The developers behind 2013’s Batman: Arkham Origins, have posted job listings seeking qualified individuals to work on two upcoming DC Comics Universe titles of “AAA” caliber. Sounds promising! Could one of them be focused on Wonder Woman? Let’s hope.
There are some vague hints from WB Games-Montreal that one of the games will be inspired by Suicide Squad, which was awkwardly name-dropped in this video produced by the studio, advertising how sweet it must be to work there. Beyond that, there are no other hints.
But a solo Wonder Woman movie is on the horizon in 2017, so now would be as good a time as any for a major video game starring the Amazonian warrior. Here are just a few reasons:
1.) Her combat would be insane.
WB Montreal didn’t begin nor finish the Arkham franchise, but their iteration in Origins still retained the same rhythmic combat familiar to fans of the series. Instead of playing as gothic Elon Musk for literally the fifth time, imagine Wonder Woman. She’s strong like Superman but as limber as Catwoman, who was playable in the Arkham games. But Wonder Woman could be less of a pain to control since she could just punch dudes instead of awkward hurricanranas.
2.) Aren’t we tired of Gotham yet?
While Wonder Woman never had a unique fictional city that she patrolled on her own, she has resided in Washington D.C., appropriate for a diplomat such as herself.
D.C. is far from a shining beacon of an urban future, but exploring a brighter, less dimly-lit, and real world city in DC Comics lore is a rare opportunity. Marvel lays claim to setting its characters in predominantly real cities, but they’re not the only ones.
3.) Female heroes are finally a thing.
To longtime comic book fans sick of the umpteenth Batman iteration and female fans looking for their heroes, now must be an exciting time. It’s not just Supergirl and Jessica Jones, it’s also Mockingbird and Daisy in Agents of S.H.I.E.LD., Black Canary and Speedy in Arrow, Hawkgirl in Legends of Tomorrow. There’s Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Gamorah in the Marvel movies, no matter what their (lack-of) merchandising says. Some of the best comics out are G. Willow Wilson’s spectacular Ms. Marvel. And of course, Wonder Woman in 2017.
And it’s not just comics: While video games aren’t the best indication of representation, you can play Rise of the Tomb Raider, one of the best games of the year, which spotlights a grounded Lara Croft who is not the dual-wielding Barbie doll of the late ‘90s.
Ubisoft finally allowed girls in on the action with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. There are badass woman Spartans in Halo 5, and most major games like Fallout 4, Splatoon, and Destiny allow players to choose their genders. In the future, there’s Horizon Zero Dawn and a slew of others I’m irresponsibly forgetting that will also get in on the trend.
The best thing about a Wonder Woman game wouldn’t be because it’s “one of the few” female games. It’s because it would be another one.
4.) Ares is basically a walking video game boss fight.
Wonder Woman’s Themyscira could be a breathtaking, sweeping Greek paradise not unlike God of War (and less ruinous). But along with Wonder Woman’s Amazonian mythology comes cool villains that pose a great opportunity for sweet boss fights. Ares is begging to be turned into a final boss. Just look at him.
5.) Flying the Invisible Jet would be hilarious.
Just picture it for a sec. Wonder Woman sitting on nothing. Flying at breakneck speeds. It’d be the best.