Update: A few hours after posting the original story below the four symbols that were shown in WB Games Montreal's Batman 60th Anniversary were tweeted out once again with the caption "Capture the Knight/ Cape Sur La Nuit." If it wasn't suspected that an announcement is imminent before then it sure is now.
This past weekend was Batman's 60th anniversary. It was in Detective Comics #27 that the Caped Crusader first appeared and since has been present in almost every form of medium. While everyone was celebrating the occasion talking about favorite Batman iterations and historic moments a tweet from WB Games Montreal caught a lot of people's eye.
If you blink you'll miss it but during the 30-second video four symbols briefly flash on the screen. While there has been a lot of guesses for what the first three symbols are a reference to everyone seems to agree that the final image, the one that looks like a demon is likely a reference to the Demon's Head. This is, of course, a reference to Ra's Al Ghul the head of the League of Assassin's and father to Talia Al Ghul, both of which appeared as central characters in Batman: Arkham Knight. If you want to see those four images a bit clearer twitter users have screengrabbed them for us.
Adding Fuel to the FireIt was shortly after this tweet went out that Batman writer Scott Snyder replied to it with #BewareTheCourtOfOwls. This tweet was removed shortly after but not before screenshots were taken. The Court of Owls is a reference to an Illuminati-like group that was introduced in 2013's New 52 Batman comic written by, you guessed it, Scott Snyder.
What is the Court of Owls?The line itself "Beware the Court of Owls" is the first line of a Gotham nursery rhyme. The rhyme serves not just as a way to put children to sleep but also alludes to the invisible court that is the true ruling power over Gotham. The citizens are warned that even if they're aware of the presence of the court to not speak of them for fear of their lives.
Beware The Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadow perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them or they'll send The Talon for your head.This isn't the first time that the Court of Owls has been referenced in WB Games Montreal's development. Last year an employee of WB Games Montreal tweeted an image of a shirt with a large owl logo on the back jokingly redacting part of the tweet where a games title could be.
Batman Rumors and References Have Been EverywhereIn the past week, we've also had Batman Arkham Asylum, City, and Knight, as well as LEGO Batman 1-3, all be included in Epic's free game deal. This alone has led us to ponder whether the next Batman title will be an Epic Games Store Exclusive. Batman has also invaded Fortnite in its latest public event. While all of these events have been circling around the 60th anniversary for Batman one more big game announcement wouldn't go amiss.
What do you think of all of this evidence? Are you excited to see the Court of Owls appearing in a Batman Game? Do you think we really will see this game tomorrow?