves into chaos, with Batman ejecting and descending into the heart of the storm.
The reveal of Joker taking Black Mask's place. Joker was considered a nobody in Gotham, yet he was able to take over Black Mask's operation, hire eight bounty hunters to kill Batman and arguably shook up the status quo in Gotham more than Batman has. It was truly a great backstory for Batman's arch-nemesis.
One for Black Mask: Even if he was trussed up by Joker and beaten to a pulp, the fact that he still mustered the balls to threaten Joker is impressive, because not too many people can attest to threatening that psycho and living to tell about it.
Heck, not only did he do all that, as soon as he is freed, Sionis immediately goes back to rebuilding his operation, contacting his loyal henchmen, preparing to liquidate all of his drug assets to get some cash back and PERSONALLY LEADING a group to engage Batman in a fistfight. (He loses, but still.) It's worth noting that at this point, he has 6+ broken ribs plus whatever Joker did to him. And he still engaged BATMAN in a fistfight. Bravo, Sionis, bravo.
Mr. Freeze's fairly explosive and powerful entrance into Wayne Manor of all places, as shown in the Cold, Cold Heart DLC. He can be seen walking across the room with no one still alive daring to even stand up.
The massive multi-stage boss fight against Mr. Freeze. The developers clearly went out of their way to try and top Arkham City in scale and difficulty, and they did it.
Seeing Ferris Boyle, more unpleasant here than he's ever been in any other version, finally get his deserved pummeling at Batman's hands. And topped off with a paraphrased line to Heart of Ice, no less.
A more minor one for the crime scene reconstruction—Victor before the accident has usually been portrayed as a bit nervous, weak and easily cowed (such as in "Heart of Ice" where he backs down even though he's the one with the gun in his hand). When Victor can be seen demanding to know what's going on, Ferris pushes him and begins talking—and Victor rears back and socks him full in the face.
After Freeze kidnaps Boyle in the beginning, Batman is disgusted that anyone would target a great man like Boyle, and is burning with hatred for Freeze as he heads to Gotham, telling Alfred that he'll be bringing Freeze in on a gurney. But later, after discovering that Freeze is just trying to save his dying wife and that Boyle is the real monster in this scenario, Batman makes it clear in the following conversation with Alfred that he's going to make the "humanitarian" pay for what he's done.
The first performance meeting with all the assassins and the Joker is one both for the Clown Prince of Crime and Bane. Bane gets his when Joker order him to move out, where instead of following his orders, Bane instead calmly stands up and replies that he's not going anywhere. He then proceeds to throw Joker back into a chair. The Joker gets a CMOA too, because while Bane is standing up and towering over him, all Joker does is stand where he is and give Bane a wide grin. True he's easily shoved in the chair, but points to Joker for actually standing his ground.
Give Bane some awesome points for just showing a small hint of his strength, he doesn't even really throw Joker either, just kinda flexes his arm when his hand is on Joker's shoulder. Joker goes sailing back like Batman had kicked him in the stomach. Whoa.
"You want teeth, I want answers." delivered to Killer Croc, neatly summing up Batman's interrogation technique.