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* ExecutiveMeddling: Producers forced Creator/KevinConroy to use his regular speaking voice for this game. He'd go back to using his trademark gruff Batman voice in the two sequels.

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* EndOfAnEra: To date, this is the final time Arleen Sorkin has voiced Harley Quinn. Following this, she has mainly been voiced by Creator/TaraStrong, with other actresses like Creator/HyndenWalch, Creator/LauraBailey, Melissa Rauch, Kaley Cuoco, among others.

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** The ''VideoGame/CaptainAmericaSuperSoldier'' game copies this game's basic fighting engine (though not quite as well), with a counter, dodge, stun, and attack button. It also tries to copy the Metroidvania style layout, but to less success. Still, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...
** The movie-licensed game based on ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' 2012 film goes further in copying Arkham Asylum. In addition to having the same combat system as Arkham Asylum, there are also patient interview tapes (redubbed "audio evidence tapes") and a level where Spider-Man rescues doctors from escaped patients in an asylum. The devs openly admit they used Arkham Asylum's combat because they felt it was a good fit for Spider-Man.
** ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' drew its combat from the Arkham games, and they also sought to make a licensed product entirely separate from the movies and more suited to the videogame medium, which they saw ''Arkham Asylum'' as an example of it being done right.
** The combat system in the ''VideoGame/MadMax2015'' licensed game was frequently compared to the combat in this game.
** In a less flattering example, ''VideoGame/RideToHellRetribution'' used a greatly simplified version of the combat system.


* RoleReprisal: From ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Creator/KevinConroy reprises the roles of Batman and Thomas Wayne, Creator/MarkHamill reprises the role of the Joker, and Creator/ArleenSorkin reprises the role of Harley Quinn.

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From ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Creator/KevinConroy reprises the roles of Batman and Thomas Wayne, Creator/MarkHamill reprises the role of the Joker, and Creator/ArleenSorkin reprises the role of Harley Quinn.


* ActorAllusion: Creator/{{WallyWingert}}'s voice for the Riddler isn't too far off from the one he used to play Mysterio in the game of ''Spider-Man 2''.


*** From the WesternAnimation/DCAnimatedUniverse: Pierre Hatet as the Joker, Jean-Claude Sachot as Commissioner Gordon and Bane, Vincent Violette as Scarecrow, and Bruno Dubernat as Killer Croc.

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*** From the WesternAnimation/DCAnimatedUniverse: Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse: Pierre Hatet as the Joker, Jean-Claude Sachot as Commissioner Gordon and Bane, Vincent Violette as Scarecrow, and Bruno Dubernat as Killer Croc.


* ActorAllusion: Wally Wingert's voice for the Riddler isn't too far off from the one he used to play Mysterio in the game of ''Spider-Man 2''.

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* ActorAllusion: Wally Wingert's Creator/{{WallyWingert}}'s voice for the Riddler isn't too far off from the one he used to play Mysterio in the game of ''Spider-Man 2''.


*** In the French dub, several voice actors from previous adaptations reprised their roles here:

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*** ** In the French dub, several voice actors from previous adaptations reprised their roles here:



** From ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': In addition to the Joker and Gordon, Adrien Antoine as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

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** *** From ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': In addition to the Joker and Gordon, Adrien Antoine as Batman/Bruce Wayne.


** In the French dub, several voice actors from previous adaptations reprised their roles here:
** From the WesternAnimation/DCAnimatedUniverse: Pierre Hatet as the Joker, Jean-Claude Sachot as Commissioner Gordon and Bane, Vincent Violette as Scarecrow, and Bruno Dubernat as Killer Croc.

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** *** In the French dub, several voice actors from previous adaptations reprised their roles here:
** *** From the WesternAnimation/DCAnimatedUniverse: Pierre Hatet as the Joker, Jean-Claude Sachot as Commissioner Gordon and Bane, Vincent Violette as Scarecrow, and Bruno Dubernat as Killer Croc.

