WB Montreal’s next Batman game will feature DC Comics villains the Court of the Owls, created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Here’s everything you need to know about the secret rulers of Gotham City, who showed up in the Batman comic books not too long ago.

WB Montreal’s next Batman game will feature DC Comics villains the Court of the Owls, created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Here’s everything you need to know about the secret rulers of Gotham City, who showed up in the Batman comic books not too long ago.

After over a year of teases WB Montreal appears to be getting ready to finally announce what looks to be a new Batman game that will pit the Caped Crusader against some of his most powerful and recently invented foes: The Court of Owls. We wont get details until the publishers panel at DC FanDome on Saturday, but for now we can at least tell you what or who the Court of Owls is.
The Court was created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo for their legendary run on Batman, which kicked off in the fall of 2011, making them about two years younger than the the Batman: Arkham series itself. But the Court of Owls isnt just a group of villains. Its also a major addition to the world-building tools that make up Gotham City.
With the Court in play, Batman creators always have something easy to blame for how bad it is in Gotham Why, its the shadowy plutocracy with Eyes Wide Shut vibes thats been shaping the city since its inception!
What is the Court of Owls?
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo/DC Comics
At their simplest, the members of the Court of Owls are a cultish conspiracy of the richest families in Gotham City. They gather in darkness, wearing creepy white owl masks, and shape the future of the city for their own selfish benefit. They have essentially unlimited resources within Gotham, and are known to have secret safe rooms, lairs, and passageways in many of the citys buildings, hidden there by architects and construction workers who were later silenced or executed.
If theres something bad in Gotham, its probably because the Court put it there. If theres a systemic problem, dig deep enough, and it probably persists because it benefits the Court. (The Court disliked Thomas and Martha Wayne, naturally, because they werent down with the whole secret evil society thing. But while Bruce long suspected that the Court killed his parents, he never found any real evidence.)
The Court first showed up in the first two arcs of Snyder and Capullos Batman, storylines that culminated in the Night of the Owls crossover. When the Court realized that Batman was finally a true threat to their eternal rule over Gotham, they revived an army of Talons to execute the 40 most powerful and influential good people in Gotham.
The Talons are the enforcers of the Court of Owls
The Court trains Talons to be expert killers during their lives, and reanimates them after their death using a sort of mad-science serum. Revived Talons are unable to feel pain, and can continue fighting even after, say, a knife to the brain. Most of them are, if not loyal, brainwashed or simply brain-dead.
The only reliable way to defeat them is to, no joking, make them cold. When exposed to extreme cold, a Talon will enter a seemingly indefinite hibernation, which the Court uses to preserve them for future use. Many Talons are decades or centuries old, some born as far back as the 1600s.
Any notable Talons?
Most of the Talons arent known for much other than being a Talon, with two notable exceptions both of which would be excellent grist for a Court of Owls-focused game.
First, theres Dick Grayson, the first Robin. Snyder and Capullo revealed that the Court had plans to kidnap him as a child and train him as a Talon, plans that were interrupted by Bruce adopting him. The Owls prophesied that the Grey Son would become the greatest and deadliest Talon in the Courts history, and the organization expended every effort to force him to work for them after the Bat-family discovered their existence.
Until Grayson, the title of greatest Talon likely belongs to a man known as Lincoln March. The real hook on March is that he believes he is Bruces younger brother, Thomas and Martha Waynes secret second child. In 2012s Batman #11, Snyder and Capullo showed how this could potentially be true, revealing that Martha Wayne had been expecting another child when Bruce was still very young, but that she lost the baby after a car crash one likely orchestrated by the Court.
Though all the facts line up, its never been proved that March and that lost baby are one and the same his connection to the Waynes could simply be a lie the Owls told him to get him motivated for vengence and that might make it exactly the kind of story WB Montreal would want to explore.

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