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Who will challenge the Bat in 'Arkham Origins'?

By Ricci Kearney

Video Game Reviews

9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013

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"Arkham Asylum" opened the gate and ushered in a serious comic book game that accurately portrayed the feeling of Batman and his psychotic relationship with the Joker.

"Arkham City" cemented the realized world of Arkham and introduced even more of Batman's rogue gallery.

Now, "Batman: Arkham Origins" explores the early career of the Caped Crusader and showcases the first meetings between him and his deadliest enemies. When eight deadly assassins descend onto Gotham on Christmas Eve to take out Batman, the Dark Knight must overcome his greatest challenge yet. Now, we take a look at the eight deadliest assassin's in the D.C. Universe to see who may make an appearance in the game.

DEATHSTROKE

A former U.S. Army soldier, Slade Wilson was a part of an experimental supersoldier project that enhanced his strength and intelligence. Leaving his patriotism behind and choosing to follow the path of a mercenary, Deathstroke became one of the most sought-after assassins in the D. C. Universe. He has worked for everyone from Lex Luthor to Black Manta to Vandal Savage. His contracts have brought him into conflict with Superman and Green Arrow, yet he seems to come into consistent strife with the Teen Titans.

Deathstroke has already been confirmed to be in the game. He also a recurring character in the CW show "Arrow" based on the "Green Arrow" character. It will be interesting to see how he crosses Batman's path early on in his career. Will Robin have a role in bringing these two titans together or will it simply be another contract for the Terminator to fulfill?

Chances: 100 percent

Why: Already confirmed.

KGBEAST

One of the more unrecognizable names on this list, KGBeast is a trained assassin from the former Soviet Union's secret police and intelligence agency. He is a master of the martial arts, has cybernetic strength and is said to be an expert with every deadly weapon known to man. With a gun for a hand, KGBeast made his debut in comics in the 1980s and has been attempting to take out Batman ever since.

KGBeast has been known to rival Batman's fighting skills and has beaten Batman in combat before. He has even gone so far as to severe his own hand rather than be caught by Batman. KGBeast's resolve is sadistic and the assassin has gone as far as to poison a room of more than 100 people just to reach his target. "Arkham Origins" would be a great venue to introduce The Beast into the Arkham canon.

Chances: 35 percent

Why: While the character has a rich history with Batman, he may be too unknown and obscure.

LADY SHIVA

Sometimes, the line between good and evil is painted gray. No one embraces this ideology more than the assassin Lady Shiva. As a former member of the League of Assassins, and the mother of Cassandra Cain, Lady Shiva is one of Batman's greatest enemies. She was even chosen by Ra's al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins, to birth the perfect of assassin. After battling heroes like Green Lantern, Black Canary and Batgirl, she joined the hero team Birds of Prey and even mentored The Question.

Lady Shiva is an iconic member of the Bat Family and not including her in this game would be a disservice to her character's history. Early in her career, she was a thrillseeker, living off of the rush of combat and near-death experiences. Could this be what brings her into the path of the Dark Knight early in his career? Could the League of Assassins play a part in her debut in the game? Also, will we see the father of her child make an appearance as well?

Chances: 75 percent

Why: Lady Shiva would be great to fill the Catwoman role in "Arkham Origins" and has ties to the League of Assasins.

DAVID CAIN

One of the world's premier assassins, David Cain's history with Bruce Wayne predates Wayne's decision to don the cape and cowl. He trained young Wayne as a member of the League of Assassins and taught him his most deadly techniques. These maneuvers were so deadly that Batman still refuses to use them to this day. Cain also trained his daughter, Cassandra Cain, by teaching her everything he knew and avoiding teaching her anything that may interfere with her training like the ability to read and write.

David Cain may have debuted in the 1990s, but he is an integral part of Bruce Wayne's life and the formation of Batman. With ties to the League of Assassians and Bruce Wayne before he became Batman, it seems almost impossible to explore the early years of Batman without David Cain.

Chances: 40 percent

Why: While we would love David Cain to be a main villian, his history with Batman may be to unfamilair. We hope there is at least an Easter Egg involving the character.

DEADSHOT

An assassin who already made his game debut in "Arkham City," Deadshot is one of the deadliest marksmen in the D.C. Universe. Making his debut in the 1950s, Deadshot was created by the legendary Bob Kane, and was introduced as a crimefighter attempting to take Batman's place. Once his true intentions were discovered, he was placed in jail. He soon escaped and became a gun for hire.

Because Deadshot is one of Batman's oldest villains and a Kane original, it is difficult to believe that "Arkham Origins" will include assassins and leave the man who "never misses" out of the game. Deadshot is also already a part of the Arkham Universe, which increases the chances that he will be included in the game. Besides, Deadshot is a huge part of the CW television series "Arrow," which leads us to believe that Deadshot will have Batman in his sights in "Arkham Origins."

Chances: 80 percent

Why: As one of Batman's oldest villains, it is almost certain that Deadshot will appear at some point in an "Arkham" game.

TALIA AL GHUL

We expect Talia al Ghul, another character in the Arkham Universe, to be an integral part of "Arkham Origins." Talia has long been believed to be Batman's true love. Her love for the Dark Knight and her loyalty to her father has often caused her to be at odds with her own emotions. Also, wherever Talia goes, Bane is sure to follow. We have yet to experience a true battle between the Dark Knight and the man who broke the back of the bat. Talia is an expert fighter and the heir to the League of Assassins.

Her father believes Batman to be the true heir to his throne and wants him to marry his daughter. While Talia's love is strong, her loyalty to her father has proven stronger. Talia and Bruce Wayne even share a son. Could her loyalty to her father force her to kill Batman for not accepting Ra's offer to take over the League of Assassin's?

Chances: 90 percent

Why: Talia is the heir to the League of Assassins and already a part of the Arkham canon.

SUICIDE SQUAD

Also known as "Task Force X," the Suicide Squad is a group of villains-turned-government-operatives under the command of Rick Flag and Amanda Waller. The squad's missions normally result in the death or torture of their target. Deadshot, another name on our list, has often been a member of the team.

The Suicide Squad has had many incarnations and always is in conflict with Batman one way or another. Because Waller knows Batman's true identity, she uses this to her advantage to attack the Caped Crusader. With Batman gone, the Suicide Squad could complete its own sadistic brand of terrorism without opposition. Could Waller's vendetta against the Bat bring the group into "Arkham Origins"?

Chances: 40 percent

Why: While the Suicide Squad has a colorful history, there may be too many versions and members to pin down for the game.

LEAGUE OF ASSASSINS

The League of Assassins is the legendary society responsible for much of Bruce Wayne's martial arts training. Their leader, Ra's al Ghul, has been obsessed with Batman and even gave him the moniker "The World's Greatest Detective." The league has been a thorn in Batman's cape for a long time. Seeing how "Arkham Origins" focuses on assassins attempting to kill the Batman, it is almost a given that the League will make an appearance.

While the League would make great enemies for Batman to take out and display his combat moves on, we are thinking bigger picture. We believe that Ra's al Ghul is the man behind this attack on Batman and that possibly the assassins are competing for the throne of the League of Assassins and the hand of Talia al Ghul.

Chances: 90 percent

Why: You cannot have a Batman game featuring assassins without the League. Plus, Ra's has debuted in the Arkham canon already.

Did your favorite assassin make the list?

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