It was a foregone conclusion that when the Batman: The Enemy Within video game was done, John Doe would complete his metamorphosis into the Joker. What remained to be seen was how culpable players would feel at the end of it all. Personally, I was so exhausted and guilt-ridden that I made my Batman do something that I never thought I would.
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The second season of Telltale's excellent Batman game has seen players wrestle with a plotline quite unlike anything they have been tasked with before: befriend the man who could one day become the Joker, and have the chance to mould his future. Now two new trailers show how that could come to pass in some very different ways.
One of the most-invoked psychological readings of the Batman/Joker relationship is that the Dark Knight's existence summons his archenemy into being. Various stories have had different takes on it over the years, some positing that the Joker persona was always going to emerge in Gotham. The new episode of the Batman: The Enemy Within video game plays with that idea in a way that makes Bruce Wayne very culpable for the Clown Prince of Crime.
We finally get to see how Telltale Games re-imagines Harleen Quinzel in episode two of Batman: The Enemy Within. The ultra-popular character is planning plunder on an epic scale with a gang of vicious supervillains. Oh, and the guy who we all know is going to be the Joker is deep in a major crush on her.
Twenty-five years after her debut on Batman: The Animated Series, Harleen Quinzel's gone through a lot of changes. Harley's various iterations have offered up different proportions of wackiness, tragedy and, uh, randiness. The one coming to Batman: The Enemy Within looks like she doesn't take any guff. From anyone.
Telltale Games' ongoing creation of its own unique Dark Knight continuity -- which began with last year's Batman: The Telltale Series -- has been fascinating to play through. The changes made to the people in Bruce Wayne's double life have been surprisingly dramatic and the best one may be yet to come.