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Gotham Knights Turns Nightwing Into DC’s Vulture

When the teaser of the highly anticipated Gotham Knights abandoned, fans were eager to see the gameplay action. Many wanted to see how this new action-RPG from WB Games Montreal would compare to the Batman: Arkham series, which to this day remains the gold standard for everything Batman-video game related.

Fortunately, a clip of more than 13 minutes has been published, detailing the open world of Gotham and what Bruce Wayne’s proteges would do in the wake of his death. Fans learned more about their new base, the Belfryhow they got on and get an overview of the area. In the process, the video confirmed that Nightwing will essentially be the DC version of the Vulture.

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In the Marvel Universe, Adrian Toomes and others who don the Vulture mantle have relied on robotic wings to get around. In Gotham Knights, Dick Grayson will use technology similar to that of Toomes, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s the Fast Bat, which allows Nightwing to fly around the city high speed. The design has also been modified in various Spider Man cartoons, but while they felt corny, Dick’s sleek design makes it look more modern as a military application.

However, it’s not made for stealth, but for speed, which Nightwing will need in a criminal-overrun Gotham. With the death of Jim Gordon and the rise of the Court of Owls, Dick is going to have to move faster. While he might compromise his black-ops style for something louder, he’s far more effective. It remains to be seen if he will have weapons such as lasers or rocket launchers, but given how adamant Dick is his vigilante squad needs a badass arsenal, it’s easy to see the Vulture-like configuration to be retrofitted to be a war machine with present Batwing influences.

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Additionally, Dick can move around using a glider known as the Flying Trapeze. It’s not like the Fast Bat in the sense that they’re not attached to Nightwing’s back, but Dick has that Vulture feel in the way he latches onto them, secreting across town. This hovering motion is quieter, so it’s the kind of secret Dick often uses instead of roaring rockets and engines.

Fans have pointed out that his hands can get tired and it seems impractical, but Dick is one of the fittest DC heroes of all time. Plus he has his circus background – ergo the name of the tool. Ultimately, the premise is the same, with a bird-themed hero in Gotham’s skies, looking to protect rather than rob people. Granted, Nightwing could have had simpler, more compact wings like in the 90s animated series, but despite being bulkier, just like the Batcycle, they add drama. Overall they give an intimidating presence in a game that promises plenty of intense, high-octane action.

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