The “Rise of the Villains” continues with an onslaught of new promos. In an effort to lure new and returning viewers back to the dangerous, Bat-less streets of Gotham, FOX has released a steady stream of promotional trailers and images focusing on the show’s linchpin: its villains – or,in the case of season 2, the coming of said villains.
While season 1 placed an emphasis on Gotham City’s elite organized crime – pitting Carmine Falcone against Sal Maroni – season 2 is primed to forego the principles of organization and order, and dive straight into chaos and psychosis. The previous season finale already set this transition in motion, as Oswald Cobblepot ascended to the underworld throne following Maroni’s death and Falcone’s exit, while Edward Nygma began his descent into madness.
As the above teaser showcases, though, change “is in the air” for the people of Gotham – change and tension fueled by a power struggle between those who would uphold the law and the agents of chaos. Such agents include previously established evildoers (Jerome/Joker) as well as new ones (Mad Hatter, Clayface, and Firefly). And at the center of it all is James Frain‘s mysterious Theo Galavan, a “billionaire industrialist” with a nefarious plan that could threaten Gotham like never before.
The trailer highlights this plan, with Galavan’s voice ominously setting the stage for a fiery battle: “Monsters are coming to cleanse this city in blood and fire.” The use of the word “cleanse” in connection with Gotham’s destruction should sound familiar to Batman fans, as it reflects the perverse ideology of none other than Ra’s al Ghul. In Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, the dangerous mogul sought to save Gotham from disease (i.e. corruption and villainy) by destroying it. Even in the previous season of Arrow – which used the villain as its big bad – Ra’s implements the destruction of Starling City to cleanse Oliver Queen of his past life.
In both instances, the villain sees the only means for rebirth is through death. And from what we know so far about Galavan and his hidden agenda for Gotham, it seems almost too similar to Nolan’s film (and Arrow) to be true. Nevertheless, if Gotham is already introducing Ra’s to its prequel world, Jim will definitely need help saving the city…from being “saved.”
Gotham season 2 will premiere Monday, September 21st on FOX.
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