The clown prince of crime is back! After meeting his demise in Batman: Arkham City, a new version of the infamous character will be playable in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, and King Shark will meet their new unhinged partner in the first season of many planned episodic releases that are set to arrive after the game launches. Better yet, Rocksteady promises this is only the beginning of many surprises to come while also giving us a slight glimpse into a multiversal future.
That's right, exploration of other worlds will be a core mechanic of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. It shouldn't come as a surprise since most players didn't expect Rocksteady to kill its entire universe of superheroes in one single video game. Now that we know that the Arkhamverse is just one of many different realities that will be explored, it could be the perfect chance to include alternate versions of characters that meet their demise in the game's story. But even if that shines a slim light of optimism for Rocksteady's universe of heroes, it also reveals a terrifying truth about its villains; If one of them dies, infinite different versions are waiting to attack again. Case in point: the new Joker.
Perhaps the most notorious difference right away is that this new version of the character isn't voiced by Mark Hamill, which may be a letdown for many. Even still, it may have proved to be the right decision to make this Joker completely different from what came before him. His moveset revolves around traveling with a rocket-powered umbrella, using a walking stick to deal melee strikes, and, of course, using ranged weapons to shoot enemies down. The best part is that players won't have to wait long to play as the clown prince of crime, since he'll be released alongside Season 1 of the post-campaign content in March, just one month after the base game hits shelves.
Whether you're fully on board with the game or not, it's exciting to know the Joker will be one of its playable characters. However, Rocksteady won't stop there. The latest insider episode of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League also offered a glimpse into what to expect from future characters. Better yet, thanks to Miller Ross on Twitter, we know for a fact who they are going to be. But before we dive into that, here are the final spoiler-free reveals from the third insider episode:
1. Seasonal content is free
The in-game shop will be for cosmetics only. New missions and characters won't be locked behind a paywall.
2. Brainiac's plan
Brainiac is creating "new worlds in alternate realities" to try and recreate Colu, the homeworld that he lost.
3. The Daily Planet will undergo a major design change with the Joker's arrival
4. Jason Isaacs will play Brainiac
We finally know who will be the man responsible for bringing Brainiac to life in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and it is none other than famous Hollywood actor Jason Isaacs.
Last, but certainly not least, we have to talk about who else will be joining the Squad after the new Joker.
In case you want to be surprised by Rocksteady's official announcement regarding upcoming playable characters, it would be fitting to turn back and not keep reading past this point. There will be spoilers ahead.
Still here? Great, because we have three upcoming new characters to go over, and those are:
While we don't have an expected release date from any character other than the Joker, it's exciting to know players will be able to become one of the best assassins ever and step into the shoes of Slade Wilson. Besides, Victoria Fries could (hopefully) have unique gameplay mechanics, unlike anything the rest of the squad has to offer. Finally, Zoe Lawton may be the least interesting character on paper, but let's hope Rocksteady manages to give it a great twist.
It will be a matter of waiting to see if all of these characters manage to be released, or if this is a Marvel's Avengers scenario where the game won't live long enough for them to see the light of day. Let's hope Rocksteady created something unique much like the Arkham games and all these plans can become a reality.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will be released on February 2, 2024, on all major platforms.