FOX’s Gotham is gearing up for season 3, and the show is clearly getting more comfortable in its own skin. The series had a somewhat rocky start, but the ratings have become consistent and the serialized storytelling has seen the series hit its stride in season 2, leaving viewers anxious to see where the story goes next when it returns in the fall.
As was seen in the second half of season 2, the storyline went to a decidedly strange place by bringing back characters who had previously died earlier in the series, thanks to the work of one Hugo Strange. Case in point: the wicked and once-powerful Gotham underworld figure Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) is now set to make her grand return, much to the chagrin of her former umbrella man, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor).
A recent image uploaded to Twitter, by Gotham executive producer Danny Cannon, features Maria Mercedes “Fish” Mooney making her re-appearance. She is shown still sporting the blue and black costume that she donned when we last saw her, as Hugo Strange’s twisted Subject 13. Back then, Mooney had been unceremoniously reanimated by Arkham Asylum Chief of Psychiatry Dr. Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong) in one of his secret underground experiments. Strange was supposed to be conducting experiments for Wayne Enterprises in his Indian Hill laboratory, but in reality he has been working for the Court of Owls. When Oswald managed to defeat and subsequently kill Fish Mooney in a very hostile takeover of her crime syndicate, her recovered body was taken to Indian Hill for experimentation.
In the season 2 episode, ‘A Legion of Horribles,’ Strange succeeded in bringing Mooney back to life, and he even combined the crime lord’s DNA with that of a cuttlefish. Surprisingly, despite dying and being brought back to life, Mooney has retained all of her memories and even her personality. It’s a surprising turn of events given her circumstances, one that comes with an additional benefit: Mooney now has the ability to put whomever she touches under her control, a power that will no doubt become a major part of her story arc in season 3. Now, the question seems to be: Is Mooney out for revenge against Hugo Strange and the Court of Owls for re-animating her, or will she appear as one of their followers, exacting their evil plot on Gotham City?
The re-animated Fish Mooney is far from the only villain making their way into season 3. Fans can expect several new additions to the cast, including The Mad Hatter, The Tweedle Brothers, Talon, and Solomon Grundy, to name a few. Hopefully, fans can expect more returning villains as well, like Mr. Freeze (Nathan Darrow) and Clayface (Brian McManamon). Gotham has done a great job of putting their own “real-world” spin on the Batman rogues gallery, and it will be interesting to see whether they become even more gruesome by the time Bruce Wayne actually dons the cape and cowl. Since that’s a sight fans won’t likely see until Gotham comes to an end, much like the fan-favorite CW Network Superman prequel series Smallville, there’s plenty of time for these villains to become even more warped than they already are.
Gotham season 3 premieres Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8pm on FOX.