It makes a lot of sense to think of the arkham knight as Michael lane.
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Look at his suit. Its almost identical to the old Michael lane in the comics and he has the background to be that kind of villian.
Azrael however is an inherited name from the order of St. Dumas.
Which Ra's al ghul was once a part of. He stole the suit of sorrows, which has driven every person who has worn it mad. He then gave it to Talia who then passed it on to Bruce Wayne.
Doctor hurt created the Devil- Bat, aka Michael lane, to replace batman. Simon Hurt is bruce waynes grandfather.
It was also during Hurt's lifespan that the Wayne manor was built, so he would know of the caves and if he knew who batman really is then it wouldn't be hard to deduce where batman kept the suit of sorrows.
Which is the suit that Michael lane later came to wear. The armor that azrael wore in arkham city.
Jean-Paul Valley was the azrael in arkham city. He later left the order of St. Dumas and Michael Lane took his place.
It is possible that Michael Lane hunted him down and claimed the armor for himself. It is also possible to alter the armor into a suit similar to batman's, as it was batman's intention to do so when he obtained it from Talia.
I personally believe that Michael Lane is the Arkham Knight.
On an additional side note: The scarecrow's fear inducing hallucinogen was based off of the drug that Doctor Hurt used to traumatize Michael Lane.
The experiments on Michael lane were done in the ruins of arkham asylum
If you put all that together with the prophecy that the Jean-Paul Valley version of A real told Batman in Arkham city, then it makes sense.
Also, take into consideration who Azreal is and what his name means. The name is quite simply defined as "the angel that seperates the soul from the body at the time of death."
Azreal, in the comics is the leader of the ancient order of St. Dumas. Who were crusaders bent on judgement, much like the league of shadows that Rha's al Ghul formed after leaving the order.
They had the same views of Gotham as the league of shadows did.
It is entirely plausible to see Michael Lane as the Arkham Knight in accordance with the creators saying he is a new character to the franchise because he has not appeared in any of the other Batman games.