The Court of Owls will have a prominent role in Gotham Knights, in development at WB Games Montreal (formerly responsible for Batman: Arkham Origins).
During DC Fandome 2021, two games got the spotlight, the other being Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, which we will get back to later today. Here’s what Warner sent out regarding the two videos: “Debuted at DC FanDome, the video features the game’s main antagonist, the fabled Court of Owls, a secret society made up of Gotham City’s wealthiest families. The trailer also introduces Oswald Cobblepot (also known as The Penguin), the infamous DC Super-Villain who seemingly knows essential details about this omnipresent, silent predator and its threat to Gotham and its new guard of DC Super Heroes—Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin.
As part of DC FanDome, fans were also treated to a behind-the-scenes featurette for Gotham Knights, with commentary from Jim Lee (Comic Book Artist, Publisher & Chief Creative Officer at DC), Scott Snyder (Writer & Co-Creator of “The Court of Owls”), Greg Capullo (Comic Book Artist & Co-Creator of “The Court of Owls”), Patrick Redding (Gotham Knights Creative Director, Warner Bros. Games Montréal) and Ann Lemay (Gotham Knights Narrative Director, Warner Bros. Games Montréal), who all expand on the Courts of Owls origins, lore and inspiration in bringing this elusive enemy to the interactive world of Gotham Knights,” Warner wrote.
So we have the Penguin talking about a conspiracy theory. We have our four protagonists (who have to step up to protect the city post-Batman) all getting caught, and we have the wealthy elite (introduced in the comics ten years ago) with the Venetian owl-looking masks. Oh, did we say they are rich? No wonder they have the money to hire well-armed assassins, who are called Talons in the comics. We will likely have them as the primary enemies in the game.
Gotham Knights will launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (knowing the publisher, 100% to have Denuvo; it will be on Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2022. It’s one of many games that were delayed to next year due to the ongoing pandemic.