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The Villains of “Batman: Arkham Asylum”

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The Villains of “Batman: Arkham Asylum”

Official Press Release

In Batman: Arkham Asylum (Available on August 25th), Batman’s greatest foes have trapped the DARK KNIGHT, and are conspiring to take him down once and for all!

In the new Villains Trailer, Eidos Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment showcase Batman’s most ferocious and infamous fiends, who have trapped Batman inside the dark and dangerous confines of Gotham City’s asylum for the mentally insane -Arkham Asylum!

The video, coupled with a set of detailed images and character profiles, highlights some of the gorgeous and grotesque enemies that Batman will face in Batman: Arkham Asylum; Bane, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Mr. Zsasz, Poison Ivy and of course, the Joker await Batman inside the walls of this expansive and foreboding facility.

BANE

REAL NAME: Unknown

OCCUPATION: Professional criminal

BASE OF OPERATIONS: Gotham City

EYES: Brown (when on Venom: Green)

HAIR: Brown

HEIGHT: 5 ft 6 in (when on Venom: 6 ft 8 in)

WEIGHT: 140 lb (when on Venom: 350 lb)

FIRST APPEARANCE: Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January , 1993)

Imprisoned from birth to serve his dead father’s sentence, Bane was raised inside the horrific environs of a Santa Prisca prison. Finding solace in smuggled book and meditation, he developed incredible powers of concentration. When he was subjected to military experiments with the experimental steroid Venom, his iron-forged will helped him survive when other test subjects had died, and he manage to escape. Determined to prove his worth, he sought out Batman and broke the Dark Knight’s spine. But Batman recovered and managed to best Bane, cutting off the precious Venom supply that transforms Bane into a superhuman.

Attributes:

Master strategist

Intense focus

Abnormally strong reaction to Venom, giving him incredibly enhanced physical abilities

Determined to best Batman, and all others who challenge him

HARLEY QUINN

REAL NAME: Dr. Harleen Quinzel

OCCUPATION: Professional criminal

BASE OF OPERATIONS: Gotham City

EYES: Blue

HAIR: Blonde

HEIGHT: 5 ft 7 in

WEIGHT: 140 lbs

FIRST APPEARANCE: Batman: Harley Quinn #1 (October 1999)

An Arkham Asylum psychiatrist assigned to treat The Joker, Dr. Harleen Quinzel instead became obsessively fixated on her patient, believing herself to be in love with him. She helped him escape confinement and took on her own criminal identity as Harley Quinn. Quinn is a violent and unpredictable felon whose only motivation, beyond general mayhem, is achieving The Joker’s approval. Because of his cruel and mercurial nature, this in some ways makes her just another of his victims-albeit it a very dangerous one.

Attributes:

Surprising strength and stamina

Superior gymnastic skills

Total disregard for human life

Like The Joker, she is a homicidal psychotic who escapes easy classification

KILLER CROC

REAL NAME: Waylon Jones

OCCUPATION: Alligator Wrestler, Gangster, Murderer

BASE OF OPERATIONS: Mobile

EYES: Red

HAIR: None

HEIGHT: 9 ft

WEIGHT: 310 lbs

FIRST APPEARANCE: Batman #357 (January 1984)

Born with a rare mutation that made his skin green and scaly, and grew his body to grotesque proportions, Waylon Jones was raised by an alcoholic aunt and bullied relentlessly for his appearance. He briefly worked as a carnival freak under the name Killer Croc, but his misanthropy grew as did his bestial nature, pushing him to a life of crime. As his physical condition and mental state deteriorate, Killer Croc becomes a more bestial foe, increasingly detached from humanity.

Attributes:

Killer Croc has incredibly thick, tough skin and razor-sharp teeth and claws

An expert wrestler, his strength and stamina are at a near-superhuman level

Heightened senses, and extremely fast reflexes

Able to survive in water for extended periods of time

An intense hatred of humanity

MR. ZSASZ

REAL NAME: Victor Zsasz

OCCUPATION: Professional criminal

BASE OF OPERATIONS: Gotham City

EYES: Blue

HAIR: Blond

HEIGHT: 5 ft 8 in

WEIGHT: 150 lb

FIRST APPEARANCE: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 (June, 1992)

A true sociopath, Zsasz grew up in a life of ease but nonetheless became a serial killer. Indiscriminate in his prey, body count is the only thing that matters to Zsasz. He carves a mark for each of his victims into his own body, and is saving a special spot for the Batman.

Attributes:

Sociopath with no regard for human life

No pattern of killing, making him difficult to track

Compulsive need to kill others

POISON IVY

REAL NAME: Pamela Lillian Isley

OCCUPATION: Professional Criminal

BASE OF OPERATIONS: Gotham City

EYES: Green

HAIR: Red

HEIGHT: 5 ft 8 in

WEIGHT: 115 lb

FIRST APPEARANCE: Batman #181 (June, 1966)

Botanist Pamela Isley was transformed by a science experiment gone wrong into a plant-human hybrid. With chlorophyll flowing through her veins instead of blood, she developed a toxic touch and a pheromone-fueled talent for seduction. Her crimes have become more ecologically focused as she has increasingly abandoned her human side, identifying more with the natural world. Her unique brand of eco-terrorism often puts her into conflict with Batman, whose iron will usually protects him from her seductive powers.

Attributes:

An ability to encourage and direct the grow of all plant life

Plant genes mixed in with her DNA make her an unpredictable and formidable physical opponent

Exudes natural pheromones that enable her to exert control over victims

Skin secretes a toxin that can make her touch deadly

Pathological drive to rid the world of humanity and make it safe for plant life

THE JOKER

REAL NAME: Unknown

OCCUPATION: Professional Criminal

Base of Operations: Gotham City

EYES: Green

HAIR: Green

HEIGHT: 6 ft

WEIGHT: 160 lb

FIRST APPEARANCE: Batman #1 (Spring 1940)

An insanely homicidal super-villain, the Joker’s white skin, green hair, and blood-red lips belie the chaotic nature underlying his cartoonish appearance. The self-styled Clown Prince of Crime has no superpowers, beyond a capacity for incredible violence and a skill at creating deadly mayhem. He frequently concocts elaborate schemes to entrap his arch nemesis, Batman.

Attributes:

Unrepentant homicidal maniac, albeit without a precise psychological diagnosis

Surprisingly strong hand-to-hand combatant

His past is unknown; conflicting, unconfirmed reports state that he was a failed comedian, a petty thief, and a broken family man

Employs various deadly weapons, often based on party-gag items

Frequently uses a toxin that stretches victim’s face into a Joker-like grin and causes death

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