Fox's Gotham just wrapped up its first season and while there wasn't an a huge cliffhanger aside from young Master Bruce discovering what looks like a Batcave having been left behind by his dearly departed dad, there is plenty of interesting news about what we can expect to see in Gotham Season 2. The show's creators have been happy to tease and reveal what they have in store for the future and now that we've seen the fate of Fish Mooney and where we stand with Penguin and the Riddler, let's take a look at Gotham's future.
The New Villains of Gotham Season 2
The Gotham panel at this year's WonderCon, as well as the show's appearance at the recent Fox Upfronts event, saw the show's creator Bruno Heller tease three big villains set to emerge in the second season as well as revealing plans for the show to pick up the threads of Joker's origins which were hinted at in the season one episode, "The Blind Fortune Teller". As far as new villains go, fans should expect to see the Mad Hatter, Clayface and Mr. Freeze showing up to cause problems for Jim Gordon and the poor citizens of Gotham.
The Mad Hatter
The Mad Hatter is the alter ego of Dr. Jervis Tetch, a neuroscientist who has a bad case of obsessive compulsive dissorder, an unhealthy interest in Alice in Wonderland and hats, and a tendency to speak in rhymes. Season one of Gotham touched on a mad scientist storyline with Victor Zsasz, one of the better representations of a Gotham villain so far on the show - it'll be interesting to see if Dr. Tetch can get another strong treatment for more than just a couple of episodes.
There have been many different versions of Clayface over the years in the pages of Batman and Detective Comics. The first version was that of a struggling actor Basil Karlo who goes mad and wears the costume of the Clayface monster he played in a film while going on a killing spree. Later, characters such as treasure hunter Matt Payne and scientist Preston Payne are subject to the biological effects of some radioactive material that turns them into the more recognizable mud monster that we've seen in more recent times. We'll see which way Gotham goes with Clayface - but seeing as the show hasn't gotten into any crazy radioactive monsters yet, it might be crazy actor Basil Karlo who makes the appearance.
Mr. Freeze, or Dr. Victor Fries, is better known to more casual Batman fans for being represented on film by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman & Robin. He's one of the best villains Gotham has seen due to his tragic tale of trying to keep his dying wife alive using cryogenic experiments that end up driving him looney tunes. This is the perfect kind of story that Gotham could flesh out on the show, introducing Dr. Fries, his terminally ill wife and slowly watching him get more and more desperate - much in the same way we've seen The Riddler spiral out of control.
Returning Villains in Gotham Season 2
As I mentioned, things are definitely in the works to see this Jerome character season one introduces transform into the Joker. In fact, showrunner Bruno Heller has even hinted that the beginning of Gotham's second season could see a focus on Jerome, what happened to him after he was put away for killing his mother and how the Joker emerges from this dark turn of events. In talking to the Hollywood Reporter, Heller said:
"We're going to find out how the hell Jerome, the proto-Joker we met earlier in this season, connects with the Joker as people known him. That's the big focus of the beginning of the second season. We're going to tell the story of how the Joker came to be."
What to make of Fish Mooney's literal fall from grace in the season one finale as she plummeted into deep waters at the hands of Penguin? Jada Pinkett-Smith made it clear she wasn't renewing her contract - but Heller is still hopeful that she may return in a more limited capacity. And even Pinkett-Smith has opened the window ever so slightly for her character's possible return, telling the Hollywood Reporter, "You never know. We'll see what happens."
What is certain is that Gotham Season 1 did the legwork in getting The Riddler to turn from geeky lab tech to full fledged murderer over the course of the season. It took a while but the show put Edward Nygma in a Dexter position of being a killer working under the nose of the Gotham PD. Hopefully the second season of Gotham won't be so coy with the character and we'll continue to see his downward spiral into madness that was hinted at in the final season one episodes.
As for Penguin, the character continues to be the highlight of the show and now that Maroni is out of the way and the role of Falcone is in question - we'll get to see how Cobblepot handles his position at the top of the underworld food chain and how long he'll be able to hold onto it. We'll also find out if the events at the end of season one wiped the slate clean between Penguin and Jim Gordon - given that Gordon having to turn to Penguin for help resulted in the desperate cop having to owe Cobblepot some favors that I'm sure Penguin will be eager to cash in on.
It wasn't the smoothest of debuts for Gotham. The extended first season had many dips in quality over its course but it had a knack for bouncing back and remaining entertaining. First seasons are always the toughest and here's hoping that Bruno Heller and the crew have learned a thing or two about how best to move forward and balance the criminal of the week stories it was relying on with being able to keep all its characters part of the bigger picture and not sitting on the sidelines for such long stretches.