Warning, some spoilers for Gotham: Season 2 ahead!
Beware The Court of Owls
In the first episode of the season “Better to Reign in Hell” we got our first look at a Talon in Gotham. Talons are assassins that carry out the dirty work for the mysterious faction The Court of Owls. It was revealed at the end of season 2 that The Court had secretly been running Indian Hill with Hugo Strange as their puppet. With a Talon on the loose and after Bruce’s head, it will be interesting to see what The Court has planned for an encore this season.
The Talon can be seen at the :20 mark
The Court of Owls first began antagonizing Batman in Scott Snyder’s Batman Vol. 1 Issue #1. This first issue keeps The Court veiled while thrusting Batman into a seemingly routine murder investigation. Once believed to be nothing more than the subject of an old nursery rhyme, this secret society proves to be one of the worst threats Gotham has ever seen. The Court of Owls have become one of the most well received “new additions” to Batman’s rogues gallery.
During the offseason FOX and Warner Bros. announced the casting of Benedict Samuel (The Walking Dead) as Jervis Tetch a.k.a. The Mad Hatter (Petski). The Mad Hatter has risen in popularity in recent years, partially due to his inclusion in Rocksteady’s Arkham video game series. He is also featured in Batman: The Dark Knight Vol. 2 Issues #16-18. These issues are a more recent iteration of the character. The title Mad City seems to imply that The Mad Hatter will feature prominently throughout this third season.
Indian Hill Aftermath
At the end of season 2 we saw a busload of Indian Hill patients let loose on the streets of Gotham. Though we only saw silhouettes of these individuals, it leaves us wondering what other characters might appear in the future. One of the figures appeared to be a short, frumpy person. With the inclusion of The Mad Hatter, could this be one of his henchmen Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum? It is unlikely that any of these figures were meant to be actual characters, but rather hints at what could be.
We have already seen Fish Mooney assemble a small group of these monsters on her quest to regain power. Whether any of these figures are actually from the comics, or if they are just there to pay homage remains to be seen. There was definitely a reference to characters like Man-Bat and perhaps Killer Croc here.
Check back with us after each episode as we will examine these details and find their comic book connections!
Petski, Denise. ‘Gotham’ Casts Benedict Samuel As Mad Hatter For Season 3 Of Batman Origin Series. 18 July 2016. 2016. <http://deadline.com/2016/07/gotham-cast-benedict-samuel-mad-hatter-season-3-batman-origin-series-1201787818/>.
Snyder, Scott. Batman: The Court of Owls. New York: DC Comics, 2012. Comic Book.