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  • Blooper: Due to the way the challenge mode character selector was implemented (Quickly in a patch), the predator mode enemy chatter can make some mistakes, such as mentioning the "Bat" even if you are not playing as him, and sometimes even the wrong gender pronouns. This is rare, however.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Not rampantly so, but more so than previous games. Namely, Ashley Greene and Jonathan Banks both make their video game debut, both being more known as TV/movie actors.
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  • Descended Creator: Everyone in Pauli's diner except the culprit who releases the fear-toxin is based on one of the game's creators. Yes, Rocksteady's staff got their kicks by massacring themselves in the game's opening encounter.
  • Development Hell: If Kevin Conroy can be believed, the game was delayed several times before it was officially announced.note  Batman: Arkham Knight was officially announced on March 4, 2014 and was originally intended to be released on October 14, 2014. Soon after, rumors began surfacing online that it was being delayed to 2015, which was officially confirmed by Rocksteady on June 3, 2014, with it's new release date of June 2, 2015 being confirmed on September 9. Then on March 23, 2015, it was delayed another three weeks to June 23, nearly four years after Batman: Arkham City. The reason being that Rocksteady needed more time to develop the game because they were not entirely familiar with the Next-Gen toolkit and wanted to push the game to perform to its high ambitions (No loading times and a large map). This was also a reason for the PC Porting Disaster since Rocksteady's attention entirely went towards the console release and hardware.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Several people correctly speculated that the plot of Arkham Knight would involve a power-vacuum after the death of the Joker, based solely on the ending to Arkham City and that Scarecrow would be the Big Bad based on his hidden room in Falcone Shipping.
    • Regarding the Joker, two sets of theories came up regarding his fate. One set of fans believed that the character was completely dead and would be exempt from Joker Immunity or being resurrected somehow, and the other set of fans believed the same, but were under the impression that the character would be seen in hallucinations and flashbacks. Both groups were correct.
    • A lot of people correctly predicted that the Arkham Knight's true identity was the Arkham-verse's version of Jason Todd.
    • It was also widely speculated that the climax would happen at Arkham Asylum.
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    • Many people figured out that it was John Noble who voiced Scarecrow before the official reveal.
  • Jossed:
    • The opening cutscene shows Joker's corpse being cremated; Rocksteady bigwig Sefton Hill admitted at E3 2015 that this was done entirely to demonstrate to fans that Joker was Killed Off for Real and wouldn't be coming back, either as himself or the Arkham Knight. Not alive, anyway - he shows up in flashbacks and as a hallucination.
    • Many people thought that the Arkham Knight would be the Big Bad since his name is also the name of the game. This was not the case, and Sefton Hill confirmed that the villain was named after the game, not the other way around.
  • Lying Creator:
    • Played straight with the Arkham Knight's identity. Rocksteady has said throughout the time leading to the release that the Arkham Knight was a completely original character. In reality, his true identity is Jason "Robin II/Red Hood II" Todd under a never-before-seen identity.
    • Inverted with The Joker's Killed Off for Real status. Despite Word of God confirming it several times, absolutely no one believed them. It turned out to be true. The Joker does appear in the game, but as a malicious Spirit Advisor, and not in a physical form.
  • No Dub for You: Averted for the Japanese dub of this game, as it will be the first game of the Arkham series featuring one.
  • The Original Darrin: Not only did Kevin Conroy return as Batman, but so did Steve Blum as Killer Croc after the character was voiced by Khary Payton in Origins and Mark Hamill came back as the Joker. Likewise after Batman: Assault on Arkham saw the characters recast with Jennifer Hale, Matthew Grey Gulber, and Hynden Walch in the respective roles, Knight sees the return of Tasia Valenza as Poison Ivy, Wally Wingert as the Riddler, and a version with Tara Strong as Harley.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Playing Against Type: Aside from being a Cool Old Guy, Commissioner Gordon is nothing like the type of characters Jonathan Banks is known for. And not only does he survive the entire ordeal, the 100% ending reveals he's successfully run for mayor of Gotham.
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  • Prop Recycling: Besides the obvious reused assets from past games, the rocket-propelled grenades that carjackers will fire at the Batmobile during chase sequences are actually Deadshot's shell casings from Arkham City. However, because they move so quickly you can only really tell in Photo Mode.
  • Refitted for Sequel: The game draws influence from Batman Unchained of all things, the unmade Joel Schumacher sequel to Batman & Robin. The story in question featured Harley Quinn and Scarecrow as the main antagonists, it involved many characters in the Bat-Family, and it featured Joker prominently in a number of hallucination sequences.
    • During development of Batman: Arkham Origins, Warner Bros. Montreal stated they wanted to include air drones, but couldn't figure out the best way to make it work in gameplay.
  • Role Reprisal; In the Japanese dub of the game, Keiji Fujiwara reprise his role as The Joker from the Japanese dubs of both The Dark Knight and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, despite being from different continuities.
  • Talking to Himself: Kevin Conroy voices both Batman and his evil double Hush.
  • Torch the Franchise and Run: One possible interpretation of the ending, given how Rocksteady has said that this will be the last Batman game they will make. Batman is forced to reveal is his secret identity to the world, and in response to this activates the Knightfall Protocol, which involves blowing up Wayne Manor and the Batcave, seemingly killing Bruce and Alfred with it. While it's left ambiguous if Bruce and Alfred are actually killed, and the 100% ending shows a shadowy Batman-like figure continuing to protect Gotham, the fact remains that it would be very difficult to continue making games in this continuity while keeping up at least a semblance of the traditional Batman mythos, clearing the slate for a reboot in the manner of The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Troubled Production: The above near Development Hell can go under here, but the PC port in particular needs mentioning. Not only was it outsourced to a completely new developer, but also had only 12 people working on it.
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