Batman: Vengeance

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Batman: Vengeance
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Developer(s)Ubi Soft Montreal
Publisher(s)Ubi Soft
Platform(s)PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Xbox[note 1], Microsoft Windows
ReleasePlayStation 2 & Game Boy Advance
  • NA: October 15, 2001 (PS2)
  • NA: October 30, 2001 (GBA)
  • EU: November 9, 2001
  • NA: November 18, 2001
  • EU: May 3, 2002
  • NA: December 18, 2001
  • EU: March 14, 2002
Microsoft Windows
  • NA: September 6, 2002
  • EU: October 8, 2002

Batman: Vengeance is a 2001 video game that was released on all major platforms of the sixth generation of console games. It was developed and published by Ubi Soft in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics.

The game is based on the television series The New Batman Adventures, itself a successor to the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. In the game, Batman finds himself entangled in a web of his villains' schemes while attempting to stop the Joker's plan to destroy Gotham City.



Based on most of the game's character designs and appearances, Batman Vengeance would seem to take place after the conclusion of Batman: The Animated Series, but before the start of The New Batman Adventures. Plot points that support this include Mr. Freeze still posing as a threat (as his appearance in The New Batman Adventures episode "Cold Comfort" was the last time he was seen prior to Batman Beyond), as well as the fact that Batgirl is the Dark Knight's only active sidekick in the game.

Batman by this point is well established as the guardian of Gotham City, with the game sharing the voice cast, production design, and continuity of the DC animated universe. During the course of the game, Batman is monitored and assisted by Batgirl in the Batcave.


After saving a woman named Mary Flynn, Batman learns that the Joker has abducted Mary's son, Toby, and is holding him for ransom and will kill him if she does not pay up soon. Batman comes face-to-face with the Joker at a partially demolished Gotham bridge, and Mary reveals herself to be the Joker's companion Harley Quinn; Toby was never real and the abduction was merely a farce to lure Batman into a trap. Batman then engages the Joker and defeats him, but in the fray, the villain falls off the bridge to his apparent death. A distraught Harley leaves and Batman monitors her activities, knowing that the Joker is most likely alive and Harley could be his only opportunity to learn more of the Clown Prince of Crime's true plans, making her a more valuable asset on the outside than she would be incarcerated.

As Batman continues to keep tabs over Harley, he is alerted to an attack by Mr. Freeze on a scientist named Isaac Evers, whom he believes sent him a promotional video for a drug developed by Evers, known as Promethium, for treating conditions on the cryogenically frozen. Freeze had apparently used the drug on himself and his wife, Nora, but to no avail, infuriating Freeze with the implication that Evers had sent him the tape to taunt him. Freeze abducts Evers and escapes the complex in a helicopter. Batman gives chase in the Batwing and eventually rescues Evers, who explains his work and what Freeze was after, lying to Batman by telling him the source of his funding originates from a grant supplied by the Wayne foundation. Knowing this to be a lie, Batman tells Evers to go into hiding, and goes to learn more about the source of Issac's financial backing, eventually learning that the scientist had his funding pulled, due to Promethium being far too unstable, as it contains several flammable particles. Evers was able to successfully continue in his research after receiving funding from the Joker, with every rise in Evers' budget coinciding with a successful bank heist of Joker's doing, implying the villain had plans of his own for the drug. Freeze and his gang then arrive again to find Isaac, but are eventually stopped by the Dark Knight, with Freeze encased in ice from his own freeze gun. Later, an unseen person leaves Poison Ivy a mysterious substance. Ivy discovers the chemical holds unique particles that, when exposed to any type of plant life, transforms plants into sentient and vicious creatures. Using this to her advantage, Ivy manipulatively puts several of her upgraded plants inside powerful politicians and businessmen, including Gotham's mayor, Hamilton Hill, through apples and other foods, blackmailing them for money, power, and even environmental donations. Knowing the origin of the chemical, Ivy has her plants make an effort to produce more of the chemical and create an antidote to the condition the mayor and the others have to use as collateral to ensure that they follow through on their deals. Harley alerts Batman towards Ivy's activities to ultimately stop her from going too far in her schemes. Batman defeats Ivy by electrocuting all of her plants, obtaining the cure, and saving Mayor Hill and the victims of Ivy's schemes.

Batman witnesses Joker's men hijack a blimp, and goes to talk to Harley. She informs him that, with Joker gone, some of his men were still operating on their own and left with some of the villain's toys and the blueprints to the historic Gotham Gasworks. Upon arriving at the Gasworks, Batman discovers Joker's men sending the villain's flammable toys into the pipe network, which lead throughout the entire city, and opens the gates to the sprinkler system to flood the complex's pipes in order to stop the toys. After defeating Joker's men, Batman finds a tied up Evers, the apparent mastermind behind the Gasworks plot, who claims he only wanted to burn down Gotham Industrial in order to collect on the insurance money, as he couldn't collect on the damage left by Freeze without revealing his financial backers, particularly the Joker. With the Joker having funded the research with filthy lucre, Evers would be arrested for criminal facilitation and conspiracy if he revealed his affiliation with the notorious criminal and resorted to hiring the Joker's men and using his equipment in order to throw the cops off his trail after burning down his business, but the gang eventually turned on him, tied him up, and embarked on their own agenda of sending the toys throughout the city. The Dark Knight takes Evers outside for the arriving Gotham Police to take him into custody, but is forced to escape in the Batmobile after being framed for injuring Commissioner Gordon with a Batarang.

