Despite occasionally receiving criticism for its sometimes uneven tone and often radically different interpretations of established characters from the Batman mythos, Gotham continues to draw in a consistent audience for FOX. Averaging a 1.4 in the coveted 18-49 demo, and regularly drawing in over 4 million total live viewers, Gotham season 2 ranked as the 6th highest rated scripted series on FOX during the 2015-2016 season. Season 2 also earned praise for focusing more on serialized storytelling, and less on the random “cases of the week” that Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) spent much of season 1 investigating.
Gotham season 3 seems likely to liven things up yet again, with plenty of new characters arriving on the scene to broaden the series’ landscape. One of those new characters is Valerie Vale (Jamie Chung, Once Upon a Time), aunt of classic Batman character – and love interest – Vickie Vale. Now, Chung appears as Valerie Vale in new photos from the set of Gotham.
Coming Soon released the photos of McKenzie and Chung from the New York City set of Gotham season 3. Played by Kim Basinger in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film, Vickie is the intrepid reporter type, and eventually learns The Caped Crusader’s secret identity after beginning a romantic relationship with Bruce Wayne. Valerie is a new addition to the Batman canon, created specifically for Gotham. She is also a reporter for the Gotham Gazette, who seeks out Gordon’s help in exposing the truth behind Indian Hill.
With Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) now seemingly out of the picture for the time being, one wonders whether Gordon will take a cue from future-Bruce and take his relationship with a reporter named Vale beyond the platonic at some point. Of course, one assumes it will take Jim some time to recover from the loss of both Leslie and his unborn child, making it likely that he’ll be all business for awhile.
In addition to Valerie Vale, established Batman villains The Court of Owls, The Mad Hatter, and Solomon Grundy will also make their Gotham debuts in season 3. Additonally, Poison Ivy is getting brought more in line with her standard comic book traits and appearance, transforming from the meek Ivy Pepper seen in the first two seasons of Gotham into a 19-year-old superpowered seductress with her sights set on young Bruce (David Mazouz). This bizarre turn of events takes place after Ivy encounters one of Hugo Strange’s twisted experiments.
Will Gotham season 3 improve on season 2? It’s hard to tell based on the lack of publicly available plot details, but the influx of new and revamped characters suggest that the show’s writers and producers aren’t content to simply rest on their already earned laurels.
Gotham season 3 premieres Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8pm on FOX.
Source: Coming Soon