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How Gotham Knights Hints at The Justice League

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Gotham Knights' first trailer reveals one of Robin's abilities, which could pave the way toward a future game featuring the Justice League.

p>DC Comics’ latest video game, Gotham Knights, is set to release soon, giving fans the experience of playing as four members of the Bat-Family following the death of Batman. The game already has a lot of buzz and could steer future DC games to a more team-based approach, which could expand the universe to some of the most popular DC heroes and villains. The first trailer of Gotham Knights gave fans a look at the four different characters - Nightwing, Red Hood, Batgirl, and Robin, - and how they will team up to take out a new threat in Gotham City. However, there is also a small detail within the trailer that could hint at future games focused on teams like the Justice League, Teen Titans, or even Young Justice.

In the trailer, fans are shown abilities that the four DC heroes will have, with Robin’s reveal showcasing his teleportation capabilities. When Robin teleports between two rooftops in the game, the screen shows a small line of text in the upper right-hand corner that reads “Watchtower Uplink,” and shows viewers an image of the Justice League's headquarters: the Watchtower satellite. This appearing in the trailer may confirm that the Justice League is functioning within Gotham Knights' Universe, and could potentially lead to a future game focused on one of the other popular teams in the DC Universe.

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The Justice League

The reveal of the Watchtower in the trailer directly points toward a future Justice League game, since this satellite has famously been used as the Justice League Headquarters. Further, with the death of Batman being a focal point of the game, it could lead to a look at how the Justice League is dealing with this loss. Another theory for connecting the two teams could be made by assuming that Nightwing takes over as the new Batman, something that has been done in the comics before.

DC fans have long wanted a Justice League video game, as it not only would introduce some of the greatest superheroes in comics, but also potentially bring in villains like Darkseid and Brainiac who have only been playable in fighting games like the Injustice series. Having them in an RPG-styled title similar to how the Arkham series was developed, would give fans a chance to truly experience their powers in an open-world setting.

Teen Titans

While the Justice League seems to be the obvious choice for a future DC title, there is more of a case to be made for the Teen Titans or Young Justice. The four members of the Bat-Family, particularly Robin and Nightwing, have a close relationship with these groups, as both have been members of at least one of them in the comics. Teen Titans would be more likely given it is a more popular series that has a much larger publication history and shares key villains with the Gotham Knights, including Deathstroke - who featured in the Arkham video games.

With Tim Drake's Robin and Dick Grayson's Nightwing featuring in Gotham Knights, the Teen Titans is a solid contender for a sequel. The pair could decide to leave Gotham in the hands of the Red Hood, Batgirl, and other allies like Catwoman before rejoining - or even creating - the Teen Titans. This would be a great avenue for DC to explore as it would continue to feature lesser-known characters and sidekicks from the comics such as Raven, Beast Boy, and Cyborg.

Young Justice

While Young Justice is the least likely of the three, there is still a major connection between the watchtower and this team of sidekicks. Young Justice was formed to help the Justice League, and as a result they have access to the same teleportation capabilities. Also, Tim Drake was the only Bat-Family member who was a vital member of Young Justice, while Dick Grayson was never really involved. This would explain why Nightwing is not shown with any teleporting capabilities in the Gotham Knights trailer.

Young Justice could be a stepping stone toward getting a future Justice League game. Since many of the members in Young Justice share powers with members of the Justice League, DC could use this game as a testing ground for the powers that would have to be included, which would also mean figuring out how players would be able to control Superman, Green Lantern, and The Flash, who are tricky to get right in an open-world environment.

As Gotham Knights inches closer to release, fans will eagerly await the chance to take on the formidable Court of Owls. The game has potential to turn into a series featuring some of DC’s greatest teams, and could tie it all into a Justice League title. While nothing more about this possible connection has been revealed, following Robin’s story within Gotham Knights could uncover more hints at the future of the series.

Gotham Knights releases on October 25, 2022, for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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