This year is Batman’s 80th anniversary – the Dark Knight first appeared in Detective Comics #27 way back in 1939. And today, it seems like WB Games’ Montreal studio is teasing something Batman-related – probably a new Arkham game.
The tease comes in tweet form, with a video showing the bat signal displayed on an office building. While the shot doesn’t change, four strange glyphs briefly flash over the scene. WB Games hasn’t said what they mean, but they seem to reference perennial Batman antagonist Ra’s al Ghul and the relatively new villainous organization the Court of Owls.
Now, I’m not super up to date on my Batman lore, and so I turned to PCGamesN’s resident DC comics expert Chris Capel to help make sense of what we’re looking at here. Chris explains that the fourth symbol, which looks like an evil demon’s head, is a clear reference to Ra’s al Ghul.
Ra’s appears in Arkham Knight’s DLC, which Chris says featured two factions vying for control of the organization. Depending on how that wrapped up, it could easily set up his return in a new Akham title.
Here’s the tweet:
— WB Games Montréal (@WBGamesMTL) September 22, 2019
Notably, this is the first time the studio has tweeted since 2015.
People who have responded on Twitter seem to think the other symbols reference the Court of Owls, a criminal organization introduced fairly recently in the Batman Vol. 2 series in 2011. They’re supposedly a shadowy organization that has been controlling Gotham since colonial times, and they employ a cadre of undead assassins who may or may not be human-owl hybrids and/or undead, depending on which storyline you’re following.
Chris thinks it’s unlikely that they’re involved in a new game. His guess is that the other glyphs shown in the video represent factions within Ra’s League of Shadows. For the moment, there’s no way to be sure.
Some commenters are optimistically forecasting an official announcement at Sony’s State of Play presentation Tuesday. Another possibility is the XO19 event, which will be held in London November 14-16.
In the meantime, you can get a half-dozen Batman games for free over at the Epic Games store right now.
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