KTJL Hidden Details You Probably Missed

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Summary

  • Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League incorporates Easter eggs that reference various heroes and villains from the DC universe, expanding the game’s backstory and hinting at future plotlines.
  • Metropolis is filled with references to DC superheroes, such as Zatanna, Green Arrow, Booster Gold, and Blue Beetle, with their businesses and landmarks scattered throughout the city.
  • The game also includes nods to DC’s notable villains, including Black Manta, Peacemaker, Deathstroke, and the Royal Flush gang, along with hints about their fates and potential story developments.

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As with Rocksteady’s previous Arkhamverse games, there are plenty of hidden details throughout Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League‘s Metropolis. These details reference some of the many heroes and villains to inhabit the DC universe, expand upon the backstory for some characters, and even suggest plotlines for future chapters in the game’s story.

[Warning: The following article contains major spoilers for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League]Rocksteady began to branch out into the wider DC universe – and its multiverse – for the first time in the series with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, setting Task Force X’s mission in Superman’s home, Metropolis, rather than Gotham. Therefore, while there are still many Easter eggs from the previous Batman: Arkham titles, such as “The Batman Experience” that can be explored in Metropolis’ museum, as well as trophies collected from the villains in those games in the Batcave, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League now incorporates even more DC character references from outside the Batman series in its Easter eggs.

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10 Johnny Charisma Was Due To Play A Show In Metropolis

A poster for a show by singer and entertainer Johnny Charisma can be found in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League‘s open world. Arkhamverse fans will recognize Charisma as one of the people infected by Joker’s blood in Batman: Arkham Knight. Charisma was apprehended after trying to blow up Batman’s base in Panessa Studios, but was soon killed by another Joker-infected patient, Henry Adams, suggesting this poster for his show in Metropolis is over five years old.

9 Justice League Of Earth 2 Features Other DC Heroes

The “Justice Day” Posters Change For Two Characters

Earth 1 and Earth 2 Justice League posters with different versions of Flash and Green Lantern

Metropolis was in the midst of a “Justice Day” celebration when Brainiac struck, and therefore, there are many posters displayed around the city celebrating the Justice League. When Task Force X is teleported to Earth 2, what’s left of the decimated Metropolis is similar to that of their home dimension, with the Justice Day images still plastered on walls and billboards. There is one key difference, however, where some of the Justice League members shown are other characters who have donned the mantle. Whereas the Green Lantern of Earth 1 is John Stewart, Hal Jordan is the Green Lantern in Earth 2. Wally West is also the Flash of Earth 2, but his predecessor in the comics, Barry Allen is the Flash of Earth 1 who Task Force X faces.

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8 Batman Observes Task Force X Across Metropolis

Batman Reports His Findings To Brainiac

Batman watches Harley Quinn (in her Wonder Woman outfit) from a rooftop

For most of the game, Batman can be heard reporting his observations on Task Force X and the state of Metropolis back to Brainiac. While at first this can seem almost omniscient, the Dark Knight can be spotted watching Task Force X from various rooftops across Metropolis. Occasionally, Deadshot or another character will comment on it if the player spots him, and if they attempt to get close to Batman, he will just drop a smoke pellet and disappear.

7 Many Memorials Can Be Found Across Suicide Squad: KTJL’s Map

Rocksteady Honored Its Colleagues And Other Prominent DC Figures

Players can find several memorial plaques honoring significant people who have worked with Rocksteady or DC actors. Two of these are inside the Hall of Justice’s Inner Sanctum, with one on each side of its main doorway. These are in memory of Batman actor, Kevin Conroy, who passed away in November 2022, and Arleen Sorkin, the inspiration behind and first voice of Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series who passed away in August 2023. Both actors reprised these roles in the Arkhamverse, with Conroy playing Batman in each of Rocksteady’s games, and Sorkin portraying Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham Asylum before Tara Strong took on the role for future installments.

Many consider Kevin Conroy to be the definitive voice of Batman after three decades of playing the character, and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League‘s post-credits sequence also serves as a further tribute to him.

In the wider open world of Metropolis, further memorials can be found for Matthew White, the Senior AI Programmer at Rocksteady who passed away in August 2023 at the age of 40. White worked in the gaming industry for 16 years, notably working at Criterion Games on the Battlefield, Need for Speed, and Star Wars: Battlefront series before joining Rocksteady in 2019. Another memorial is dedicated to Pat McCallum, Co-founder and longtime editor-in-chief of Wizard Magazine who passed away in July 2022. After working at Wizard, McCallum went on to work for DC between 2011 and 2019, in which time he brought many ex-Wizard Magazine employees in to revamp DC Comics’ marketing and editorial, and was one of the principal editorial figures for the 2016 launch of DC Rebirth before being made DC Executive Editor for the DC Universe in 2017.

