Developer WB Games Montreal has released a new trailer for Gotham Knights that focuses on the abilities of Batman's protege, Robin.

Robin, one of the four playable characters in Gotham Knights, seems to have plenty of gadgets and tricks at his disposal. The trailer (opens in a new tab) shows the masked hero using his staff to deflect bullets, placing explosive decoys in the middle of combat to distract enemies, and speeding towards thugs using a grappling hook.

More surprisingly, it also shows Robin wielding the deadliest of all weapons; that tool feared by criminal masterminds everywhere: the slingshot. In the true spirit of a bolder Bart Simpson, it looks like Robin can shoot flashbangs through the air and launch unidentified projectiles into the foreheads of enemies. He is very dangerous.

Take a look at the trailer below.

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More surprisingly, Robin can also teleport using "Justice League satellite teleportation technology." While not a completely convincing explanation of the sci-fi kit, it does offer some interesting combat routines. Robin can jump short distances while fighting, instantly jumping between opponents.

But the mention of the Justice League is pretty weird. Until now, Gotham Knights' relationship to the wider DC Universe has been unclear, with trailers and gameplay focusing only on Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood. If the Justice League is an established organization in the gaming world, we might expect other DC characters to appear as cameos, or even in future DLC, depending on the success of the game.

Elsewhere in the trailer, we get a good look at the different threads Robin will be using. There's a good range, ranging from bright and gaudy to a level of dark and brooding that would make Batman proud.

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