It's a great time to be a Gotham fan!
The exciting prequel to Batman's adult life kicked off its second season last night, and needless to say, the premiere was incredible!
But don't worry, those of you who haven't seen it, you'll get no spoilers from me! But you might get some spoilers for the future of Gotham—specifically how terrifying it's going to be!
Gotham is littered with supervillains, and Season 2 is their time to shine. Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman and...possibly The Joker are taking over Gotham, and it's up to Jim Gordon to stop them! But with all of these villains running around, I bet Jim's real glad that he doesn't have to deal with any sinister secret societies! That would be way too much to put on his plate...
Well Jimmy, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but...
The Court of Owls Is Coming to Gotham
Yes, the legendary Court of Owls is coming to Gotham City, and I doubt that they're here for a relaxing vacation. For those who don't know, the CoO is a highly dangerous cult, located comfortably in the shadows of Gotham.
They use deception, wealth and murder to wield political influence and control Gotham City from the background. Gotham showrunner Brian Heller sat down with ComicBook.com to talk about the future of the show - and if [LITTLE SPOILER HERE] the Galavan siblings and their long stay in Gotham City meant that the Court of Owls was coming:
“Yeah, absolutely, [I'm interested]. I won’t say that it’s part of – I don’t even want to say that, because I don’t want to spoil part of the story. The Court of Owls is deep, deep, deep Gotham mythology. The comic book fans know about it, but I would suspect the larger audience is not so familiar. We sometimes have to make a distinction between the ‘Nolan-era Batman movie fans’ and the comic book fans. It’s not that they’re two separate audiences, just that there are two levels of engagement. Court of Owls is very much deep DC mythology."
“We are absolutely going to explore that world down the line. Looking at the longevity of the show, we have to hold some cards back, we can’t just throw all of the elements, all of the story at once."
So there you have it, the Court of Owls is certainly coming to Gotham! But when they do finally make their appearance, what does it mean for Jim Gordon and the citizens of Gotham City? Here are five reasons why the CoO is going to permanently shake up Batman's city!
1. They Are Gotham's LARGEST Crime Syndicate
Like I said, the Court of Owls lives in the dark shadows of Gotham City, HUGE shadows to be exact. The shadows have to be large in order to properly hide every member of this expansive cult.
The Court of Owls is Gotham City's largest organized crime syndicate, with an estimated member count of "way too many." There are more CoO members in Gotham City than there are rats in the New York City subways!
Because of this, you can imagine how difficult it's going to be for Jim Gordon to traverse the streets of Gotham. With an owl mask-wearing psychopath lurking around every corner, Gordon's going to have to be extra careful.
2. They Could Be Anybody!
The Court of Owls is a secret society, which is odd considering that they don't really try that hard to keep their name a secret. But while the organization itself may be the talk of the town, the identities of the members remain a mystery.
Gotham viewers had better keep an eye out for any suspicious activity from...absolutely everybody. Really, everyone on the show is a suspect, EVERYONE! Okay, so maybe a few familiar faces are safe, like Jim, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth. But with the way Gotham has been going, I'm pretty sure that they are the only ones who definitely aren't members of the CoO.
See, Gotham has been making use of its creative freedom, being separate from other DC TV shows such as Arrow and The Flash makes it a lot easier for writers to play around with the Batman mythos a bit. Again, I won't go into spoilers, because the new season has just started and there are still a few people checking out the first one. But needless to say, you don't have to be a comic reader to enjoy this show.
The show has already strayed off the usual beaten path with a few creative choices here and there, but luckily, the mythos of Batman is so large and is always being changed a little here and there, so Gotham certainly isn't doing something taboo-worthy here. That being said, this means that any face, familiar or not could in fact be a CoO member! Let the hundreds of fan theories spread across the Internet!
But if a large amount of Court of Owls members lurking in the shadows doesn't frighten you, perhaps their army will.
3. They Have Access to an Army of Nearly Immortal Assassins!
That's right. The Court of Owls, which is already large enough to be an army itself, has access to their own army! And not just any army, an army of nearly immortal assassins armed with daggers, knives and any other sharp object you can find in the world!
The Talons are highly trained assassins that have been around for centuries, carrying out the dirty work for the Court of Owls. They're fast, deadly, and most importantly, incredibly loyal to the Court of Owls. Anything the CoO wants them to do, they'll do!
But while the fact that they're dangerous hitmen is scary, it gets even worse when you find out that these guys essentially can't die! All Talons are equipped with something called the Electrum tooth, and as long as they have this, they can be healed and resurrected from death as many times as the Court wants!
So yeah, shooting these guys isn't going to work. Which is bad, seeing as how Jim Gordon's number one weapon is a gun. That and his natural charm.
4. They Almost Killed Batman!
On a long list of characters who are unrealistically resilient, Batman's at the very top! The Caped Crusader can handle anything you throw at him! Giant Mexican luchador? No problem! Psychotic clown? Easy! TWO Psychotic clowns? Bring it on!
When you're the sole protector of a city riddled with crime, you've got to have nerves of steel! Okay, so he's got a few sidekicks and partners here and there, but most of the time it's Batman vs. the scum of the Gotham City streets—one man versus hundreds of monsters!
But when it comes to facing off against a large organization of owl masked psychopaths and their unstoppable army of assassins, Batman's going to need a little time to prepare. The Court of Owls' first appearance in DC's New 52 was a memorable one, as in only a couple of issues, they made the Dark Knight look like a frightened child!
Imagine seeing your childhood hero, completely terrified and bleeding with bloodshot, tired eyes and a scared expression permanently stuck on his face! The Court of Owls storyline was a low blow for Batman, who had finally met his match.
There's no Batman yet in Gotham, as young Bruce Wayne is still...young. So in a world where there exists an army of owl masked murderers with their own army of owl masked murderers - capable of almost taking out the Batman - but no Batman is a bad, BAD thing!
Jim Gordon is definitely going to have his work cut out for him. Especially since...
5. They're Definitely After Bruce Wayne!
Batman may not have arrived in Gotham, but Bruce Wayne is there, and the Court of Owls know it! The CoO has a long history with the Waynes. As a seedy criminal organization with their hands in politics, the Court of Owls tend to target political officials and rich people who try to change their city in a way that they don't like—and who tries that more than Bruce's affluent family?
The Talons have encountered almost every generation of Wayne, and Talons hardly ever leave survivors, which explains why Bruce's family is so...minimal. In the comics, Bruce was targeted by the Court of Owls after he announced plans to rebuild Gotham City—the CoO was having none of that!
Bruce may be a young lad in Gotham, but as the child heir to a billion dollar corporation, he's bound to announce some plans that some owl cosplayers may not like. Bruce had better speed up his training if he's going to stand a chance against this enemy!
Bruno Heller didn't reveal when the Court of Owls would make their appearance in Gotham, and it sounds like they're going to wait a bit. My bet's on Season 3 or 4.
Either way, Bruce, Jim and the entirety of Gotham City is in deep trouble when these feathered fiends show up! And who knows, maybe they're already there. Like I said, they could be ANYONE. My money's on that Jerome kid...