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6 Task Force X’s Inmate Numbers

The Numbers On Task Force X’s Uniforms Have A Greater Meaning

When players are first introduced to Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League‘s Task Force X, they are seen wearing Arkham Asylum and Belle Reve inmate uniforms, which can be worn and customized throughout the game. These uniforms each clearly state Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, and Captain Boomerang’s inmate numbers, which represent the issue, month, and year of their first comic appearance.

Character

Inmate Number

First Appearance

Deadshot

59-06-50

Batman #59 (June 1950)

Captain Boomerang

117-12-60

The Flash #117 (December 1960)

King Shark

001094

Superboy #0 (October 1994)

Harley Quinn

12-09-93

The Batman Adventures #12 (September 1993)

Harley Quinn’s first appearance as a character was in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Favor”, which aired September 11, 1992, a year before any comic appearances.

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5 Many DC Heroes Seem To Reside In Metropolis

Superman’s Apartment And Many Hero-Run Businesses Can Be Found Across The City

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League‘s Metropolis is filled with references to DC superheroes, with posters for a magic show by Zatanna, as well as the buildings for the Department of Extranormal Operations and Queen Industries, which is run by Green Arrow’s alter ego, Oliver Queen. There are others like Booster Gold International and Kord Industries, which reference the 25th-century time-traveling hero Booster Gold, and Blue Beetle. The building that Clark Kent and Lois Lane lived in, Sullivan Place can also be found in Bakerline with the number “1938” painted on the wall, which also alludes to Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1 in that year.

Scanning Sullivan Place in Bakerline, the Zatanna poster on a theater in the Wonderland District, and the outside of Queen Industries and the Department of Extranormal Operations in the Central Business District all solve various Riddler puzzles.

4 There Are References To Many Other DC Villains

And Hints To Some Of Their Fates

Alongside the many nods to DC’s heroes, there are several references to some of its most notorious villains across the city, some of whom were also members of the Suicide Squad in other media. This includes graffiti for Aquaman foe Black Manta, Peacemaker – who has become popularized again in recent years due to John Cena’s depiction in the 2021 movie The Suicide Squad and its 2022 spin-off series Peacemaker – and Deathstroke, who is heavily rumored to be the fourth playable character to be added to Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League‘s first post-launch season.

There’s also a reference to the Royal Flush gang, which includes further graffiti on the wall of the King’s Flush casino, and a wanted poster for James Gordon Jr, the psychotic son of longtime Batman ally James Gordon, who is now Mayor of Gotham in the Arkhamverse. Other Easter eggs include a blood-splattered kite on the side of a building, alluding to a sad fate for Kite Man, and a splatter of polka dots mixed with blood on a wall suggesting Polka Dot Man’s demise.

3 Flash Steals Boomerang’s Clothes

Boomerang Has To Do Some Fights In His Underwear

Boomerang wearing Flash underwear in the middle of a battle

One feature is completely missable unless players are playing as Captain Boomerang in the third chapter of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Before and during the fight with Flash, the Scarlet Speedster speeds past Boomerang, and before he knows it, Boomerang is left wearing nothing but a pair of Flash-inspired underwear. It’s unlikely that Boomerang would wear underwear modeled after his arch-nemesis, so it’s possible that the brainwashed Flash may have added these himself to further annoy his foe.

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2 Wayne Bank Contains A Recording Between Wonder Woman And Batman

The Two Heroes Discuss Contingency Plans

Wonder Woman and Batman with the Clocktower Cam display in the Wayne Bank vault
Custom Image by Glenn Bunn

A recording between Batman and Wonder Woman can be found upon visiting the vault under Wayne Bank. After running into Wonder Woman in the vault and talking to the hologram of Lex Luthor, if players go toward the “Clocktower Cam 1” display, they can listen to the two heroes discussing the “Justice League experiment” and Bruce’s various contingency plans for if any of the other superheroes were to go rogue, which he also relays to Robin via a holographic recording in the Batcave.

1 Several Calendar Pages Reveal A Hidden Message

What Does Calendar Man Know?

There are twelve hidden calendar pages across the open world each representing a month with a date marked on it. The twelfth, December is located in Centennial Park near to where Batman died and has a Batsymbol scrawled over the 14th instead of the usual red ring. This is a nod to Calendar Man, who players could interact with in Batman: Arkham City, getting new dialogue if they visited him on specific holidays in the year.

As revealed by Batman Arkham Videos, converting the dates into letters (e.g. January 8 = H) they spell out a hidden message saying “HE WILL RETURN“. While this could mean Calendar Man, who was last spotted in the finale of Batman: Arkham Knight watching as Wayne Manor was destroyed, this is most likely hinting at Batman’s return in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League due to the presence of the Batsymbol on December 14.

Source: Batman Arkham Videos/YouTube

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