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(Warning - minor SPOILERS for Gotham season 2 lie below...but nothing more than what the relevant episodes' synopses and trailers'll reveal all by themselves...)

Now, in many ways, Gotham's first season proved one of the more divisive of last year's super-heroic series, with comic book fans largely either loving or hating it, and few responses settling in-between. That, though, hasn't dampened the air of optimism surrounding the show's second season, with the basic premise set to undergo a gentle reshuffle, with an increased focus on longer plot arcs, and much of what was widely loved about the first season brought into sharper focus.

Added to all that, we're also seemingly set to see a whole lot more villains on screen - this being the city of Gotham, after all. What's more:

The Latest Gotham Villain Has a Seriously Long Pedigree

That's right. Tigress is coming to Gotham, and that means we're set to see a glimpse of one of DC's longest serving villains.

Though the original, an unnamed Tigress, made her first appearance in the legendary 'Action Comics #1' back in 1938, however, she isn't actually the most well known DC character to hold the name. Soon after, the unnamed villain was replaced by (what may have been) her own daughter, Paula Brooks, who was briefly a hero in the Young All-Stars before returning to a life of crime.

Most recently, though, Tigress has been most closely identified with Brooks' daughter, Artemis Crock - who has been alternately villainous and, more recently, somewhat heroic.


We're Not Set to See Any of Those Tigresses in Gotham

Instead, Jessica Lucas (of Cloverfield and Evil Dead fame, above), who was recently confirmed by TVLine to be taking the role, is set to play a character named Tabitha Galavan.

Which, comic book fans will note, isn't traditionally a name associated with the Tigress' identity.

Instead it seems, Lucas' Tabitha is set to be an all-new, all-Michelle-Pfeiffer-era-Catwoman-infused take on the character:

"Tabitha is the lead enforcer for her brother Theo, a billionaire industrialist hell-bent on taking over Gotham (and to be played by go-to bad guy James Frain). Described as sexy and violent — and toting a bullwhip! — she’s the opposite of her cold and calculating brother, deriving a sensual pleasure from the mayhem she’s tasked with making."

Which, for fans of early '90s Batman movies - and who isn't? - might just seem to be exactly what Gotham needs...

The most intriguing part, though?...

Tigress' Presence Might Just Open Up the Possibility of Seeing a Classic Hero, Too

After all, the original Tigress was principally opposed by the classic Golden Age hero Zatara - the crime-fighting magician who just so happened to be the father of the famous Justice Leaguer Zatanna.

Could the presence of a Tigress, then, open up the possibility of us seeing the (distinctly TV-budget-friendly) Zatara on Gotham, too - possibly with his young daughter along with him?

After all, in Batman: The Animated Series, he was the one who taught Bruce Wayne how to be an escape artist...

What do you reckon, though?

via TVLine


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