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Batman has had a wide variety of villains, but the most recent one presents one of the most significant threats to Gotham City. Revealed in 2011, the New 52 relaunch, the Court of Owls, is a ruthless group, whose origin was explained in this issue. They are so secret that many don’t know who or what they are. Under the leadership of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Batman put on the cowl; the faction was a powerful match against the Dark Knight.
Let’s know this dangerous and formidable enemy, as the WB Montreal’s Batman video game will finally be revealed at DC Fan Dome this weekend, and add them in the Batman’s list of the enemy.
Court of Owls- what are they?
They have been a legend in the city. A nursery rhyme begins with – “Beware the Court of Owls that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime.” Batman learned the Court along with its assassins, is very real when he was in the centre of an assassination plot.
The Court constitutes the city’s affluent and well-associated family. They have used their authority to control the politics and the city for their benefits, often using Talons, a group of highly trained assassins to accomplish their heinous goals.
Bruce’s family was one of their longest rivals. Bruce’s great-great-grandfather, Alan Wayne, one of the founding father of the city, was haunted by them and tortured to death in 922. Bruce listened to the legend and had been suspicious of the murder of his parents, and believed that it was not a mere coincident.
He told Dick Grayson, “In many ways, it was my first case as a detective.” Occasionally, he looked for society as an adult to hone his skills. Until he became a target, society evaded him.
Bruce analyzed the organizations’ location after his assassination attempt. They were first built in the 1800s. The group then declared war on Gotham, after Batman annoyed them. The events of Night of Owls, the term given by the organization echoed across many titles of the DC universe.
The Court targeted many Gotham leaders and assassinated them. The whole bat family came together to stop them. They eventually succeeded, but many members committed suicide before they could be judged. The remaining organization disappeared in the shadows.
It dates back centuries, having influence long before Gotham was a city, since colonial times, it kept a firm grip on their power and cruelly destroyed anyone who threatened it. “We are the shadow architecture of this great city,” described one member. “We hold up the walls, the bureaucracies, the petty institutions. They give us their power.” See Gallery
Lincoln March was revealed to be a member of the organization. He first met Wayne as a mayor’s candidate. The following battles were very personal as he was the protector of the city, but when March he revealed he maybe Bruce’s long-lost brother, it was more personal. March destroyed most of the organization himself for revenge after they targeted him alongside Bruce. Although he would later return to vex the Dark although his relation with Bruce was left ambiguous.
The first Talon fought without fear was William Cobb, and nearly killing him man times. After his apparent death, Bruce determined that he was Dick Grayson’s great-grandfather. This led to Dick’s life being entangled with the organization and was forced to join the group to destroy them from the inside out.
Powers and Abilities
The talons were not only strong but had meta-human abilities that helped them return from near-death and fatal wounds. They could also take on Batman. The Court made the judgment to bring them back when they needed them to take back the power in the city.
They were also skilled combatants. Stealthy and lethal, they employed claw-like blades as their trademark. It pierced their target’s specific part to make death more painful.
The organization in TV and Video Games
Their most notable appearance in the TV show was in the three seasons when they worked in the shadows. They were responsible for the death of Bruce’s parents and other citizens. They were destroyed when one of them turned traitor.
In 2018’s Lego DC Super-Villains, there was a brief appearance.
The 2015 animated film Batman vs Robin, also described them as the group responsible for the death of Batman’s parents. It’s loosely based on comics, and forcing Damien and Bruce to fight each other due to their different ideologies and philosophies. They defeat the organization. However, Damien finds himself questioning how he is a part of his father’s life and who he is.
The Next Batman Game teaser- the Court of owls
Using the nursery rhyme as the teaser, “”Beware the Court of Owls,” and the tagline “Capture the Knight”, Scott Sydney has left people guessing that the organization will play a role in the next game. They are speculation whether it’s the organization itself or their assassins; Batman will have a lot of battle with in the next game.