It’s time for some DCEU speculation. This time we’ll be talking about one of Batman’s newest and most dangerous adversaries, The Court of Owls. Who is The Court you ask? Well allow me to give you some backstory.
NOTE: I will be covering a few spoilers from the first couple of issues of Batman New 52.
The Court of Owls were created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo and were introduced in issue #5 of the New 52 Batman run. The organization is believed to be a myth by many, but has existed in Gotham City since Colonial times. It’s made up of the most wealthiest and powerful families who use their resources to control the city. Their deadly a are children who have been kidnapped at an early age, who are then raised up trained into dangerous enemies called Talons.
Bruce Wayne’s great-grandfather Alan Wayne developed paranoia and a fear of birds after hearing a nursery rhyme about a “Court of Owls” that has been watching over Gotham. The nursery rhyme goes like this:
Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time,Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime.They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed.Speak not a whispered word about them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head.
Alan Wayne seemingly died in 1922 when he fell into an open manhole and drowned. His death was deemed an accident, until Bruce discovered his body many years later while investigating the Court. Upon further tests, it was revealed that his great-grandfather did not die from the fall or drowning, but by tiny multiple stab wounds that matched the type of throwing knives that the Talons use.
Now here is where it gets REALLY interesting. This picture was released by Empire Magazine today which supposedly shows Bruce paying respects to either his parents grave or Jason Todd’s, but what we’re looking at today is the tombstone located right above his elbow.
It’s difficult to see the full name, but one could conclude that this grave belongs to none other that Alan Wayne, Bruce’s great-grandfather who died at the hands of the Court. To add even more fuel to this indeed being him, take a look at this image from issue #3 of the New 52 Batman comic.
As you can see, the year in this comic panel matches the same one on Alan’s grave. So what does this mean? Could it mean that the Court of Owls exists in the DCEU? It could just be a nod to the Court, but with them being such a large force in Gotham, and with people aching to see them on the big screen, I tend to believe we’ll see them soon. Even though they’ve only been around since 2011, the Court has become one of the Dark Knights most famous and dangerous foes. It seems that DC Films is taking inspiration from the New 52 with their DC movie universe when it comes to the Justice League line up, so I’m inclined to believe that we will see the a Court pop up in a future Batman standalone installment. Awesome!
There are so many villains that fans want to see in the upcoming Ben Affleck Batman solo trilogy: Hush, Red Hood, Court of Owls, etc. My question to you all is which one would you like to see first? Comment below or on our Instagram @DCUNews!