Warner Bros Montreal teases next game, Batman suspicions heightened

  • Video games
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

A partially completed image posted to WB Games Montreal's site references Batman label DC Comics in its copyright disclaimer. — AFP Relaxnews

Posted to the studio's social media accounts, early reactions to the symbol peg it as a redesigned badge for the Gotham City Police Department or, if not, another branch of civil law enforcement.

The studio also made an explicit connection to a September 2019 tease.

Then, on DC Comics' Batman Day, the Canadian studio revealed an image of a demon's head seal.

Some fans linked the treatment to one of Batman's most deadly enemies, his mentor Ra's al Ghul, who is also known as Demon's Head.

As well as featuring in 2005 film Batman Begins, Ra's was central to some post-release content for another Batman: Arkham game, 2015's Arkham Knight.

Prior to that, in November 2018, a staff member had posted a photo to her personal account showing a circular owl-like logo.

Even before then, the studio's Creative Director had shared a December 2017 staff party photo that had three individuals wearing statuesque owl masks.

The mask designs were taken from a 2011 comic book storyline about a group called the Court of Owls, ultimately connected to Ra's al Ghul.

Can any of this be put down to coincidence or discarded concept designs? The owls, perhaps, but WB Games Montreal explicitly connected the law enforcement and demon's head symbols with a Jan 9 website update.

A full-screen graphic placing the emblems inside an interwoven circular design. With two of six large outer circles now occupied, each delivered 15 weeks apart, it would take until March 2021 to complete the set at current rates.

However, with Montreal's last big Batman game released in 2015, more likely is a 2020 reveal, if not release, in time for the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. – AFP Relaxnews

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