ByTaylor Standifird, writer at
I'm just a nerdy guy from a little town in Utah who loves movies, superheroes, and writing.
Taylor Standifird
The Court of Owls watches, watches all the time. Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They see you at your hearth. And they see you in your bed. Speak not a whispered word about them...or they'll send the Talon for your head.

As an extreme

fan, there are just so many stories and villains that I'd love to see that haven't been explored nearly enough or at all in the films.

With the history that's been created by the New 52, those stories have been expanded, new characters have been created, and we're seeing faces that haven't been around in the comics before. One of those stories that I've loved the most is the Court of Owls storyline.

The Court of Owls is a secret society that, until recent events, has only been rumors and bedtime scary stories in Gotham. They're made up of the elite members of Gotham, from politicians to the extremely rich. They use a combination of murder and money to enforce their will in Gotham. The murder segment is carried out by their personal assassins, known as Talons.

Image from animated movie: Batman vs. Robin (2015)
Image from animated movie: Batman vs. Robin (2015)

The Talons are not only skilled in dealing out death, but the Court has augmented their biology so that they can heal from almost any type of injury and even reanimate in the event that their body dies. Without going too into detail about the story, because it is quite extensive and difficult to summarize, the Dark Knight must investigate brutal murders seemingly by a Talon, even fending off an attack on Bruce Wayne...

There's nobody I'd want more than Ben Affleck to combat the Court, and we already know that he's allegedly signed up for three solo Batman films to last for the next decade. So these are the people that I'd love to see fill the other two major roles for the better part of the story.

Luke Evans as Primary Talon

I know I've used Luke Evans as casting before, but it's only because I love his acting style that much. He'd be amazing as the Talon not only because he has the body type and appropriate look, but also because he's already been a cunning villain in Fast & Furious 6, and a skilled warrior in Dracula Untold and the Hobbit series. Evans has everything I want in a comic book villain, and that's why I'll continue to use him for multiple roles.

Batman: Court of Owls Vol. 1
Batman: Court of Owls Vol. 1

Andrew Garfield as Dick Grayson/Nightwing

Known most recently for Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man series, Garfield is my choice for the first Robin because he too fits the part near perfectly. He's already demonstrated the boyish charm, slim but athletic physique, and acrobatic ability necessary for the role in his performances as Spidey. The biggest thing that Garfield would have to work on in the translation to Nightwing is his brutality. The Boy Wonder is very dark and has an inferiority complex in his comparability to Batman himself.

Image from Batman: Court of Owls Vol. 1
Image from Batman: Court of Owls Vol. 1

Those are the two primary roles that would be the most necessary for the film adaptation of this story, as the Court of Owls higher-ups are always behind masks and Alfred is already being portrayed by the incomparable Jeremy Irons.

Court of Owls is an intense, all-in thrill ride from start to finish, with appearances by almost all of the main characters in the Batman comics. It's been my favorite New 52 story for my hero so far, and it would be a spectacular film, with the only drawback being having to fit this huge story into two hours of film.

What comic book story would you like made into one of the solo, or team films? Leave your favorites in the comments!

Sources:, Batman Vs. Robin (2015), Batman: The Court of Owls Vol. 1,


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