Gotham is returning this September and is set to make some big moves regarding all the new characters. The season ended with multiple shadowy figures escaping from Dr. Hugo Strange’s Indian Hill Research Facility. Of course, while they may present new threats, some older foes will still be pushing the heroes to their limits.
There have been plenty of new looks at the characters recently, with new posters and images from the show adding to the speculation of what is to come. As the premiere gets closer, it appears there is even more in the way of actual clips being released to highlight some key elements of what to expect from this new season.
The official Gotham Twitter page has put out a new promo featuring setups for both Gotham and Lucifer, with an emphasis on seeing what dark depths the heroes will have to go down to in an effort to do what is right. Speaking to Gotham specifically, the clips shown feature Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) working outside of the law and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) talking up what kinds of choices he will need to make. All this happens while Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) appear to be the center of a brewing war between criminals and other cast members briefly appear to give devilish looks concerning their varying nefarious activities.
Season two of Gotham put a large emphasis on its subtitle “Rise of the Villains” and this third season certainly seems to be bringing the heroes down to their level with its appropriate tagline, “Heroes Will Fall”. With a lot of hints that the Court of Owls will be a large focus of the season, this could mean the series will be getting even darker than ever. It makes a level of sense for young Bruce Wayne, who will have to court plenty of danger in order to grow into the superhero we all know, but what this show has planned for Gordon is more of a mystery. We know he’ll be back with the GCPD at some point and eventually rise up in rank, but what other kinds of suffering will he have to go through first?
Gotham has fortunately gotten a better handle on what kind of show it wants to be. That does not excuse some of the sloppy storytelling and what often amounts to style over substance, but if the show wants to be both incredibly violent and very wacky, at least it has a better handle on how to best accomplish this. Adding so many Batman villains before there is a Batman has its problems for those who enjoy a level of comic-based continuity, but there is at least some ambition in seeing how Gotham tries to set itself apart.
One just has to hope this season of Gotham does not lean too hard on making things as dark as possible. Yes, the series is more interesting when it deals with its villains, but at the same time, as gritty as Gotham City can be, it would be great to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
Gotham season 3 premieres September 19th, 2016 on FOX.