BATMAN: The Court of Owl's (FanCast)
After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he's sworn to protect. Could the Court of Owls, once thought to be nothing more than an urban legend, be behind the crime and corruption? Or is Bruce Wayne losing his grip on sanity and falling prey to the pressures of his war on crime? How I would transfer this great story to film, and the people that would help translate it.
This is a fan cast for in my opinion one of the best Batman stories since Frank Miller was writing them. I love this story and have read it multiple times and I decided to do a fan cast for it. Here it is!
(Note: some of the actors chosen are already in CBM’s. This is MY dream cast. I do not expect any of these choices to be carried out in reality (except my Batman choice))
Plot: After stopping an outbreak in Arkham Asylum with Dick Grayson’s help, Bruce attends a formal gathering in Wayne Manor and announces Wayne Enterprises new goal of rebuilding certain districts of Gotham City as well as improving the train system. He listens in on a conversation Commissioner Gordon is having on the phone about a murder. Leaving the party, Batman meets up with Harvey Bullock to investigate the crime scene. He discovers a message saying “Bruce Wayne will DIE tomorrow” and after returning to the Bat Cave finds out from the analysis of some DNA samples found in the area, that the killer is Dick Grayson.
The following day, while meeting up with Lincoln March, Gotham City’s new mayoral candidate, for a conversation in the Old Wayne Tower, Bruce is attacked by a mysterious assassin who overpowers him and throws him off the window. Bruce struggles with the assassin in mid-air and manages to grab on to a gargoyle while the assassin falls down. He discovers that his attacker is an assassin sent by the Court of Owls known as the Talon, but does not believe it as the Court of Owls is simply an old nursery rhyme.
Batman manages to escape from a trap set by the Court of Owls during his investigation into whether they really exist or not. After returning to the Bat Cave, he tells Dick of how he investigated the existence of the Court some time after the death of his parents and discovered nothing. Continuing his investigation in the sewers of Gotham City, Batman is suddenly knocked out by the Talon; after waking up, he finds himself trapped in the Court’s labyrinth.
Batman has been missing for days, but Commissioner Gordon refuses to turn the Bat Signal off, using it as a source of hope for their allies and Gotham City. Batman is unable to escape the labyrinth and keeps finding himself returning again and again to the same places and is slowly being driven insane. The Talon then suddenly attacks Batman. Beaten and battered, all hope seems lost for Batman, but he manages to fight back and eventually finishes of the Talon. He finally escapes the labyrinth through an opening he created that leads to and returns to the Bat Cave through the sewers.
Soon after escaping the labyrinth, the Court of Owls sends out all of their Talons to attack the public figures of Gotham City in order to take it back. In the Bat Cave, Bruce reveals to Nightwing that the Talon who attacked him is William Cobb, Dick’s great-grandfather, as well as the fact that he was meant to be a Talon as well.
Numerous Talons attack Bruce as he maneuvers around Wayne Manor to reach the Bat Cave. Once there, more Talons arrive and eventually corner him and Alfred into the armory where they lock themselves in. Bruce exits the armory wearing a special armor and tells the Talons to “Get the hell out of [his] house.” While analyzing the data found on a Talon’s gauntlet, Alfred finds a list of assassination targets for the Talons. Alfred calls the rest of the family (Red Robin, Red Hood, Robin, Nightwing, and Bat Girl), asking for their help to save Gotham City.
Batman fights off as much Talons as he can, but they eventually overpower him and are slowly destroying his armor. Then suddenly, a swarm of bats arrive and attack the Talons, saving Batman in the process and allowing him to finish off the remaining Talons. Batman goes to Arkham Asylum in order to save Dr. Arkham; Talons attack them both until the inmates are released who then proceed to attack the Talons. He then proceeds to Lincoln March’s location to save him but is too late; he finds a dying March who gives him a message, the names of three members of the Court of Owls.
After scaring off one of the members of the Court in their own house, Batman goes to Harbor House, a building he investigated in search of the Court back when he was a child. He swears to end the Court of Owls once and for all. But instead of finding the members of the Court, he finds them all dead in the dining room. He realizes who was behind this attack and goes to Willowwood Home for Children, a hospital for children suffering from mental illnesses and neurological disorders. He finds an undead Lincoln March, who staged what looked to be the Court of Owls suicide. March begins to talk about their plans of training a new Talon, one with a new, modern armor able to match that of Batman’s. He begins wearing the armor while Batman explains his theory that March was once an inmate in the hospital. March then reveals his truth: he is Bruce Wayne’s brother that never was, Thomas Wayne Jr. He claims to have been placed in Willowwood, back when it was a premiere hospital, after being born early and hurt due to a car accident. After Thomas and Martha Wayne died, Willowwood lost its funding and eventually became the hospital for mentally ill children that it was known for.
Batman and Lincoln March begin their battle; March easily brushes off all of Bruce’s attack and eventually throws him through the walls and flies him around Gotham City, smashing him around onto different structures. Batman manages to plant a small bomb on March’s back and stops him. March survives the explosion and manages to capture Batman once more, this time in a building where he begins to plant explosives. Batman manages to escape just in time as the explosives detonate, leaving March behind as he taunts him, telling him to run away from the truth.
