I was thinking about all the times bruce wayne's parents were seen and or referenced in all 3 arkham games . And and wanted to know what you guys thought about this scene (Photo below) being used in Arkham Knight ?
Well thats a title I have just lumbered myself with but I thought it would be an interesting thing for discussion, I'm going to be putting both sides of the argument foward as I see it and see whether you agree with me or not. When I say Gotham I will be talking about the event leading up to Arkham Knight and also the other games not just generally, so anything that has happened in comics or films outside the Arkhamverse is irrelevent.
Batman as a positive for Gotham:
Batman is obviously a force for good in Gotham he has taken the fight to the gangs and the mob who chocked the life out of the city, he has taken a stand otfen alone to take down the criminals that the police couldn't, when Joker took ove the Royal Hotel the police did nothing it was Batman who had to save the hostages and with a little help stop Joker blowing up building, all the while stopping two seperate breakout/breakins at Blackgate. When the inmates took over the Asylum the police and the guards were powerless, without Batman Joker would have led an army of titan monsters into Gotham and wrecked the place. The same with the Arkham City incident without Batman and his allies Hugo Strange would have blown a huge crater out of the city and killed many innocents as well as the inmates within and now it comes to Arkham Knight and Scarecrow the city is overrun and now the city needs Batman more then ever and only he has the tech, skills and allies to stop whatever is planned, because only Batman can save Gotham from the truely insane supervillain that the police simply cannot handle,that is what Batman is not just a man to hit the criminal element but a symbol of hope for Gotham that there will always be someone to stand between them and the kind of evil that Gotham breeds, that is why Batman is good for Gotham.
Batman as a negative for Gotham:
I'm sorry but when I wrote the above statement I was being a total idiot (cool I'm arguing with myself, and who are you calling an idiot myself?) Batman is pretty much the major reason anything catastrophic happens in Gotham, O.K the city was no paradise before Batman began his crusade but it was no worse then any other hell hole, it was mobster and thugs ruling by fear but it was contained, the mob knew how far to take it and how far they could push it but look at what Batmans war on them brought, put simply insanity.
Look at the events or Origins, death and destruction on a wide scale all to target Batman, how many people died because the Joker, Bane and others were gunning for Batman, again at the Ayslum how many people died just so Joker could mess with Batman, he said it himself the whole night was in honour of Batman, again with Arkham City all Hugo Strange's action are just an attempt to prove he is better then Batman at stopping crime and know Arkham Knight has brought an army to Gotham because of Batman and Scarecrow has emptied the city, why? because he wants revenge on Batman, how can Batman not be at least partially to blame for all this madness.
As I see it Batman has basically actted as an agent of supervillain Darwinism, he has come into Gotham and caused the nature of crime to change, instead of everyday villainy he has shaped and given focus to a group of insane minds and made himself a target to them and who suffers for that? the people of Gotham, he has forced an evolution that has meant the only way for villain to try and battle him is to get smart and to put as many people as possible in danger and every time he has stopped them he has just forced them to become smarter and to cook up schemes to put even more innocent people in danger all to revenge themselves upon Batman, if Batman was not in Gotham would villains like the Joker, Scarecrow and Arkham Knight even exsist? probably not, so even though he has the best intentions Batman has only made Gotham worse.
Wow neagtive me is really angry at Batamn (he forgot my brithday, again) not saying I subscribe to either argument or that either is right, I think this issue is going to be an important part of Arkham Knight's story so I'd thought I would set out it and see what everyone thinks, also well done if you have read all that, I know I waffle but only about Batman.