[This video & article contain SPOILERS for the Gotham season 2 premiere.]
FOX's Gotham television series has kicked off its second season with the episode "Damned If You Do" (read our recap/review). The episode, among other things, featured the introduction of Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas), also known as Tigress, and her brother, Theo Galavan (James Frain) - whose first act in a yet to be revealed master plan for stirring things up in Gotham City involved setting a pack of criminals - hand-picked from Arkham Asylum - on the loose.
The above trailer teases what that group of criminally-insane types - known as "The Maniax" - will be getting up to, over the course of the Gotham episodes ahead. The list of inmates turned loose include Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan) - who may or may not be the future Joker - and Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), the ex-fiancee to newly-reinstated Gotham City Police Department officer James Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Comic book fans may've also noted that it was Richard Sionis, the uncle of the man who becomes Black Mask, who got cut down by Tigress in the Gotham season 2 premiere.
The Maniax will clearly be the main antagonist for at least the first half of Gotham season 2, as they're shown in the above trailer doing everything from attacking a bus full of cheerleaders to invading the Gotham City Police headquarters; the influences of Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy is also apparent, as we see Jerome dressed as a police officer and making viral propaganda videos (a la Heath Ledger's Joker). The video also hints at a possible steamy romantic relationship between Barbara and Tabitha.
In other Gotham news, ComicBook.com spoke to show runner Bruno Heller about the possibility of a Court of Owls connection to the new evil Galavan siblings, and he had the following to say on the subject:
“Yeah, absolutely, [I'm interested]. I won’t say that it’s part of – I don’t even want to say that, because I don’t want to spoil part of the story. The Court of Owls is deep, deep, deep Gotham mythology. The comic book fans know about it, but I would suspect the larger audience is not so familiar. We sometimes have to make a distinction between the ‘Nolan-era Batman movie fans’ and the comic book fans. It’s not that they’re two separate audiences, just that there are two levels of engagement. Court of Owls is very much deep DC mythology."
Heller went on to elaborate:
“We are absolutely going to explore that world down the line. Looking at the longevity of the show, we have to hold some cards back, we can’t just throw all of the elements, all of the story at once. The Court of Owls is a brilliant conceit that will absolutely be part of our storytelling. I just won’t tell you when.”
Gotham executive producer John Stephens previously teased that the shadowy organization known as the Court of Owls may be influencing Wayne Enterprises on the show, in addition to having ties to the Gotham City mobster underworld. After Oswald Cobblepot's (Robin Lord Taylor) power play in season 1, could it be that the new competition in town (read: the Galavans) is somehow connected to the Court of Owls, as part of the group's bid to fully (and secretly) re-take control of the city?
The Gotham season 2 premiere also included a subplot where Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) finally gained access to the late Thomas Wayne's underground vault, so it shouldn't be long before viewers (and Bruce) find out what Bruce's father had discovered about the insidious powers that be at Wayne Enterprises. If the Court of Owls is, in fact, pulling the strings on the organization and/or had something to do with the death of Bruce's parents, then Bruce will need all the help he can get - including from one Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) - in his efforts to take them down.
Gotham returns with "Knock, Knock" next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
Source: FOX, ComicBook.com