SPOILERS. You have been warned:
Have you seen Nick’s interview with Batman: Arkham Knight Lead Animator Zafer Coban yet? NO? GO WATCH IT! It’s great. I’ll wait.
In the interview (at about 4:08), Zafer lets slip that Scarecrow will be teaming up with another classic character to take down the Bat once and for all. We certainly don't want to step on any toes at Rocksteady so take this with a grain of salt but what he said was:
“Obviously, like we mentioned earlier, we’ve got Scarecrow, Nightwing li- liasing together, trying to take down The Bat.”
Did he say Nightwing?
As in Dick Grayson, former protege of Bruce Wayne, Robin the Boy Wonder? Or could he have possibly just made a mistake, said “Nightwing” when he meant to say “Arkham Knight”? It’s possible; they do sound similar.
But would such a development be completely out of the question? Could Arkham Knight secretly be Dick Grayson? Perhaps. If you’ve played the other entries in Rocksteady’s massively popular Batman: Arkham series, you may have noticed that this universe- the Arkham-verse- doesn't constrict itself to the canon of comic books, movies, or any other form of the Caped Crusader. It stands alone, and strives to distinguish itself in some rather shocking ways. Those of you who have finished Arkham City will understand.
Also, consider that this particular plot twist has been done before in the comics, albeit while not hitting quite so close to home for Bats. (If you haven’t read Under the Hood, or seen Batman: Under the Red Hood consider checking them out.) So, no, I don’t think that it’s unreasonable that Rocksteady would choose to go this route. It certainly doesn’t lack for emotional impact.
Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne haven’t always seen eye to eye, but they’ve always been able to achieve some sort reconciliation. But what if they hadn’t? What if young Richard’s resentment of Bruce’s overbearing nature and cold temperament, festered within him, engendering him with a sense of enmity towards his former mentor? What if Grayson let this hatred strip from him everything that was good and righteous, everything that was Robin or Nightwing, and left only a monster called Arkham Knight? Gotham City has a habit of doing this sort of thing to people.
And what if this was all for naught? What if Mr. Coban made a simple slip of the tongue, and we’re reading into this WAY too much? Maybe the scribes at Rocksteady have loaded Arkham Knight with an even crazier ending that none of us will see coming. I don’t know what will happen. If this is a spoiler, hopefully we’ll have all forgotten about but the time Batman: Arkham Knight hits next year.