Matt Reeve’s The Batman has taken the world by storm & has grounded Robert Pattison as a favorable Batman amongst the comic book community & moviegoers who shun his reveal as Batman. With the praise that The Batman received, it was no surprise that Reeves & Warner Bros. Discovery announced the sequel yesterday.
Reeves’ Batman universe has expanded already with his GCPD & Penguin series heading to HBO Max. The GCPD series will follow Gordon before he earned the Commissioner position & the Penguin series will follow Oswalt throughout his climb up the criminal underworld ladder. We’ll most likely see both cross paths with familiar villains from Batman’s rogue gallery. But where will the sequel take us? Joker was revealed at the end of the film, but does this mean he will headline the sequel? I’m going to shed some light on where I think the follow-up films will go.
If you haven’t seen The Batman yet, you might want to avoid reading further, as some spoilers might pop up. The Batman was more of an origin story for the villains & anti-heroes & diverted from the familiar path of showing how Bruce became Batman. In the film, Bruce tells us that Batman has been a presence in Gotham for two years & I believe that Reeves will continue to tell stories that center on characters that Bruce/Batman interacts with instead of Bruce/Batman himself. With that being said, the Court of Owls is what I see Reeves focusing on next & I’d like to believe their story will cover the remainder of this trilogy; however, the story will be centered on Dick Grayson, who is the first Robin.
You may have been recently introduced to the Court of Owls via 2015’s animated movie Batman vs. Robin, but comic book readers first came across them in the Batman (vol. 2) #3 comic. So how would Dick Grayson tie into a Court of Owls film? Dick’s great-grandfather, William Cobb, became Talon, a master assassin for the Court of Owls. Cobb also worked at the circus & was became an expert with knives. When he became an adult, he fell in love with a woman named Amelia, who came from the Gotham elite. Amelia’s father told William to stay away from his daughter since he was not of the elite circle, to which William ignored her father’s wishes & impregnated Amelia. The Court of Owls later recruited William; however, before he fully committed himself to the secret organization, he visited Amelia one last time & stole their child. William gave the child to Nathaniel Haley, the circus owner he was once a part of & told Nathaniel: “Raise him with Haly in secret, Nathaniel… prepare him for legacy. My son. The Gray Son of Gotham”. William’s son would become John Grayson’s father & his son, Dick Grayson’s grandfather.
I think that the last film in Reeves’ trilogy should bring in the Court of the Owls & should focus on Talon being sent to kill Bruce because he interfered with the Court of Owls’ plans for Gotham. The last film should flesh out Bruce’s family’s past since Talon admitted that he “loves killing Waynes” & should also reveal Dick’s connection to the Court of Owls. We still don’t know how Bruce’s parents died in this new trilogy. Wouldn’t it be a twist if Talon killed Thomas & Martha Wayne? Imagine Bruce finding this out after raising Dick as his son or brother. Imagine Dick being torn between the man that took him in & raised him & his family that wants him to inherit the position of Talon with the Court of Owls. This would be a deep & “dark” story to tell & would be more of a Shakesperian take on the relationship between Bruce & Dick since Bruce is currently looked at as the “Son of Gotham,” & Dick was meant to be the “Gray Son of Gotham.”
The Court of Owls story would end with the last film in the trilogy but continue in a Nightwing standalone film. The first film should be a mixture of Night of the Owls, Forever Evil: Arkham War & The Dark Gift. If you haven’t read any of the three, definitely jump on it. So, would you like to see the Court of Owls appear in The Batman trilogy?