Batman: The World introduces a European version of the Court of Owls, suggesting that the influence of the evil cabal is even greater than Batman thought.
Warning! Spoiler to “The Cradle” by Batman: The world vouch!
The legend of nefarious Batman Enemies the Court of the Owls has gotten even darker, with a recent revelation that there could be similar villainous organizations in cities around the world. The international anthology Batman: The world contains 14 stories of the Dark Knight, each set in a different country and written by writers and artists from that country. In a story set in Turkey, Batman learns of the existence of the mysterious court of eagles that operate from the shadows.
The dish of the owls was introduced in 2011 Batman # 2 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. After following clues in the architecture of Gotham City, Batman discovers that a group referred to in an old nursery rhyme, Beware the Court of Owls, is actually a real one. This secret cabal of the richest and most powerful Gothams has been secretly influencing the city for centuries through murder, politics and other evil means. Bruce Wayne is shocked to learn this, having no idea that such a powerful group could operate in his city without his knowledge. The Court of Owls recently raised their heads again and hired Jim Gordon to hunt down and kill the Joker.
the Batman: The world In the story “The Cradle” by Ertan Ergil, Etham Onur Bilgic and Aykut Tanay, Batman travels through Turkey to find out who is behind a delivery of weapons that he intercepted on the way to Gotham. In his investigation, he follows a trail of clues consisting of clues to eagles hidden in architecture across the country. After taking some bait his enemies left for him, he discovers that the Court of Eagles was behind the gun shipment and that it has headquarters and shipping routes across Europe and Asia. Infer that “the owls and eagles have ruled Europe and Asia together for many years“The story ends with Batman pondering a disturbing unanswered question:”Are there any other dishes in the world?“
Throughout its history, the Court of the Owls has employed mindless zombie assassins known as Talons. These ferocious killers, who were even responsible for the murder of Bruce Wayne’s great-great-grandfather, are some of the toughest enemies he has encountered recently. In “The Cradle” Batman meets twin assassins Dawn and Dusk. They fight quickly before they escape. Although he catches them at the end of the story and leaves them to the police, these two assassins are significantly more intelligent than the Talons, can speak, and can participate in a plan to throw Batman off the trail of the court. This supports the idea that the Court of the Eagles is older and more powerful than the Court of the Owls, as they have had time to perfect the formula for Talon assassins.
Although it’s unclear whether the stories are in Batman: The world are canonical, the idea of a version of the Owl Court operating in Europe and Asia certainly opens up some interesting possibilities. The Owl Court was believed to be one of the oldest evils in Gotham, but it’s possible that it was simply a New World version of an even older conspiracy. The court of eagles or similar groups could have existed in Europe and Asia for hundreds or even thousands of years. How many organizations like that Court of the Owls are out there and how far their influence could go is a question that could hold Batman looks over his shoulder for years.
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