SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Batman #58, by Tom King, Mikel Janin, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
In comics, it’s hardly uncommon for characters to change aesthetically, be it a minor tweak or a massive overhaul. In some cases, as we recently saw with Batman, it’s done to help signify a change in the character’s status quo. In others, it’s done to help bring a character more visually in line with their big or small screen counterpart.
However, in the case of Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin in Batman #58, the update appears to be inspired by Rocksteady Studios’ wildly popular Arkhamverse video games.
After yet another failed attempt at besting the Dark Knight, Penguin is sent back through the revolving doors of Arkham Asylum. This time, though, the guard performing his intake informs him that due to a lice outbreak, they’ll need to shave his head.
Admittedly, it’s a relatively minor change to the character’s look. However, fans of the aforementioned Arkhamverse will surely recognize the similarities between the newly chrome-domed Penguin and the version of Cobblepot that was first introduced in 2011’s Arkham City, which many fans consider to be the most popular game in the franchise.
Of course, with Penguin out of Arkham by the time the issue ends, whether he'll choose to keep his sleek new look remains to be seen.