Season 1 of Gotham definitely had its share of ups and downs, but the best part was seeing many of the classic Batman villains come to life in brand new origin stories. The season finale brought even more drama to the show when it turned everything on its head, with gangster boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) departing the series (for now, at least), and Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) taking over as the new king of crime.
But the war for Gotham City is far from over. Showrunner Bruno Heller recently revealed at Comic-Con that season 2 will be “the rise of the villains” as Gotham “starts to decline into chaos.” Clayface and Mad Hatter have already been confirmed to appear later in the season, but some other new characters teased in the trailer above will show up in town to wreak havoc even sooner.
It doesn’t look like Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and GCPD Captain Essen’s (Zabryna Guevara) “new day” after the fall of Fish Mooney and crime boss Falcone (John Doman) will last very long.
While Cobblepot revels in his new position, a number of other baddies are already looking to take over, from hitman Victor Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan) to Edward Nygma’s troubled Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Theo Galavan (James Frain), his sister Tabitha a.k.a Tigress (Jessica Lucas) and, oh yes, Jerome Valeska a.k.a. the Joker (Cameron Monaghan).
Season 2 will also reportedly be the rise of the Joker. Heller spoke to THR after the finale earlier this year and promised, “We’re going to find out how the hell Jerome, the proto-Joker we met earlier in this season, connects with the Joker as people known him. That’s the big focus of the beginning of the second season. We’re going to tell the story of how the Joker came to be.”
Don’t get too excited, though. Jerome does appear to be an earlier Joker, but the jury’s still out on whether he is the Joker of Batman myth and legend. Still, there are plenty of other major villains to watch evolve into their classic selves on Gotham. Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) a.k.a. Catwoman is one to watch out for, as she decides where she belongs. And don’t expect Barbara’s (Erin Richards) descent into madness to be resolved quickly either.
The Joker is, of course, one of the main draws of the series, but there’s plenty to be excited about as Gotham begins its next chapter. Michael Chiklis is joining the series as Captain Barnes; Michelle Veintimilla is playing the villain Firefly, plus there are plenty of other villains to look forward to.
Gotham season 2 premieres Monday, September 21 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.