Since premiering on Fox, the DC Comics series Gotham has taken viewers through the twisting political machinations and criminal underbelly that makes the comic book city tick, all while following Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). In season 2, Jim investigated Arkham Asylum and the goings on of Dr. Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong), whose work seemed to be focused on one thing: reanimation. But, toward the end of the season it was revealed that a secret organization was backing the doctor’s experiments – experiments that led to the resurrections of Theo Galavan (James Frain) and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) as well as the transformation of Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow) into Mr. Freeze.
We know that secret council to be the Court of Owls, based on the group of the same name from the comic books. With Strange’s experiments running free in Gotham, the Court of Owls will move to the forefront in the Fox series’ third season. Now, a new poster for Gotham ahead of the show’s Comic-Con International in San Diego appearance teases this secret council.
Zap2it unveiled the Gotham poster featuring an owl-themed masquerade mask and promising, “All will be judged.” Take a look at the poster:
In addition to the impending arrival of the Court of Owls, Gotham season 3 has also added new characters including Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time)’s journalist Valerie Vale, and James Carpinello (The Punisher)’s Mario Falcone, the son of former Gotham City mob boss Carmine Falcone (John Doman). Additionally, Fox’s DC Comics series has re-cast the role of Ivy Pepper, adding Maggie Geha (All My Children) as an older Poison Ivy.
These new additions, however, seem to be largely unrelated to the Court of Owls – with, perhaps, the exception of Ivy, who is altered from the former version of the character played by Clare Foley by one of Strange’s test subjects. As a result, we still know very little about Gotham’s take on the Court of Owls aside from what can be gleaned from the final episodes of season 2, and previous comments from executive producer John Stephens.
That said, though, this Court of Owls-themed SDCC poster seems to indicate the Gotham panel will offer fans more insight into the mysterious council and how they will factor into season 3 – perhaps there will be casting news and specific character information. But, at this point it remains to be seen how Gotham will adapt the Court of Owls and put their own spin on the DC Comics organization.
Gotham season 3 premieres Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8pm on FOX.