[MILD SPOILERS for the rest of Gotham S1 ahead.]
There have definitely been hiccups along the way, but Gotham season one seems to have settled into a steady world-building process. Showrunner Bruno Heller and his staff have now woven a series of compelling inter-connnecting plot threads around the weekly investigations of young Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) – crime of the week adventures that continue to flesh out backstories for many a future super-villain who will one day square off with the Caped Crusader.
Jason Lennon/Ogre will be the next baddie featured on the series, when it picks back up next week. Fox has debuted a new featurette that includes footage of Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia in the Ogre role, along with Gotham cast interviews – with the likes of McKenzie as well as Morena Baccarin – where it’s not so much hinted as stated that Gordon’s actions will affect his personal life and the lives of those closest to him – such as, Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Baccarin).
You can watch said Gotham featurette, above.
Here is the official synopsis for “Birds of Prey”, the Gotham episode that will introduce the Ogre character and continue to explore other plot threads – like Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) ongoing investigation into the conspiracy behind his parents’ murder.
Gordon and Bullock investigate a cold case involving the Ogre, a serial killer who targets young women in Gotham City. Meanwhile, Fish plots her escape from the Dollmaker, and Bruce and Selina confront Reggie in the all-new “Beasts of Prey” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, April 13 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT) on FOX.
It was said during the Gotham panel for the 2015 WonderCon (via Collider) that the Ogre storyline spans three episodes, leading into the season one finale – an episode that McKenzie described as being “almost chaos,” complete with character deaths that may come as a surprise. The implication is that Gordon’s encounter with Ogre takes him into the next stage of his evolution from (overly) idealistic cop to the more world weary and battle-hardened officer who’s traditionally been depicted in Batman stories.
The obvious guess would be that Leslie is in the greatest danger of becoming the Ogre’s next victim due to Gordon’s investigation (which she also encourages) – simply because Barbara (Erin Richards) is the one who traditionally ends up marrying Gordon somewhere down the line. Baccarin, for her part, has already found her next job with Marvel (albeit, not Marvel Studios), now that she’s playing a lead role in the currently-filming Deadpool movie scheduled for 2016.
Images confirm that Barbara crosses paths with the Ogre on an upcoming Gotham episode – but is she necessarily safe? The show has thus far played fast and loose with several Batman comic book characters’ backstories, but we’re now moving towards a point where the series is going to reveal if it’s willing to change the destinies of certain side players too. We’re not expecting any huge surprises, but Gotham may yet toss us some curve balls.
Gotham continues with “Birds of Prey” next week on Monday, April 13th.
Source: Fox, Collider