However Gotham fans felt about the season 1 finale (read our review), one thing was clear going forward: major changes are afoot for Bruce Wayne’s hometown and the series that bears its name. Now that Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is apparently out of the picture, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) – the self-proclaimed new “king of Gotham” – will have to grasp that title tightly.
Showrunner Bruno Heller has announced that Gotham season 2 will see a number of villains come to the forefront. In addition to the anticipated introduction of Batman villains Clayface and Mad Hatter, the show has Jessica Lucas popping up as Tigress and has bumped up the presence of Nick D’Agosto’s doomed GCPD ally Harvey Dent (could we see his Two-Face arc happen this season?). Plus, there’s still a murderous Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) running loose, and let’s not forget a certain future Clown Prince of Crime.
Fox has now released a teaser trailer for Gotham‘s sophomore season (see above), and as expected, the emphasis is place on the show’s criminal presence. In particular, a major focus is spent on Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) quest to take down the corrupt Commission Loeb (Peter Scolari) and the resulting “deal with the devil” he strikes with Penguin. Moreover, there are several flashes to some of the baddies coming Gordon’s way, including Cameron Monaghan’s locked-up Jerome, who likely already has plans in motion for his escape.
UPDATE: A second Gotham season two teaser (this one, focused on young Bruce Wayne) has dropped online. Watch it, below:
The Gotham season two footage also raises the intriguing question of how dirty Gordon will allow his hands to get in order to take down the criminal scum of his city. This development nicely foreshadows the moral dilemma Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) himself will have to face one day when he finally dons the cape and cowl.
Considering that the show’s reaction from fans has been pretty mixed since its debut, Gotham season 2 does look like it may be course-correcting a bit, at least judging by the direction of this footage. The show seems to be playing greater focus on its most successful elements and downplaying less popular characters (looking at you, Barbara!) in favor of exciting new series regulars like Michael Chiklis and recurring player Morena Baccarin. Hardcore Batman fans may have been turned off by the show at this point, but with any luck, Gotham can pull off an impressive season 2 turnaround. Hey, it worked for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., after all.
Gotham season two starts airing September 21, 2015 on Fox.