When Fox's Gotham was given a series order last May, many wondered just how a show set in Gotham City without Batman would work. The answer so far this season has been by introducing and developing as many supporting characters from the Batman universe as possible. In season 1 alone, Gotham has teased a slew of Batman villains, including The Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, the Red Hood, The Riddler and even The Joker.
And the trend of comic book characters appearing on the series will to continue in season 2. Now that Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney is on the way out, and Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox is coming in, Gotham should be a very different show next year. For one, season 2 will finally see young Bruce Wayne perfecting his fake billionaire playboy persona of the future, while James Gordon continues to decide how far he'll go to fight corruption in the city.
But some things will also stay the same, like more Batman villains making their way to the series. At today's WonderCon panel for Gotham, producer John Stephens told the audience that Clayface and The Mad Hatter are coming in season 2:
“Clayface and Mad Hatter are both villains we’re going to bring in [as well]. They both have great backstories and great personalities. Clayface especially is a character I want to [explore the origin of].”
There's also at least one more villain on the horizon. Mr. Freeze is a character that has been talked about before, and it seems we might finally get to see him next season. Stephens hinted at how he might appear on the show:
“We always want to walk the fine line of the reality of our world. Walking right up to that line where super-villains live. So there are a lot of characters from Batman lore that fit that bill. People like Victor Fries – who’s a science villain. You can play a lot of his abilities without going into the world of superheroes.”
And what of Gotham's corruption? Is there a more calculated force at work in the city? Stephens says we'll just have to wait and see:
“The Court of Owls is something we’ve discussed a lot. We keep digging up very close to it without quite pulling the trigger. It’s clear that there is a group of shadowy individuals that control and influence Wayne Enterprise and have great power in Gotham and may or may not be connected to Carmine Falcone. Is that The Court of Owls? Maybe… Keep watching and those questions will be answered.”
While Gotham has turned out to be, just as people surmised, a show focused on creating the world of Batman, the ride to get there this season has still been an exciting one. It's been fascinating to see each character's origin story played out onscreen and interweaved with the show's own brand of mythology.
As Stephens explained to the audience: “There’s so much media about these [characters], but [I] want to approach it in a fresh new way,” through what he calls an unknown "underground tunnel." So while it's true that these characters are already well-known, Stephens has proven time and again that there are many paths to take to show what they'll become.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you happy with Gotham's portrayal of the classic Batman villains? Excited to see Clayface, Mad Hatter and Mr. Freeze in season 2? Let us know in the comments.
Gotham returns Monday, April 13th @8pm on Fox.