The second half of Gotham's third season appears to be shifting the focus back onto the good guys. "How the Riddler Got His Name" really did send #Gotham in a new direction. Fans got to see Ed Nygma overcome his obstacles and introduce himself to the world as Riddler.
With names such as Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Ra's al Ghul, and The Court of Owls (with their Bruce Wayne clone), the highly anticipated second half of Season 3 promises to move things forward — but is Gotham moving too fast for its own good?
Too Many Batman Villains Introduced All At Once
The third season of Gotham has been all about the Batman villains ─ I can't lie, I loved how we got to see the return of the (alleged) Joker in Jerome and the birth of the Riddler. Unfortunately, Gotham is introducing so many Batman villains that it's raising this fan's eyebrow. Harley Quinn may even be part of Gotham by the end of Season 3, if the rumors about Barbara Keen are true.
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Babs is so good in her own insane and sexy way. Changing Babs into Harley would be the final nail in the coffin for me. That's one of the biggest problems with the show right now ─ Gotham originally didn't feel like a Batman series, but its own thing.
Ed was working with Gotham PD and Penguin was nothing more than sadistic lackey for Fish Mooney. The focus was on Mooney, Sal Maroni, Carmine Falcone and Theo Galavan; it felt like a James Gordon crime procedural. Now it's becoming very much a Batman series.
Bruce Wayne Is Becoming The Lead Character — Wasn't This Show About Jim Gordon?
There was an initial feeling that Gordon would be the hero in this story while Bruce Wayne would be in the background; it was a fascinating concept. In fact, back in 2015 Ben McKenzie told ComicBook.com that Batman wouldn't appear until seconds before the curtain call:
"In the very last frame of the very last scene of the very last episode of the very last season of Gotham, whenever that turns out to be, that’s when we’ll see Bruce Wayne put on the cape and cowl."
Despite Gotham doing its best to keep Jim in the loop by linking him to the Court, this season appears to be all about Batman. While the show hasn't gotten away from the struggles and ultimate heroics of Jim, there has been a heavy, rapid dose of Batman-like training and evolution going on with Bruce.
Furthering that notion is the anticipated debut of Ra's al Ghul — who, in Batman Begins, taught Bruce everything he needed to know to eventually become Batman.
With the fast-tracking of Bruce's training and the introduction of so many Batman villains, it does seem like the show is moving quickly towards the Caped Crusader becoming the savior of Gotham. But the show may want to pump the breaks on that.
A Teenage Batman Isn't The Hero Gotham Needs
As a fan of all things Batman, I have to say that the prospect of Bruce turning into the Dark Knight on Gotham is exciting, but there are a few factors preventing that from happening right now. One major glaring reason is David Mazouz's age. The actor just turned 16 years old, and it would be a radical departure for Bruce to become Batman as a teenager; he must first spend years away from Gotham.
Of course, Gotham is inventing its own mythology and has the creative freedom to do whatever it wants. But all of this feels less like a natural extension of the series' original vision, and more like an attempt to bring in new viewers with famous characters.
Personally, I'd like to see Bruce Wayne leave Gotham (the city, if not the show) for a season or two. The focus should go back to Jim and Harvey, leading a group of heroes inside the police department. It would be great to see Bruce become Batman eventually, but right now the sudden anticipation just feels like a distraction.