Today Warner Bros and DC released the first look at the new armored suit that Catwoman will wear in Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition. The suit is part of the Battle Armoured Tech (B.A.T.) mode included with the Wii U version of the game. Batman will also be getting a B.A.T. suit. Warner Bros has stated that the suits will allow players to build “kinetic energy” during combat, and then activate B.A.T. mode to raise their damage output.
While these B.A.T. suits sound like a nice addition for Nintendo fans who may have missed Arkham City when it was released for other consoles, I can’t help but think there may be another reason for the new look. Catwoman’s new B.A.T. suit covers her entire body, similar to the Catwoman revealed recently for Injustice: Gods Among Us. This summer’s blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises, also did a thorough job of covering Anne Hathaway’s body , even making her less of an overtly sexual character than Julie Newmar’s Catwoman. In the original version of Arkham City, however, Catwoman has incredibly unrealistic cleavage and wears her suit unzipped practically to her navel. It is possible that with the B.A.T suits Warner Bros and DC are responding to the charges of sexism that were thrown their way when Arkham City was released last fall.
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition will be released for the Wii U sometime this winter. It will feature all of the content from the original Arkham City and include all available downloadable content (DLC) for the game. The Wii U GamePad will be used to give players instant access to their Batcomputer to select objectives, choose gadgets, and upgrade their character.