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* ActorAllusion: Wally Wingert's voice for the Riddler isn't too far off from the one he used to play Mysterio in the game of ''Spider-Man 2''.


* Enter the Visitor Center. Check out the Joker statue, turn away, and look back. It's posed differently now!
** [[spoiler: Maybe that's because it's not really a statue...]]
** The same thing happens to Clayface in his cell; when you rescue the Warden, make a trip down to the cell and he'll look just like Sharp, and if you talk to him he'll claim you saved an imposter. Turn away, and you'll hear him shape-shift; a look back reveals he's turned into Commissioner Gordon.
*** A clue that Clayface isn't who he claims to be: if you look at him in detective mode, you can't see his skeleton.
** Also, after you find Ra's al Ghul, be sure to stop by the morgue again later that night; his body will have disappeared.


* RoleReprisal: From ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Creator/KevinConroy reprises the roles of Batman and Thomas Wayne, Creator/MarkHamill reprises the role of the Joker, and Arleen Sorkin reprises the role of Harley Quinn.

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* RoleReprisal: From ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Creator/KevinConroy reprises the roles of Batman and Thomas Wayne, Creator/MarkHamill reprises the role of the Joker, and Arleen Sorkin Creator/ArleenSorkin reprises the role of Harley Quinn.

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** In the French dub, several voice actors from previous adaptations reprised their roles here:
** From the WesternAnimation/DCAnimatedUniverse: Pierre Hatet as the Joker, Jean-Claude Sachot as Commissioner Gordon and Bane, Vincent Violette as Scarecrow, and Bruno Dubernat as Killer Croc.
** From ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': In addition to the Joker and Gordon, Adrien Antoine as Batman/Bruce Wayne.


** As noted before, Creator/TomKane is Commissioner Gordon and Quincy Sharp, and Mark Hamill is the Joker and Scarface.
** Steve Blum voices many incidental voices, so this is expected. It's first noticeable in the introductory sequence with the doctor yelling at a guard to take the Joker away after the Joker offends the doctor by offering to drop his pants.

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** As noted before, Creator/TomKane is Commissioner Gordon and Quincy Sharp, and Mark Hamill is the Joker and Scarface.
** Steve Blum Creator/SteveBlum voices many incidental voices, so this is expected. It's first noticeable in the introductory sequence with the doctor yelling at a guard to take the Joker away after the Joker offends the doctor by offering to drop his pants.


* CrossDressingVoices: Kimberley Brooks voices Young!Bruce. Yes, you heard right, [[Franchise/MassEffect Ashley f'n Williams]] was the goddamn Batman.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** From ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Creator/KevinConroy reprises the roles of Batman and Thomas Wayne, Creator/MarkHamill reprises the role of the Joker, and Arleen Sorkin reprises the role of Harley Quinn.
** Creator/TomKane is Commissioner Gordon, Quincy Sharp, and the Spirit of Arkham.
** Kimberly Brooks ([[Franchise/MassEffect Ashley Williams]]) is Oracle, young Bruce Wayne, and Dr. Cassidy.
** Adrienne Barbeau ([[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Catwoman]]) is Dr. Whistler.
** Creator/CreeSummer is Dr. Young.
** Tasia Valenza ([[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Sniper Wolf]]) is Poison Ivy and Martha Wayne.
** Creator/SteveBlum is Killer Croc.
** Creator/FredTatasciore is Bane.
** Creator/WallyWingert is the Riddler.
** Dino Andrade ([[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Ragou]]) is the Scarecrow. He was also the husband of the late Creator/MaryKayBergman, who voiced Batgirl in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero''.
** Danny Jacobs ([[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar King Julien]]) is Victor Zsasz and Frank Boyles.
** James Horan ([[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Wheeljack]]) is Jack Ryder.
** Duane R. Shepard, Sr. ([[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Stew]]) is Aaron Cash.
** Creator/RickDWasserman is young Jim Gordon.
** Roger Rose ([[WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow Doctor Strange]], [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Superman]], [[VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance Vision]]) is William North.
** Creator/ChrisCox is Eddie Burlow.
* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: ''Arkham Asylum'' was going to be a rhythm game, where the fight scenes would become upbeat 2D dance scenes and you would have to press the right colored buttons on cue, almost like in ''VideoGame/RockBand''. This whole idea came from these two stories from [[http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2009/10/02/news_2f00_batmanarkhamasylumtidbits.aspx the developers]] and from director [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130114065406/http://www.computerandvideogames.com/214519/blog/batman-started-life-as-a-rhythm-action-game/?site=psm Sefton Hill]]. You can still see traces of this in the freeflow combat sections, which do feel rather like a rhythm game at points.[[note]] You can mash like hell during fight sequences and do alright, but the game rewards you with stronger attacks and more XP for timing your strikes, not getting hit, and not whiffing on attacks, which requires a more methodical, rhythmic pace of attack.[[/note]]