Bruce has returned to Wayne Manor and is slowly healing from his wounds. He tells Commissioner Gordon that he privately searched the wreckage of the destroyed tower but didn’t find anything. Dick arrives and Bruce tells him the truth: for one night, Bruce Wayne had a brother. His brother was born premature and with neurological damage and only lived for a single night. He explains his investigation on the matter, stating that the medical records were not faked and how his parents would have told him if Thomas Wayne Jr. did survive. He says that the truth is a mystery for now, until he finds the evidence that will answer it. Bruce gives some more of his insight on what has happened and declares that when the Court of Owls will reemerge, he will always be watching.
Film producers prepare and then supervise the making of a film before presenting the product to a financing entity or a film distributor. They might be employed by a film studio or be independent, yet either way they helm the creative people as well as the accounting personnel.
Bruce Timm (Every DC Animated feature since Batman: TAS): Bruce Timm deserves to be producer of this movie. He should be like the Kevin Fiege of the DCCU rather than Chris Nolan or Zack Snyder. He knows Batman inside and out and if he does try to change anything about the movie like some producers do it’ll be for the better.
A film director is a person who directs the making of a film. Generally, a film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects, and visualizes the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision.
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Noah): Aronofsky would beautifully direct this movie. That issue in the court of owls story arc where Batman is in the maze and he’s going crazy would be done great by Aronofsky. He could do it better than anyone else I could think of. Just keep him away from the story.
A screenwriter or scriptwriter or scenarist is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting, writing screenplays on which mass media such as films, television programs, comics or video games are based.
Coen Brothers (True Grit, No Country For Old Men): The Coen brothers are great writers and would be great for any Batman movie. Critics have praised them for adapting the original True Grit book into movie form. If they can adapt that well they can adapt the court/night of owls storyline.
This is a person that oversees the script and makes sure the writers don’t stray too far away from the source material. He also can give input on the story
Scott Snyder (Court of Owls, Night of Owls, Death of the Family, The Black Mirror): This guy knows Batman inside out and he wrote the story this movie is based off of.
Bruce Wayne witnessed the murder of his billionaire parents as a child and swore to avenge them. He trained extensively to achieve both mental and physical perfection, mastering detective skills, martial arts, and criminal psychology. Costumed as a bat to prey on criminals' fear and utilizing a high-tech arsenal in his crusade to rid Gotham City of crime, the legendary Batman was born. Batman would’ve been working for 13 years now. You might think this is a long time, but it’s realistic since he’s had 4 sidekicks and started Batman Inc. 1st year alone. 2nd and 3rd year with Dick as Robin. 4th year sees Bats alone for 6 months until he finds Jason and he becomes Robin. Barbara becomes Batgirl around the same time. 6th year sees Jason die in June so Jason was Robin for two years. Batgirl is shot in the legs. 7th and 8th year see Bats alone with Oracle. 9th 10th and 11th year see Bats alone. 12th and 13th year are when he establishes Batman Inc, Damian becomes Robin and Barbara returns as Batgirl.
Ben Affleck (Age: 41, Height: 6’2 , Argo, The Town): Ben Affleck is the new Batman. I honestly think it’s a good choice and I really want to see how it turns out. None of us know what his performance will be like.
Alfred Pennyworth is Bruce Wayne's loyal father figure and butler. Alfred raised Bruce (and later Dick Grayson) after the death of the Waynes. A former British secret agent, Alfred is a skilled surgeon who often fixes members of the Bat-Family.
Timothy Dalton (Age: 69, 6’2, License to Kill, The Living Daylights): Timothy Dalton is a great actor who would make an amazing Alfred. This Alfred I think should lean a little more towards the earth one version.
Raised in Haly’s Circus as a skilled trapeze artist, Dick Grayson studied under Batman for years as the first Robin until maturing into the hero called Nightwing. He would eventually assume his mentor’s role for a short term, but recently reclaimed the identity of Nightwing upon Bruce Wayne's return. He was adopted by Bruce at age 14, but did not become Robin till later.
Chace Crawford (Age: 28, 6’0, Gossip Girl, Twelve): I think Crawford would make an excellent Nightwing. He’s the perfect age for the part (If Batman is 41 and started 13 years ago Robin would be 16 when he started). He looks the part, and he’s a good actor.
Damian Wayne is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul. Trained by the League of Assassins all his life, Damian joined his father’s side in the war against crime by becoming the fifth Robin.
Chandler Riggs (Age: 14, 4’11, The Walking Dead, Get Low): Chandler Riggs is a talented young actor who I think would make an awesome Damian. His mature hardened attitude on TWD is proof that he would be good as Damian.
As a young boy, Tim Drake cleverly deduced the identity of Batman. After the death of Jason Todd, Tim convinced Batman that he should be the new Robin. Eventually resigning as Robin, he is now Red Robin, the leader of the Teen Titans.
Asa Butterfield (Age: 16, 5’10, Enders Game, Hugo): Asa Butterfield is a very talented actor who would be a great choice for Red Robin. He’s done well in previous movies and did good in Enders Game.
