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Is Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League in the Arkhamverse?

Does Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League take place in the Arkhamverse of previous Rocksteady games?

Rocksteady Studios is known for its work on the Batman: Arkham series. And with their latest title, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the question is clear. Does the game take place in the same world and the same Arkhamverse? I’ll answer that question here.

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Does Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Take Place in the Arkhamverse?

The short answer is yes: Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is in the same Arkhamverse as the Batman: Arkham games. We get the answer within minutes of starting SSKJL, shortly after the tutorial and the creation of Task Force X. Harley, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark enter the Hall of Justice. Here, they listen to members of the Justice League, including Batman, talk about their work as a team. We also visit a Batman museum later in the first two chapters, where we learn more.

Below, I’ll detail more specifics about how Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League ties into the larger Arkhamverse world. But if you’ve not played those games or finished them, heavy spoilers follow for Arkham Knight. Be warned.

Harley Quinn looking at a Hologram of Batman in the Hall of Justice
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At the end of Batman: Arkham Knight, Scarecrow unmasks Batman as Bruce Wayne for all the world to see. When you visit the hologram of Batman in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, he starts his speech by saying his name. He then recounts his origins as the Caped Crusader. Earlier in the game’s opening, Harley Quinn mentions being locked in Arkham Asylum for five years. At another point, she also implies Joker is no longer in the picture.

Is Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and Arkham Sequel?

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League takes place in the Arkhamverse five years after the events of Arkham Knight. That means SSKJL is a sequel. The story is a bit wackier than the gritty, slightly more grounded, and psychological Arkham series. But it’s also far freer with its language and violence. Normal Batman doesn’t use guns or kill things indiscriminately, of course.

It’s unclear and a bit preemptive to wonder if Rocksteady Studios will revisit the Batman universe they created. Though, I somehow doubt it. We lost Batman himself when Kevin Conroy, his most famous voice actor, died in 2022. Mark Hamill is unlikely to voice The Joker again anytime soon.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is, by definition, Conroy’s last outing as the Dark Knight. Despite other actors doing an admirable job with their renditions of Bruce and the Bat, for my money, no one ever topped Conroy’s portrayal, before, during, or after his life.

So, again, yes: Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is part of the Arkhamverse and probably the end of Rocksteady’s time-making games in the DC universe. I would love to be proven wrong, though what they could do next is anyone’s guess.

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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.