Fox's Gotham likes to take Batman mythology and mix it up, using characters familiar to the DC universe in new and interesting ways.
Next week sees the arrival of another familiar comic book character on the television series, Silver St. Cloud.
In DC Comics, Silver St. Cloud was a love interest for Bruce Wayne in the 1970s, created by Steve Englehart and Mike Gold. She was a socialite from a wealthy family in Gotham, who eventually becomes a party host for the rich and famous of the city.
In the comics, Silver eventually discovers Wayne's secret: that he is Batman.
In a new preview of next week's episode of Gotham, Silver makes her first appearance on the television series, but as the orphaned niece of Theo Galavan.
Galavan "saved" Bruce Wayne from certain death last week by killing the dastardly Jerome, who threatened a room full of people at a charitable function Wayne attended. Of course, the entire affair was actually set up by Galavan to make him appear a hero, but it's evident that he has evil plans of his own for Gotham, especially since he is also the person responsible for the escape of the Arkham Asylum inmates, who now work for him.
What is Galavan up to? The first few episodes of Gotham contain teasers and bits of dialog that hint that he could have plans to bring what will become the Court of Owls to Gotham City, a group of wealthy people who secretly control the city. In the comics, the Court of Owls has always existed in Gotham City, and Gotham's creator recently confirmed the appearance of the secret group on the Fox television show this season.
"We are absolutely going to explore that world down the line," said Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller to ComicBook.com. "Looking at the longevity of the show, we have to hold some cards back, we can't just throw all of the elements, all of the story at once. The long arc of the show is Bruce Wayne's journey of discovery down into the depths of the physical and meta-physical world of Gotham. The Court of Owls is a brilliant conceit that will absolutely be part of our storytelling. I just won't tell you when."
With Galavan attempting to get close to Bruce Wayne and perhaps even using his niece, Silver, to do so, it makes sense that he's at the head of this organization.
Viewers can find out for sure, though, by watching Gotham on Mondays on Fox.