It’s protected to say Clayface is among the most underrated rogues within the Batman household. DC has been giving him some extra love, although, within the Harley Quinn cartoon, as he performs a component in serving to Harley and Poison Ivy on their eco-terrorist quest to rebuild Gotham utilizing the facility of the Green. Still, Clayface hasn’t turn into that constant A-list villain, not since impersonating Jason Todd when the ex-Robin got here again from the useless in a thoughts sport with the Bat.
However, the upcoming sport Gotham Knights has teased a way more cerebral, assertive, and violent Clayface. In a trailer launched throughout Gamescom that additionally reveals villains similar to Harley Quinn and an upgraded Mr. Freeze, the builders unveiled a model of the villain that appears like he’ll be pushing the heroes to the restrict by mimicking the scariest monster from Stranger Things.
This is the Meat Monster, which was shaped on the finish of Stranger Things Season 3 after all of the Mind Flayer’s cultists melted down into goop. Their natural materials mixed to type this large creature at Starcourt Mall, which ended up killing Billy. Luckily, Eleven would battle again towards it, though it stabbed her and soaked in a few of her powers, permitting Vecna to begin wreaking havoc in Season 4.
Thankfully, the heroes locked off the portal to the Upside Down beneath the mall, chopping off its connection to the Upside Down and at last killing the beast. Fans liked that brawl as a result of, not solely did it lower a horrific, intimidating determine, however the CGI was additionally spot-on. It improved on what masters of horror like John Carpenter did up to now, reminding followers the Netflix sequence can pull off terrifying villains.
Ironically, Clayface will get his likelihood to turn into an analogous monster when the trailer confirmed him dealing with off towards Jason. He taunted Red Hood concerning the theatricality of Gotham’s destruction, joking how all Red Hood might do was “watch the present” as town broke. It performed into Clayface’s previous as an actor, however he cuts the drama brief for horror by warping his physique and turning right into a behemoth with limbs much like the Meat Monster. Red Hood wasn’t fazed by his guttural screams, nevertheless, letting him know he was there to kick his butt.
This is a superb method of constructing Clayface into a real tyrant, with the trailer hinting he’ll have much more character. He was noticed earlier on melting via bars just like the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgement Day, leaving Tim Drake in his wake. It looks like he turned a tentacled monster at 1:48 (very similar to the Meat Monster’s earlier type in Stranger Things), crawling up buildings and evading the Bat-family who is aware of town’s in dire hassle.
That mentioned, Jason is the suitable individual to face this villain, as he’ll have weapons and explosives, particularly after Tim helped along with his arsenal. Ultimately, followers are excited to see how the Clayface Monster plans to counter all this after such a brief tease, however one factor is for sure: This Clayface is coming off like a Kaiju and WMD, and that is a recent and thrilling tackle this lengthy overshadowed villain.
Gotham Knights launches on Oct. 21 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.