It was immediately clear why Warner Bros. and Rocksteady had chosen the venue they had for the final press showing of Arkham Knight. The St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, despite its name, looks like it belongs in Gotham City. It is an imposing red brick, marble, and steel structure that could quite easily serve as an overrun hideout for any of the series’ villains. Penguin, perhaps; it has that air of grandeur and ostentatiousness that Cobblepot seems to gravitate towards to offset his less than threatening appearance.
As I sit in the entrance hall waiting for the event to start, I half expect Batman to come smashing through the frosted glass ceiling above me; for half a dozen London businessmen to flip over tables and pull out assault rifles; for the foyer to turn into a signature Arkham series Challenge Map. The thing is, the hotel is so unmistakably Gotham because it was Gotham: it was a set used in the feature film, Batman Begins.
Once I had made my way up to the suite holding the event, I found myself in a grand living room, only the living room was made up to resemble one from Wayne Manor: Arkham series music played in the background, projected swarms of bats would screech and flutter their way across the ceiling, and an enormous family portrait of Bruce and his parents hung above the fireplace. For today, Rocksteady wanted us to be in Gotham.