It’s been the talk of the town for quite a while that WB Montreal, the studio behind Batman: Arkham Origins, is working on a new game starring the Dark Knight. According to a series of rumors over the past few weeks, including one sparked by an employee at the studio, it seems that the new game will see Batman face off against the Court of Owls, a criminal organization made up of the wealthiest citizens in Gotham City.
The Court of Owls rumors began when production coordinator Valerie Valdez posted a picture of a t-shirt with an owl-themed logo that’s similar to the one used by the villains in the comics:
WB Montreal did not comment on the game at the time, but the rumor mill is back at it today thanks to new images revealed by digital artist Eddie Mendoza, who uploaded three pieces depicting Batman fighting Talons, the Court of Owls’ elite assassins, to his ArtStation portfolio. According to Games Radar, Mendoza took down the images, which he claimed he’d done just for fun, a short time later, causing the internet to only grow more suspicious. Were Mendoza’s pieces actually concept art for an upcoming Batman game?
In a statement to Games Radar, Mendoza clarified that “the images are just fanart [and] I am not affiliated with WB or WB Montreal.” The artist explained that he took down the paintings to “adjust the lighting.” The images have not been re-uploaded as of this writing. We’re not going to post the art here, but you can find them elsewhere if you look hard enough.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Court of Owls, the criminal organization (although you could probably call it an owl cult?) made its debut in 2011 in the early days of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s fantastic run on Batman. The Caped Crusader faced off against the Court in a battle that almost cost him both mind and body. Along the way, Bruce discovered that he had a bigger connection to the Court than he could have ever imagined, a shocking twist that still leaves me breathless just thinking about it so many years later. Needless to say, the story is worth a read, especially since the Court still shows up in current DC books and has even made an appearance on Gotham. It’s a group worth knowing.
WB’s upcoming superhero projects have long been the subject of scrutiny from anxious fans. WB Montreal is said to be working on two separate DC games. If one of them is this Court of Owls game, then the other might be a Damian Wayne game first uncovered by Kotaku. The studio was previously working on a Suicide Squad game, but that was canceled in 2016.
Recently, Rocksteady co-founder Sefton Hill shut down rumors that the Batman Arkham studio is working on a Superman game. There are also reports that the team is working on a Justice League game, but take that with a grain of salt.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about the next Batman game! In the meantime, here’s a guide to every upcoming superhero game.