Jason Todd was the second Robin, brutally murdered by the Joker. Resurrected, Jason turned against his mentor for not avenging his death. Now on a path to redemption, Jason uses the skills Batman taught him as an anti-hero using the Joker's former known identity: Red Hood. He now leads a Group named the Outlaws.
Aaron Taylor Johnson (Age: 23, 5’11, Kick-@$$ 1 & 2, Savages): ATJ would make a perfect Red Hood. He has the bad boy quality that Red Hood has. He’s also an incredible actor and honestly would be a great choice for any of the Robins. He just fits Jason best.
Barbara Gordon was the first modern age Batgirl, until she was brutally shot by the Joker, rendering her paralyzed from the waist down. Barbara reinvented herself as Oracle, providing intelligence to the DCU heroes and leading the Birds of Prey. She has recently become Batgirl again to protect Gotham City.
Jennifer Lawrence (Age: 23, 5’8, Hunger Games, Silver Lining’s Playbook ): Jennifer Lawrence would be a perfect choice for Batgirl. She’s a very talented actress and has already won an Oscar.
The Talons are the Court of Owls' army of lethal superhuman assassins. Each Talon possesses the abilities of flexibility, intelligence, and is able to regenerate broken bones. Each is an expert marksman who works closely with blades. The Court members are aware when a talon may die, so they control the variables allowing them to meet their passing. Once dead, they are collected to be injected with a compound in to their cells allowing their bodies to preserve. However, buried within a tooth is the Court emblem ready to be sparked sending signals to the body, sending it back to life.
Scott Adkins (Age: 37, 5’11, Expendables 2, Assassin Games): Scott Adkins would play the main Talon that is seen throughout the Court of Owls story arc. Many different stuntmen/women would play the other Talons seen in Night of Owls.
Catwoman, the costumed alias persona of Selina Kyle, is a mostly reformed cat burglar with an on-again, off-again, romantic relationship with Batman. She is shown as a woman who is very strong-willed, independent and morally conflicted with her past.
Gemma Arterton (Age: 27, 5’7, Byzantium, Quantum of Solace): Gemma is a great actress that I think would be great as Catwoman. She also is hot which is mandatory.
James Gordon was one of Batman's first supporters, helping him fight against crime and corruption. Rising to the rank of Commissioner in the Gotham City Police Department, he remains one of Batman's greatest allies.
Josh Brolin (Age: 45, 5’10, Gangster Squad, True Grit): Josh Brolin would honestly make an incredible Commissioner Gordon. I didn’t want to go with the cliché Bryan Cranston choice, and I wanted to try something new. Based on movies like Gangster Squad, Brolin would make an excellent Gordon.
After losing his parents at a young age, David Zavimbe was salvaged from orphanage by a local warlord. Zavimbe later escaped that life and became a police officer in the corrupted city of Tinasha. In an effort to right the heinous crimes he committed as a child solider, Zavimbe began a career of vigilantism.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Age: 46, 6’2, Thor: the Dark World, Lost): AAA would be awesome as Batwing. He deserves the part after campaigning for Black Panther for so long and fits the role well in my opinion.
Lincoln's parents died in a car accident in his youth. He doesn't remember the faces of his parents - only the pin his mother was wearing the day of the accident, which killed them both. Lincoln made this pin for his mother at school in ceramics. It was a little heart - one side was bigger than the other side was. After their death, Lincoln was a hopeless child. After school, he went to college and "Gotham City saved him". It is later revealed that Lincoln's story is somewhat of a lie. In reality, Lincoln was a member of the Court of Owls, and former resident of Willowwood Home for Children, as he was born "hurt" due to a car accident caused by the Court of Owls, and was placed there by his parents, who he claims to be Thomas and Martha Wayne, thus making him Bruce's younger brother. He got the alias "Lincoln March" based on the street corner of Lincoln and March, where Martha Wayne was involved in a car accident while pregnant with him.
Jake Gyllenhaal (Age: 32, 6’0, Source Code, Prisoners): Jake Gyllenhaal is a great actor who I think could do well as Lincoln March. A hell bent character that claims to be the second son of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Gyllenhaal is a great actor and would be the better of the two Gyllenhaal to appear in a Batman film.
Harvey Bullock was once a corrupt GCPD cop, until he turned over a new leaf and made a conscious effort to be an honest lawman. He is now one of Jim Gordon's most trusted officers.
Michael Chiklis (Age: 50, 5’7, No Ordinary Family, Parker): Chiklis would be amazing in this part. He’s a good actor that fits this role so well!
A Civil War veteran turned bounty hunter, Jonah Hex's disfigured face and boorish personality don't win him many friends, but his code of honor and expert marksmanship skills means he's always willing to fight for and protect the innocent and dispense lethal justice.
Hugh Jackman (Age: 45, 6’2, Every X-Men film, Prisoners): Jackman would be the most BA Jonah Hex ever. He just screams Jonah Hex to me. He’s like a young Clint Eastwood to me and Clint Eastwood is the perfect choice for Hex to me.
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