In Gotham’s third season, the showrunners are going on the offensive. The show about Batman’s hometown has had its share of ups and downs during its two year run. However, the show’s third season premieres later this month and it’s shaping up to be the most ambitious so far. Many of the most notorious characters from the show’s early run will be making a return, as well as other iconic villains, which will surely move the needle.
The show’s second season saw the world of Gotham become increasingly more colorful, due to the introduction of new characters, such as Dr. Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong). Strange’s mysterious experimentation in the Indian Hill wing of Arkham Asylum resulted in the creation of a variety of mutants and future supervillains, including Firefly and Mr. Freeze, that Jim Gordon – and eventually Batman – will have to confront. Clearly, this is the foundation that the third season will expand on.
In the newest promotional video (above) from Fox, we get to see a sizzle reel of some seemingly epic moments from the first part of season 3. The second season was billed as “Rise of the Villains,” which spoke to themes of escalation, both criminal and supernatural in nature, on the show. While the third season will seemingly focus on the actual war between the cops, the mob, and the freaks, who are all fighting an uphill battle.
The video gives glimpses of some of the season’s new additions, such as Poison Ivy and possibly Killer Croc. Maggie Geha has taken over the role of Poison Ivy and the writers have created an explanation for the sudden age difference (and change of actresses). While the most striking shot in the trailer was of a mutant that could be the first incarnation, or a proto form, of Killer Croc. The producers have spoken openly about their desire to include the character in the show, which is logical considering that Croc’s popularity must be at an all-time high after the financial success of Suicide Squad.
During the show’s first season, it was easy pinpoint Gotham’s most divisive characters. Gordon’s former love interest, Barbara (played by Erin Richards), had a tough time finding her footing and place on the series. It was clear that the writers didn’t know how to make best use of the actress, as her character went from a trophy girlfriend, to a damsel in distress, to a Harley Quinn knock-off, with little success or traction in any direction. However, it seems that Richards will be even more of the focus in the third season.
While there isn’t a single character more polarizing than the scene-chewing, Fish Mooney. Jade Pinkett-Smith played the mob boss who became involved in a (seemingly) deadly game of cat-and-mouse with Oswald “The Penguin” Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), during the show’s first season. The character’s return in the second season was handled as a side story. However from the looks of the trailer, Mooney will be a primary driving force of mayhem this upcoming season. We also see her paired with the series’ fan-favorite character, Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), which could lead to some interesting character development for the future villain.
Gordon’s final line, “I don’t think Gotham’s running out of monsters any time soon,” signals that Gotham will continue to parade new freaks in the third season. The show has always seemed to be at its strongest when there is a storyline that stretches over multiple episodes; meanwhile, it seems to struggle when it tries to emulate the procedural formula, with freak-of-the-week monsters and random criminals. Hopefully, Gotham has found its stride and become the show we all deserve in its third season.
Gotham season 3 premieres 19th September on Fox.