The Dark Fright – Arkham Asylum’s heavy Wayne moment
Breaking the Bat is a thoroughly daunting prospect. Unless you happen to have Tom Hardy and his insanely buff knees handy, there’s little that fazes the Caped Crusader. Of course, if you’re talking about scuffing up the Gotham vigilante’s psyche, rather than his spine, then that’s an entirely easier proposition.
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Where the Joker and an armada of chattering prank teeth fail, it’s Scarecrow who really gets into our hero’s head in Batman: Arkham Asylum. Thanks to a quick spray of Jonathan Crane’s neurotoxin, The Dark Knight spectacularly loses the run of himself, releasing his grip on reality as he staggers into a harrowing hallucination. Turns out, men who dress like flying rats with radar occasionally have severe
As the walls of the infamous nuthouse dissolve into the seedy streets of Gotham, Scarecrow’s nightmare fully takes hold. Quickly reducing you from absurdly badass criminal-kibosher to terrified orphan, it forces you to relive the most traumatising moment of Wayne’s life. The subsequent sight of a young Bruce huddled by the freshly slain corpses of his parents proves to be the most enduring image from Rocksteady’s cowl classic.
Staggering away from mom and pop Wayne, you’re privy to a chilling exchange between a sympathetic Jim Gordon and a cynical cop. “He’ll be fine. A kid like that, with all that money? He’ll be just fine,” sneers the heartless pig. A clawing, intimate moment of grief, confusion and fury, Arkham Asylum’s nightmare shows the ultimate hero is really just a bruised boy at heart. Anyone else in need of a hug?