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Having fast become one of the most popular Superhero series on television, Fox's Gotham has raised some pretty high expectations for itself - and for its second season, due in the fall. One of the downsides of the show's fan-pleasing first year, however, is that it seems as though pretty much every major Batman villain you could ever wish for has already found their way to Gotham City - which raises a pretty major question for the second season: Just who else are we set to see?

Well, thankfully, Gotham's Executive Producer John Stephens, while speaking at the recent WonderCon, revealed a whole lot about who we can expect to see in Season 2 - and it seems as though:

There Are Some Pretty Legendary Villains On Their Way

Specifically, as Stephens put it, when asked who we'll be seeing in the show next season:

"We always want to walk the fine line of the reality of our world. Walking right up to that line where super-villains live. So there are a lot of characters from Batman lore that fit that bill. People like Victor Freeze – who’s a science villain. You can play a lot of his abilities without going into the world of superheroes."

Mr. Freeze, though, isn't the only villain we can expect to see. As Stephens added:

"Clayface and Mad Hatter are both villains we’re going to bring in [as well]. They both have great backstories and great personalities. Clayface especially is a character I want to [explore the origin of]."

So, it looks like we're set to see Mr. Freeze, Clayface and the Mad Hatter during the course of next season - but that leaves one key question remaining:

Just Who Are Those Villains?

Well, let's take a closer look...

First up:

Mr. Freeze, a.k.a. The 'Ahnold' One

Perhaps better known to many as 'that incredibly campy blue villain Arnold Schwarzenegger played in Batman and Robin', Mr. Freeze is actually a pretty interesting character on the page and - with his villainous motivation (the loss of his wife) and weapon of choice (advanced freezing technology) both being perfectly suited to episodic television - seems a natural fit for Gotham.

Though, it's still going to be pretty hard to get away from this:

I mean...the puns. So many puns...


Clayface, a.k.a. The 'Kinda Gross' One

Residing on pretty much the exact opposite end of the filming practicality spectrum, Clayface is one of Batman's most long-standing (and kinda icky) foes. What makes the character intriguing, though, is that there have, somewhat awkwardly, been nine different versions of the villain over the years, each with slightly different powers. Each one, though, has had the ability to shapeshift, using some variation of a clay-like radioactive protoplasm.

How Gotham would show the effect on a tight TV budget remains a mystery, though...

The Mad Hatter, a.k.a. The 'Literary' One

Psychologically twisted and physically diminutive, Jervis Tetch is a disturbed and child-like neuro-scientist, who has not only developed the ability to control the minds of others - but uses that control for evil.

Or, in other words, he's exactly the sort of low-key and creepy villain that's perfect for Gotham. In more recent appearances (in the New 52), Tetch was ret-conned into a more obviously psychotic character, but expect a more traditional - and less hat-obsessed - version in the show...

The big question that leaves, though?

via Collider


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