"A new day". Those words of optimism from James Gordon only serve to tell us that this season of Gotham is going be even darker and more chaotic than the last. As if a "new day" in this city could mean anything but terrible! Of course, the worse things get for the Gothamites the better for us. I personally don't want a show where Gordon manages to put all the criminals away and then retires to a nice desk job mid season. Maybe that's just me though.
Now, if you haven't yet seen the new 30 second promo "Villains" for Gotham season 2 watch it here, as this article is basically looking at base level spoilers for the whole trailer:
Watched it yet? Good! I don't know why you'd click the article without having watched it...anyway!
Wow! A good trailer, right? It's not easy to make a 30 second promo interesting enough to hook an audience, as most of these promos fall into the trap of basically showing nothing! Yet this trailer did exactly what it advertised: it showed us some of the villains we can expect to see in season 2, even if most of those are ones we have already grown to love.
This trailer gives us our first real look at the character Theo Galavan, played by James Frain, a man described by Danny Cannon, executive producer on the show, as being a "prodigal son returning". Cannon also described Galavan as a man with a plan but "an insidious one". It's safe to assume that his return is an effect of Don Maroni's death and Carmine Falcone's fleeing of the city (assuming he actually leaves), as Galavan comes to fill the power vacuum in the city.
In the promo, Galavan states "Gotham will tremble". (Not very friendly!)
Cannon has also described this season of Gotham as being "about how one man will unleash and empower the villains and make them understand that they are more powerful than the people fighting against them". Therefore we can assume that much of the chaos we experience in the trailer, and the season, is being orchestrated by him in order to destroy Gotham.
Chaotic is one way to describe this trailer. It's hard to sum it up in words, really. We see screaming and guns in the streets, a shoot-out at the GCPD and plenty of other shooting. At 0:18, Gordon says "They want mass panic". You might be inclined to ask who wants mass panic, however it seems as though the man who will be puppeteering everything behind the scenes this season is Theo Galavan, as said above. He is the "They": all of this mayhem is his doing.
The Joker! Who can ignore the beautifully sinister Joker scenes in this trailer? At this point nobody can deny that Cameron Monaghan is a fantastic Joker. He's the right mix of Heath Ledger and Mark Hamill, while still playing off the comic book villain in his own way. Monaghan has that laugh down to a tee! We first hear the cackle at 0:07 in the promo and it doesn't fail to send shivers down our spines and send smiles onto our faces. As Galavan tells the young Clown Prince of Crime: "The laugh is fabulous. Use that." Yes, definitely do!
It's not just a Joker laugh that we are treated to in the promo. We see him being broken out of jail, presumably by Galavan as the two are seen together. Galavan appears to break out more villains at 0:11 in the promo as well. (It looks as though Gotham's crime statistics just took a nasty spike!) At 0:11, we also see The Joker firing a gun, presumably at James Gordon (especially seeing the way the promo has been cut together). We can know that he won't kill the Detective, not at least until he's been promoted to Commissioner (which I can guarantee won't be for a few seasons anyway!) We also see The Joker at the GCPD shootout, dressed as a Police Officer, although not firing a gun. This implies he's in control of the situation, but perhaps this is another of Galavan's plans. Whatever the case, we know that The Joker doesn't like to take orders for too long. He prefers to follow his own lead. We see him again in the trailer at 0:22 talking to a camera, dressed in his GCPD uniform saying "You ain't seen nothing yet". I like to believe that that's true!
We see glimpses of other characters. Barbara has a new friend at 0:10, presumably the girl in the mask from 0:11, and then also the girl at 0:12. In the back ground of this final shot we see Barbara tied up.
Did their friendship really end this quickly? We then see this mysterious girl again at the end of the trailer wielding some sort of rifle. Who is she? Why is she in Gotham? Is she also working with Galavan? Assuming that the title of the trailer isn't misleading, which villain is she?
We see two minor glimpses at Penguin in the trailer. In the first, he is sitting with Selina Kyle. Are these two working together? Perhaps Penguin is trying to utilise her skills for his employment? We know there will come day when all these villains will have Gotham as their playground. They have to start somewhere. We also see Penguin at the end of the trailer although there's no giveaway about what he's doing.
Finally, we see The Riddler. I don't mean the light hearted, fun Edward Nygma, but the crazy, obsessive Riddler. He is seen talking to himself at 0:08 saying "Everyone's gonna think you're nuts" (we already know!), then he is seen going from smiling to slamming fists on a locker in seconds. That attitude flip isn't a sign of stability. (Although notice this is an editorial choice as it is not the same scene, unless his shirt and tie change like his menatlity)
Overall this is an amazing trailer. There is probably far more to look into here. What was your favourite moment in the trailer? Are you hyped for Gotham returning? Is there anything I missed that you think is particularly important? Let know what you think down below.