Gotham: James Frain's Character to Introduce 'Famous DC Villain'?

James Frain as Theo Galavan in Gotham Season 2

Gotham season 2 is heating up quickly with its "Rise of the Villains" theme. The first season laid the groundwork for more well-recognized Batman and DC Comics villains to rush into Gotham City. The need for Batman is in its infancy, but the seeds planted last season are set to bloom in a major way. The official FOX synopsis of the season reads:

"The stakes are higher than ever as Gotham explores the origin stories of some of the most ambitious and depraved Super Villains, including The Riddler, The Joker and Mr. Freeze, and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) uncovers more secrets from his father’s past."

TV Guide spoke to Gotham executive producer Danny Cannon this week about a new evil force arriving in Gotham City. According to Cannon, that evil force is Theo Galavan (James Frain), whom the producer teased will introduce the "origins of a very famous DC villain." 

The producer went on to describe the character in greater detail:

"Theo Galavan arrives in Gotham as a prodigal son returning, He comes from a very wealthy family with ancient roots in the building and foundation of Gotham. It takes a while for us to understand why he came back to Gotham and what his plan is, but it's an insidious one, obviously. He's a little bit like the Great Gatsby and Dracula coming to town with money and influence and charm and trying to bend to Gotham to serve him."

Along with Theo will be his wicked sister Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas), also known as Tigress. Tigress has been in DC Comics as a villain since the 1930s, with the namesake being taken up by three different people. None of them were Tabitha Galavan, however, so unfortunately the history of the character won't provide fans with any clues. Deadline describes Galavan as a "Billionaire industrialist" with a "centuries-old vendetta."

Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galvan on 'Gotham'

The theories on exactly which DC Comics villain this Theo Galavan will eventually become have already begun flying. TV Guide seems to think that it's Ra's al Ghul, which is the obvious choice, considering his history with Batman and the character's recent use in movies, cartoons, and television. The only reason that perhaps this may not be the case is the fact that he is already being utilized in a major way over on The CW's Arrow, and Warner Bros. likes to avoid brand confusion. Besides, Gotham likes to blaze its own trail when it comes to characters and their origins, so nothing we know will necessarily help fans solve this riddle of riddles, save for watching the second season of the show.

There is another infamous immortal who plagues Batman's world and is a possibility for the role: Vandal Savage. Savage has been a formidable supervillain to the DC Universe since his introduction in the Green Lantern #10 comic in 1944. His history with Batman is legendary and he would certainly be a billionaire industrialist, a description that doesn't fit Ra's al Ghul quite as well. However, we've long known that Vandal Savage will appear in DC's Legends of Tomorrow series, so that likely takes him out of the running. Again, unless Warner Bros. intends to loosen the reins on some of its characters.

What do you think: will Theo be Ra's Al Ghul, Vandal Savage, or another DC Comics baddie altogether?

Gotham season 2 will premiere on September 21, 2015 on FOX.

Source: TV Guide

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