You don't need a cape and pointy ears to be a hero. At least that's the message of the new Batman: Arkham Knight live-action trailer, encouraging everyday folks to “Be the Batman.”

What's it like to be a hero? That's the question posed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's most recent trailer for the upcoming action game, Batman: Arkham Knight. The answer? Be selfless, determined, courageous and feared...Okay, maybe that last one isn't the greatest message to be sending, but you get the idea.



According to this latest Arkham Knight trailer, we all have the chance to be a hero every day, just by acting like one. I'm a fan of the first three scenarios here, but that last one is a little worrisome. It's tied to a scene featuring a young Bruce Wayne taking on a group of thugs solo, and neither the message nor the odds seem like anything I'd want to encourage my fellow human beings to strive for.

Otherwise, it's a pretty nifty trailer. They even managed to find a perfect song to accompany the scenes of everyday heroes answering the call to duty, mixing in Nine Inch Nails' “The Wretched,” which growls “Now you know, this is what it feels like.” That is, of course, accompanied by some explosive scenes of Batman swooping through the city or causing havoc in the new Batmobile.

Due out June 23, Batman Arkham Knight should have no problem making players feel like the Caped Crusader, as that's been one of the highest pieces of praise earlier games in the series have received. From the crowd-control combat and detective gadgets, to the stealth and sneaky takedowns, the Arkham series perhaps captures the essence of its superhero protagonist better than any game/series before it.

It sounds like WBIE didn't slouch in the production department for this trailer, either, as it was directed by Tim and Jeff Cronenweth, directors of photography for movies like Fight Club, Gone Girl and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I know that there's always a new audience to consider but, at this point, I don't know that they really need to advertise an Arkham game. The series has been consistently great from the get-go, so I doubt anyone who has played any of the previous titles needs extra convincing.

We don't have long to wait to see if Arkham Knight lives up to the series' pedigree, though. In just one month, everyone can look forward to once again finding out what it's like to be the Batman.

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