OUTRAGE OVER AMAZON “SPOILING” BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT IS RIDICULOUS
As a warning, this article may contain information that you would consider a spoiler. Read on at your own risk.
Amazon UK has listed its Amazon.co.uk exclusive limited edition of Batman: Arkham Knight, problem is, not everyone was happy with the information the listing provided. This special edition is available for £79.99 and includes the following: a steel book-case, copy of the game, an art book, comic book, and statue.
The original image that Amazon listed of the edition showed the full engraving on the statue of Batman, an engraving that some considered to be a spoiler. For many fans they felt it ruined the ending of the game for them as the engraving read: “From a Grateful City In Memory of the Gotham Knight“. Amazon has since changed the image so that it does not include the engraving.
My problem with this outcry is I’m not entirely sure why it’s suddenly news? When Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced both collector’s editions that would be available for Batman: Arkham Knight, similar information was given alluding to the death of Batman.
Which by the way, I feel I should point out now that it doesn’t actually mean he’s going to die. It means that at some point Gotham believes he is dead.
So back to the point at hand, on September 8, 2014 Warner Brother released images and details of the two different collector editions. Granted, it did not share the image that actually showed the engraving, however, the original press release description of this particular edition’s statue read:Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham’s Protector, the Dark Knight
And of course, many game news sites reiterated this information also, you just have to simply Google it to find that much out. So it was clear to many that the image showed a statue of Batman, a statue that was then described as a “Batman Memorial Statue”.
If it simply said it was commemorating him, I would say that this news was indeed “news” as that doesn’t necessarily infer he is dead. However, by referring to it as a memorial statue, I believe it’s fairly understandable that this means it is “in memoriam” to Batman, a term often used in obituaries and in epitaphs. So why is it that today everyone is suddenly shocked to hear this?
It’s good of Amazon to remove the engraving and to not include the original description of the statue, but I think it’s going a bit far to say that Amazon is to blame for this “spoiler”. I can understand the frustration of fans who feel this has ruined the game for them, but Amazon is not to blame for simply using the information it was given.
I also think it would be pretty ridiculous for Rocksteady to include this in the limited edition if it’s as much of a spoiler as everyone believes. I’m more inclined to believe that it’s a ruse of some sort and that Batman is believed dead at some point, rather than actually dying. Seriously, any one who has read the graphic novels would know by now not to take any death of Batman as absolute truth.
Batman: Arkham Knight is due to release on June 6, 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. If you want to check out the other special edition available, the Batman: Arkham Knight – Batmobile Edition, you can find it available from GAME for £169.99.
What do you think? Is this a spoiler? Is this news to you, or did you read about it back in September? Do you believe Batman really dies? There’s much to discuss! Let us know in the comments below.