What’s an old prep school without a proper coat of arms? Fans who watched one of the new episodes of DC All Access glimpsed the one for Gotham Academy, but now the publisher has released the image in the form of a teaser, encouraging applicants to “Enroll Now For the Fall Semester.”
Announced late last month among a wave of new titles, Gotham Academy is set in the city’s most prestigious, and undoubtedly weirdest, school. It’s written by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher and illustrated by Karl Kerschl, who draw some of their inspiration from Harry Potter, Nancy Drew and the secret history of Gotham exposed in Batman: The Court of Owls.
“After I got Brenden on board as a co-writer, the three of us started going back and forth and the idea just kind of grew organically of Harry Potter in Gotham,” Cloonan told Comic Book Resources. “That’s the feeling we want to evoke. And it’s all new characters, which gives us a chance to bring a different flavor. We have a bunch of kids going to boarding school while moving around in this world where all of these superheroes exist. Some of the inspiration comes from Scott Snyder’s run on Batman. He made this whole secret history of Gotham with the Court of Owls and there’s all this stuff about the city we don’t know. We have these kids going to this old boarding school in Gotham and there is all of this history and they can explore it and grow up and find out things about themselves and Gotham.”
Some of those elements may be reflected in Gotham Academy’s coat of arms, whose Latin motto roughly translates as “history is life’s teacher.” I don’t profess to be well-versed in medieval heraldry, so I can only guess what the crossed keys and flame mean — but they would appear to point to some secrets.