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* CrossDressingVoices: Kimberley Brooks Creator/KimberlyBrooks voices Young!Bruce. Yes, you heard right, [[Franchise/MassEffect Ashley f'n Williams]] was the goddamn Batman.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** From ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Creator/KevinConroy reprises the roles of Batman and Thomas Wayne, Creator/MarkHamill reprises the role of the Joker, and Arleen Sorkin reprises the role of Harley Quinn.
** Creator/TomKane is Commissioner Gordon, Quincy Sharp, and the Spirit of Arkham.
** Kimberly Brooks ([[Franchise/MassEffect Ashley Williams]]) is Oracle, young Bruce Wayne, and Dr. Cassidy.
** Adrienne Barbeau ([[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Catwoman]]) is Dr. Whistler.
** Creator/CreeSummer is Dr. Young.
** Tasia Valenza ([[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Sniper Wolf]]) is Poison Ivy and Martha Wayne.
** Creator/SteveBlum is Killer Croc.
** Creator/FredTatasciore is Bane.
** Creator/WallyWingert is the Riddler.
** Dino Andrade ([[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Ragou]]) is the Scarecrow. He was also the husband of the late Creator/MaryKayBergman, who voiced Batgirl in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero''.
** Danny Jacobs ([[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar King Julien]]) is Victor Zsasz and Frank Boyles.
** James Horan ([[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Wheeljack]]) is Jack Ryder.
** Duane R. Shepard, Sr. ([[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Stew]]) is Aaron Cash.
** Creator/RickDWasserman is young Jim Gordon.
** Roger Rose ([[WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow Doctor Strange]], [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold Superman]], [[VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance Vision]]) is William North.
** Creator/ChrisCox is Eddie Burlow.
* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: ''Arkham Asylum'' was going to be a rhythm game, RhythmGame, where the fight scenes would become upbeat 2D dance scenes and you would have to press the right colored buttons on cue, almost like in ''VideoGame/RockBand''. This whole idea came from these two stories from [[http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2009/10/02/news_2f00_batmanarkhamasylumtidbits.aspx the developers]] and from director [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130114065406/http://www.computerandvideogames.com/214519/blog/batman-started-life-as-a-rhythm-action-game/?site=psm Sefton Hill]]. You can still see traces of this in the freeflow combat sections, which do feel rather like a rhythm game at points.[[note]] You can mash like hell during fight sequences and do alright, but the game rewards you with stronger attacks and more XP for timing your strikes, not getting hit, and not whiffing on attacks, which requires a more methodical, rhythmic pace of attack.[[/note]]


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* RoleReprisal: From ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Creator/KevinConroy reprises the roles of Batman and Thomas Wayne, Creator/MarkHamill reprises the role of the Joker, and Arleen Sorkin reprises the role of Harley Quinn.

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