Hunted by the police, Batman's investigations shift towards discovering who framed him and how everything that has occurred since the Joker's death factor together. He ultimately disguises himself, to find more information, only to discover a knife that the Joker was holding the night he fell from the bridge, confirming that the Joker is still alive. Batman realizes, that with the Joker's plans occurring over such a long period of time, his end goal is massive and threatens to destroy the entire city. The Joker finally resurfaces on the roof of the Gotham Gasworks with the stolen blimp and his gang, where he reveals that he was behind the entire crime wave that occurred after faking his death by subtly manipulating the other villains and using Isaac Evers' research, having worked with the scientist and funded all his experiments and operations through his ill-conceived fortune, to produce large quantities of the highly flammable Promethium. Weeks earlier, the Joker had arranged the fake kidnapping scheme to fake his own death in order to reside in the shadows and out of the police and Batman's scope, while he manipulated the other villains; he sent Mr. Freeze the promotional tape on Promethium to provoke him into attacking Isaac's lair so his men could convince Evers to hire their services in an insurance scam with the use of Gotham Gasworks, provided Poison Ivy with the plant enhancement chemical and used her schemes to rebuild Gotham Chemical to mass-produce his own signature Joker toxin in a quiet fashion without Batman noticing, and finally used Harley to relay false information to Batman to send him deeper into his plot at the Gasworks and ultimately frame him for attacking Commissioner Gordon. Using Evers as a scapegoat for the Gasworks scheme, the Joker reveals that he manipulated Batman into opening up the pipes to the sprinkler system, which the Joker then plans to pump with his Joker toxin, mixed with Evers' altered drug to make it highly flammable, all over the city through a feed tube connected to the previously stolen blimp, now filled with the deadly compound, and burn the city to the ground, while its citizens choke to death on their own laughter. The villain's ultimate 'joke' is that Gotham would be completely destroyed, with the punchline being Batman had been unknowingly aiding due to the Joker's manipulation. The Clown Prince of Crime then prepares to escape in the blimp and watch Gotham from above become engulfed in flames and toxin, leaving groups of his men, armed with explosives and flamethrowers, to slow the hero down. Despite this, Batman manages to shut down the gas flow, defeat all of the Joker's thugs, and subdue Harley Quinn just in time to get on the Joker's blimp before it takes to the sky. Despite having stopped the flow of Promethium and Joker toxin into the sprinkler system, Joker plans to use the remaining compound stored in the blimp to destroy the city by setting the blimp on a collision course with the heart of Gotham, City Hall, to explosively release the compound into the air. Batman deteriorates the gas, and disables the auto-pilot after solving a mechanism created by the Ace of Knaves to protect the auto-pilot controls. The Dark Knight manages to defeat the Joker and destroys the blimp, taking his archenemy back to Arkham Asylum. As Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Harley and the Joker sit in Arkham Asylum, Commissioner Gordon calls Batman to inform that him that Harley's fingerprints were found on the Batarang that hit him. Batman looks out over the city as the Bat-Signal ignites on him.


Vengeance took environmental and character designs from The New Batman Adventures, and starred most of the main voice cast from both it and its predecessor, Batman: The Animated Series. The cast includes Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker, Tara Strong as Batgirl, Diane Pershing as Poison Ivy, Michael Ansara as Mr. Freeze, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth, Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn, Bob Hastings as Commissioner Gordon, and Lloyd Bochner as Mayor Hill.


Review scores
AllGame3/5 stars[1]3.5/5 stars[2]N/A3.5/5 stars[3]N/A
Game InformerN/A6.75/10[5]N/A7/10[6]7/10[7]
GameProN/AN/AN/A3.5/5 stars[8]3.5/5 stars[9]
Game RevolutionN/AN/AN/AC[10]N/A
GameSpy58%[16]73%[17]2/5 stars[18]80%[19]82%[20]
Nintendo Power3.5/5[29]3.7/5[30]N/AN/AN/A
OPM (US)N/AN/AN/A3/5 stars[31]N/A
OXM (US)N/AN/AN/AN/A4.6/10[32]
PC Gamer (US)N/AN/A55%[33]N/AN/A
Aggregate scores

By the end of 2001, sales of Batman: Vengeance had surpassed 540,000 units.[44] Its sales surpassed 670,000 copies by the end of March 2002.[45]

Batman Vengeance received average reviews from critics and fans alike.[citation needed] The game's praise mainly went towards the voice acting, story, and cinematic cutscenes.[citation needed] There was criticism for the first person mode, which limited player's abilities in-game.[citation needed] The PC version drew a lot of mixed or negative reviews due to complex and sometimes confusing controls.[citation needed]

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences nominated Batman: Vengeance for its 2001 "Outstanding Achievement in Original Musical Composition" award,[46] which ultimately went to Tropico.[47]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Xbox version of this game is not compatible with Xbox 360.


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