When Gotham was first announced, it was portrayed as a DC Comics TV series that would follow many popular characters from the books before they became the heroes or villains known to the fans. However, Gotham also features a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), who was set on the path to becoming the caped hero Batman in the show’s pilot episode. Then, at the end of Gotham’s first season, Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) - character from the comics known to help Batman with his efforts to fight crime in the city - was introduced.
Now, after helping Bruce to uncover the existence of an underground chamber (read: the Batcave) beneath his father's home office in the season 1 finale, Lucius Fox will return in season 2 to continue aiding Bruce's evolution into Batman.
TVLine is reporting that Chalk (Homeland, The Newsroom) has been bumped up to a series regular for Gotham's second season. He only appeared in one season 1 episode, "The Anvil or the Hammer", in which he was introduced as a Wayne Enterprises junior executive and the company's resident tech genius - with some inexplicable knowledge about Thomas Wayne.
Gotham executive producer John Stephens talked about the role Lucius will play in season 2:
“[Lucius] becomes another person who’s going to help Bruce on his journey to find out what happened to his parents and what his parents were doing, and also his journey to manhood and Batman-hood. [Adult Bruce is] like a science genius, and some of that’s going to come from Lucius Fox.”
In the weeks since Gotham's season 1 finale, the series has bolstered its cast going into season 2. Both Morena Baccarin, who plays Dr. Leslie Thompkins, and Nicholas D'Agosto, who portrays Harvey Dent, have been added as series regulars as well for season 2. Additionally, Fox's DC Comics series will be adding two so-far-unknown villains to the ranks next season.
Although Gotham follows many different characters around the famed city - including Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and a host of villains-in-the-making - Bruce has been at the heart of the series. His evolution began in the pilot with the murder of his parents and continued throughout season 1. Now, with Chalk joining Gotham as a series regular, it seems the series will continue to follow Bruce on his path to becoming Batman.
Whether or not a Batman prequel series is truly what viewers were hoping to see when tuning in to Gotham, that is now (at least partly) what the show is about. In season 2, through the help of Lucius, Bruce will likely learn more about his parents' company as well as some tech-related skills. Perhaps, through Bruce's investigation of Wayne Enterprises, his storyline will become more central - or, at least, interwoven - in Gotham season two.
Gotham season two will begin airing on FOX in Fall 2015.