There were many changes to DC Comics‘ lore when the publisher relaunched all its books in 2011 with the New 52, and not many of them were greeted with cheers from the comic book fandom. However, one of the much-loved new additions was “The Court of Owls,” the storyline that kicked off the re-launched Batman title and introduced the titular villains to the Dark Knight’s vast menagerie of weird and spooky bad guys. Naturally, if it’s popular with Batman fans, then it’s a no-brainer for the producers of Gotham. There have been rumours that the Court of Owls is coming to the Fox drama, and now showrunner Bruno Heller has confirmed that yes, the Owls are coming. But when?
While talking to ComicBook.com, Heller has asked to comment on the fan theory that new villains Theo (James Frain) and Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas) are tied in someway to the Court of Owls given the fact they mentioned their family’ long history in Gotham City.
“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,” Heller said. “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.”
In case you don’t know, the Court of Owls is a long held urban myth in Gotham City that turned out to be real, a secret society of Gotham’s elite that dates back to Gotham’s founding and has used political and financial influence to shape the city as they see fit. And when power and money doesn’t work, the Court has the Talons, assassins trained from childhood to be wholly dedicated to the group and its goals. Batman, as a child, believed that the Court had something to do with the death of his parents, only to find out that they were indeed real as an adult when his alterego Bruce Wayne tried to institute societal change in Gotham.
Such a story arc sounds like it would be right up Gotham’s alley: secret power, strange villains, allusions to the crumbling of society, and the fact that there’s a young Bruce Wayne on the show that’s deeply interested in why his parents were killed. Not so fast though, said Heller, the show might have to hold a few name villains back for future seasons.
“We are absolutely going to explore that world down the line,” he added. “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 […] The long arc of the show is Bruce Wayne’s journey of discovery down into the depths of the physical and meta-physical world of Gotham. The Court of Owls is a brilliant conceit that will absolutely be part of our storytelling. I just won’t tell you when.”
Gotham airs Mondays at 8 pm on Fox.