In the last installment of the Arkham trilogy we find out that the mysterious mercenary leader with an army who calls himself Arkham Knight is no other than

Jason Todd - previous Robin captured, tortured and presumably killed by Joker

That would explain his training, abilities and knowledge of Batman, but it doesn't explain where he got such a huge army with several hundreds of drone tanks and helicopters.

So where did he get the money / manpower to launch a full scale attack?

  • Having been a Batman fan in my preteen years, during the period in which Jason Todd was killed, the fact that they brought him back to life is surprisingly annoying to me. I know that comic book characters don't stay dead, but still... we actually got to vote on whether Jason should die, and the result was conclusive: everyone wanted him dead. Grr... – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jul 11 '15 at 0:44

TL;DR: For a man with his skills & charisma, obtaining followers or resources would be quite easy.

Although their exact origin is unknown, the Arkham Knight Militia would appear to be a pre-existing mercenary unit that ended up working for The Arkham Knight.

We know that

Jason Todd spent several months in Venezuela, presumably recovering from his time with The Joker and planning his revenge on Batman.

It's safe to assume that he found the mercenaries at this time and convinced them to work for him, possibly with promises of future riches (looting Gotham City, maybe?). Once he had the manpower, obtaining money or further resources would be relatively easy.

Another possibility is that the antagonist

had access to many of Bruce Wayne's secrets. This could have possibly included bank accounts and/or hidden reserves of money & resources. Not to mention his own skills, which would make theft of said valuables quite easy.

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    One of the incidental dialogue bursts in-game mentions that, at least according to Thug #28947, Lex Luthor is one of many investors in their operation. – Nerrolken Jul 10 '15 at 23:30

I hate to answer my own question, but today I managed to get all the Riddler's trophies and that unlocked some more background story.

Arkham Knight got the money

after he aproached Dr. Crane (Scarecrow) with a plan and specifically asked for 3 billion dollars for which to buy army and drones. We can only assume Crane already had this kind of money or held another meeting with the criminal underworld.

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