This always kind of confused me, as i don't recall a reason being given for what Bruce was locked up for in Batman: Arkham City? The only thing shown is him trying to urge Gotham to have Arkham City closed, and then the Tyger guards arrest him.

What was his crime?

  • Powerful corporation who operate above the law? What is this, an episode of Knight Rider?
    – Valorum
    Dec 24, 2019 at 21:45
  • But it's clear that the people he has placed in Arkham City, he frames for crimes. Dec 24, 2019 at 22:37
  • After watching the intro of the game again, it seems that it was more a kidnapping than a legal arrest. Is there any reason that makes you think otherwise?
    – Taladris
    Jan 18, 2020 at 3:40
  • Arkham City has a bunch of "political prisoners," so apparently Gotham has gone into full martial law.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Jan 18, 2020 at 4:00

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At this point in Batman: Arkham City, the mayor of Gotham is Quincy Sharp. Sharp was manipulated by Hugo Strange, the current warden of Arkham City, who helped him win the election. In exchange, Sharp basically allowed Strange to do whatever he wanted, helped by a generous amount of mind control. As seen here:

SHARP: Strange came to me back at the asylum. He told me he had friends, powerful friends. The sort of people who could make things happen. All I had to do was turn a blind eye to his experiments, and work on my campaign. He said his friends would ensure that I won.

BATMAN: Who are they?

SHARP: I have no idea. I never met them. They funded everything. Money was no problem. All I had to do was set up Arkham City and put Strange in charge. It made perfect sense. The scum of Gotham needed to be punished. It would be my legacy.

BATMAN: Strange has been removing anyone with evidence against him and sending them into Arkham City. Enjoy your legacy.

Batman: Arkham City

Not only that, Mayor Sharp has declared martial law, as detailed in the Arkham City comic miniseries, which means that all the usual protections against unjustified arrest are irrelevant. In particular, he's given the TYGER guards authorization kill people (and, presumably, to detain them arbitrarily).

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This has allowed Strange to imprison, not just Bruce Wayne, but many other political prisoners: anyone with evidence against him, but also anyone who opposed him. For instance, at least one journalist covering Bruce Wayne's press conference was also detained.

So, in short, Hugo Strange didn't have Bruce Wayne arrested, exactly, and the latter certainly didn't commit any crime. He had him detained by his brainwashed private security guards, TYGER security, which he was able to get away with because Mayor Sharp, whose campaign was bankrolled by Strange's backer R'as al Ghul, gave him essentially unlimited leeway due to his belief that Arkham City would help end crime in Gotham, which in turn was influenced by Strange's mind control.


When Batman gets his suit and attempts to hack into TYGER communications, if you instead listen to the Gotham FM and GCPD radio transmissions through the cryptographic sequencer, you can hear Vicki Vale and Commissioner Gordon discussing the unconstitutionality of this. Gordon orders GCPD to stop any more prisoners from being transferred. He states that Wayne's lawyers are going to have a "field day" with Wayne's arbitrary detention. This was definitely unconstitutional. I think Strange wanted the prisoners to be killed before any legal challenges could be brought up. Check out this walkthrough from the Wii-U version (0:30-1:32): youtube.com/watch?v=jPziWyun6RU

  • Can you provide an actual quote or transcript to back this answer up?
    – Valorum
    Dec 3, 2020 at 0:28
  • Sure. Check out this walkthrough from the Wii-U version (0:30-1:32): youtube.com/watch?v=jPziWyun6RU
    – Publius
    Dec 3, 2020 at 21:34
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    Great, but don't tell me. Edit it into your answer instead!
    – Valorum
    Dec 3, 2020 at 21:54

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