The gaming community is reveling in a humorous twist to the grim atmosphere of Batman: Arkham Knight, thanks to a recently launched mod. This new mod injects a dose of internet humor into the game by equipping the Dark Knight with the "Man" costume, a product of a popular meme that depicts Batman without his signature cowl ears. This plain-looking hero first gained traction as "Man" courtesy of a viral image featuring a photoshopped Michael Keaton as Batman, sans bat features, preceding his appearance in The Flash.
The emergence of "Man" has sparked playful theories about this plain-clothed hero having his own niche in the DC Universe and led to fanciful comparisons with other characters. Fans have had a field day juxtaposing "Man" with other DC personalities like Red Robin, the youthful Bruce Wayne from the Gotham TV series, and even the lesser-known Midnighter from DC/WildStorm, whose design paid homage to Batman. Parody adaptations of the Batman: Arkham games have even made rounds online, with "Man" taking the spotlight and the titles humorously edited to exclude "Bat".
The person behind the mod's unveiling was a Reddit user, TheCriticalCynic2022, who posted a video demonstrating the modded gameplay of Batman: Arkham Knight. Within the footage, the iconic Batsuit has been remodeled to mirror the "Man" meme, featuring a Keaton-esque Batman devoid of the pointy ear cowl and chest emblem. This novelty comes as part of a mod that includes an array of Batsuits from Keaton's various portrayals, including the original 1989 version, the 1992 Batman Returns suit, and the fresh look from The Flash in 2023. Although "Man" isn't explicitly named in the mod's blurb, enthusiasts can access the complete Burton/Keaton Batsuit Skin Pack v1 on modder RRe36's website.
Batman: Arkham Knight has been fertile ground for creative and playful mods since its release in 2015. Players have enjoyed the liberty to patrol Gotham as different characters, including the beloved butler Alfred, the notorious adversary Joker, the Netflix adaptation of Daredevil, and even Sefton Hill, the co-founder of Rocksteady Studios.
Joining the ranks of Gotham's protectors, "Man" now serves justice in the virtual expanse of Gotham City. For those eager to deploy this non-bat-themed vigilante's approach to crime-fighting, downloading the witty mod from RRe36 offers a fresh experience.