Gotham Knights, the newest game from WB Montreal was unveiled at DC FanDome over the past weekend. Probably the most exciting part of the trailer was the revelation that the Court of Owls will be one of the factions that the Gotham Knights will go up against during the course of the game. But who or what are the Court of Owls exactly? And why are they a big deal? Today we’ll answer all those questions and more as well as what the addition of the Court of Owls means for Gotham Knights. It’s gonna be a hoot!
Introduced at the start of the incredible Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo Batman New 52 run in 2011, The Court of Owls are a secretive society that have ruled over Gotham from the shadows for hundreds of years. They are composed of some of Gotham’s wealthiest and most elite aristocrats who maneuver and manipulate the state of Gotham’s economy and politics to make sure they remain rich and powerful and the poor and downtrodden stay that way. Much of Gotham believed that the Court was merely an urban legend from an old nursery rhyme that was meant to scare children.
Perhaps the biggest testament to the Court of Owls prowess at subterfuge and secrecy is how they even convinced Batman, the world’s greatest detective, into thinking that they don’t exist. As a younger man, Bruce Wayne obsessively sought out the Court, believing that they were the reason for his parents’ demise. Driven by a burning need for vengeance he sought retribution and tried to track down the Owls in what he considered his very first case. His investigation led him to an abandoned house where he was sure the Court was operating from but the was grief-struck to find nothing. His tunnel vision also led to him injuring himself inside the house where he was trapped for a week before Alfred and the authorities found him in a comatose state. This taught Bruce never to let his emotions interfere with a case and convinced him they were indeed a myth. However, the Court has operated all this time for hundreds of years, even under Batman’s nose without him ever noticing, until it was much, much too late.
When the Court of Owls needs something done, whether through assassination or sabotage or anything in between, they unleash their most powerful weapon, the Talon. The Talon is a deadly and relentless undead assassin, that possess almost superhuman reflexes, speed, and agility. Created from preserved reanimated corpses of history’s greatest acrobats and combatants, the Talon can not be subdued through regular means. They cannot feel pain nor fear which makes them the perfect, efficient, instrument to carry out the Court’s machinations.
During the Court of Owls storyline, it was revealed that there are multiple Talons throughout history, buried underneath Gotham and ready to be activated as they saw fit. The climax of the story saw the Court unleash an impossible number of Talons on Gotham City in the Night of Owls
Dick Grayson aka Nightwing also has firm ties with the Owls as it was revealed that Haly’s Circus–where Dick and his parents performed– was actually an Owls secret training ground for potential Talon candidates. In fact, Dick himself would have become a Talon had Bruce Wayne not adopted him all those years ago.
In the Gotham Knights trailer, we got to see a few of the exciting elements synonymous with the Court of Owls. First, we saw a Talon staring right at us.
Next, we saw the Court of Owls insignia.
Then we saw various sharply dressed men wearing the Court’s signature white Owl mask.
And finally, in this shot, we see all the Talons buried in a crypt underneath Gotham City.
As a huge fan of the Snyder/Capullo Batman, I’m absolutely excited to see the Court’s first appearance as the main antagonist in a videogame. My hope is that the Talons will be a special enemy type that stalk you throughout the game and will be harder than most enemy encounters ala the Phylakes in Assassin’s Creed: Origins. It will also be very interesting to see if the Court of Owls’ involvement in the game will center around Dick Grayson/ Nightwing as their stories are so heavily intertwined. All in all, it’s a very exciting time to be a Court of Owls fan, we hope we’ve turned you into one through this!
Now that you’re up to speed, what do you think of the Court of Owls? And are you excited to see them in Gotham Knights? Let us know in the comments below!
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