Random ideas for Telltale's Batman S3
Considering this forum is still active, it's possible that the third season will be greenlit if/when Telltale is reborn. So, here's a few breadcrumbs I'm throwing their way.
BTW, these concepts aren't meant to be used in a single story. They're more like post-it notes hastily slapped on the wall of the writers' room.
1) Five years have passed since the events of THE ENEMY WITHIN. If Alfred stayed with Bruce, he appears in the first ten minutes of episode one. If he left, he doesn't show up until midway through.
2) Depending on the player's decisions in THE ENEMY WITHIN, Bruce is either mending his relationship with Selina Kyle, or engaging in serious discussion about marriage.
3) Pamela Isley & Kirk Langstrom are both scientists working at Wayne Enterprises in different branches.
4) In stark contrast to other depictions of the character, Pamela Isley is a fat, unattractive woman...but only at first.
5) The fully mutated version of Man-Bat is NOT the animalistic incarnation seen in most continuities, but more along the lines of the articulate and eloquent creature from Jamie Delano and John Bolton's MAN-BAT graphic novel.
6) The Joker has been moved from Arkham to a smaller psychiatric institution under the personal supervision of Hugo Strange. Bruce visits the Joker in his holding cell every month or so.
7) Rumors of Bruce Wayne being Batman (stepping up from older rumors of Wayne secretly funding Batman) have increased on various online forums and networking services.
8) Digging deeper into his father's past, Bruce Wayne unearths troubling connections between Thomas Wayne and a sinister cabal called the Court of Owls that has supposedly existed since Gotham's colonial era. The Court later offers Bruce Wayne the choice of either being inducted into their ranks (partly out of respect for Thomas, one of their most valued and trusted members), or have his entire fortune swiftly destroyed.
9) In the penultimate episode, the Court abducts Joker from his confinement. Depending if the player had Bruce agree to join the Court, they could be using Joker as a doomsday weapon to direct at Gotham, or a trump card against Bruce himself. Hugo Strange is killed in the process. Alternatively, Man-Bat or Poison Ivy breaks him out.
10) At the next-to-last episode's conclusion, the Joker forces Batman into a kill-or-be-killed predicament where several innocent lives hang in the balance (or maybe just Alfred's). If the Joker became Batman's enemy in THE ENEMY WITHIN, he's simply trying to drag Batman down to his level. If Joker and Bruce became friends, he says he's "being cruel to be kind," in order to turn Bruce into "everything he's supposed to be."
11) If Batman refuses, he finds another way to defeat Joker while saving whoever he's threatening from death. If he kills Joker, Joker's corpse breathes out a gas that rewires Batman's mind, transforming him into...that's right, The Batman Who Laughs.
12) Bruce continues to be Batman in the last instalment, or as TBWL in a radically different playthrough where the player can no longer choose between good or evil, but only decide on the extent of TBWL's villainy, allowing for fleeting moments of humanity and reflection, or characterizing him as a flat-out monster. The Court of Owls or Poison Ivy/Man-Bat would be Batman's primary nemesis in the "White Knight" version of the final episode. In the TBWL version, it would be Commissioner Gordon and Harvey Bullock.