Gotham City will soon be overrun with owls. At DC FanDome, the virtual convention that rolled out reveals for movies like The Flash, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, and Black Adam, a new group of Batman villains were featured in a big way. The Court of Owls, a secret cabal of Gotham City elite, will be a huge focus in the new video game Batman: Gotham Knights and may be the secret villains in the 2021 movie The Batman.
Why Court of Owls may be the villains of The Batman
There are three things, both in the trailer and in Matt Reeves’ panel at DC FanDome, that hint the Court of Owls are the villains of The Batman.
First, Matt Reeves spoke about Robert Pattinson’s Batman unearthing “corruption” deeply rooted in Gotham City.
“You see [Batman’s] not having any of the effect that he that wants to have yet,” explained Reeves at DC FanDome. “And that is when the murders start to happen. The murders begin to describe the sort of history of Gotham in a way that only reinforces what he knows about Gotham but it opens up a whole new world of corruption that went much farther. But as that story starts to come out, without being an origin tale for him, touches on his origins.”
New world of corruption? History of Gotham? Touching on his origins? All signs point to the Court of Owls being positioned as baddies in The Batman. But that’s not all.