Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Many have misquoted or misinterpreted Mark Hamill as saying this game will be the last time he plays The Joker. He clarified that what he meant was he wouldn't continue playing The Joker if he felt that he couldn't top his performance, he wanted to leave on a high note.
That said, this would seem to suggest that he has no plans to play the Joker again in the future.
Alternately, it could be talking about Joker's death at the end of the game.
Then there is the fact that Endgame shows his body being cremated. As if telling the fans "he isn't coming back".
Grey DeLisle is Catwoman, Vicki Vale, Stacy Baker, and takes over as Martha Wayne from Tasia Valenza. note Like Tara Strong, she did voices in the DCAU incarnation of Batman (she, along with the returning Tasia Valenza voiced the two servant girls sent to look after Max in the second part of "Curse of the Kobra" on Batman Beyond), The Batman (most notably, Robin's mother and a Gender Flipped version of Vulture of the Terrible Trio), and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Black Canary).
The Other Darrin: Tara Strong replaces Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn, David Kaye replaces Tom Kane as Commissioner Gordon, and Grey DeLisle replaces Tasia Valenza as Martha Wayne. The latter two are perplexing since, as noted above, Tom and Tasia returned from the first game to reprise the respective roles of Quincy Sharp and Poison Ivy.
In an interview, director Sefton Hill said they wanted to include a reference to the infamous Bat-Shark Repellent Spray from the Adam West seriesnote Reportedly, when confronted by "Tiny" in the Iceberg Lounge, Batman would break out the repellent... then open it up to reveal a set of brass knuckles, but ended up nixing it because they felt it was a Level Breaker. There's still a subtle reference; if you get killed by the shark, one of the possible hints reminds you to remember Batman's shark repellent: a flurry of blows to drive it off.
In one room, you can listen to the Riddler mutter about ways to take down Batman, and ponders taking Penguin's shark, only to say that there are "too many variables", and that Batman likely has some sort of "shark contingency".
The plot itself borrows ideas from Knightfall and No Man's Land, among other famous Batman stories. A lot of the Joker/Batman dynamic is reminiscent of The Killing Joke.
Arkham City was released the same day as Animated Adaptation of Batman: Year One and shares a lot of the same voice talent: Grey DeLisle (Catwoman, Vicki Vale, Stacy Baker, Martha Wayne) is Barbara Eileen-Gordon and Vicki Vale, Steve Blum (Killer Croc and Sickle) is Stan, Fred Tatasciore (Bane, Solomon Grundy and Mr. Hammer) is Arnold Flass and Johnny Vitti, and Danny Jacobs (Victor Zsasz) is Flass's lawyer.