(Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Gotham's season finale, as well as potential ones for the upcoming Season Three. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
With Season Two of Gotham having come to an end, it's not all that surprising that attention is already turning to this coming fall's Season Three - and to the villainy that we'll see featured within it. After all, though Gotham is technically the tale of a young Bruce Wayne's path to becoming Batman (as well of course as Jim Gordon's journey to getting a well-deserved promotion), it became apparent very early on that it was the show's bad guys who were its biggest asset.
Which, of course, makes it all the more exciting that...
Gotham Producer John Stephens Just Revealed Some Of The Villains We'll Be Seeing In Season Three
Specifically, as Stephens suggested in a recent interview with ComicBookResources:
"We'll be seeing Mad Hatter in Season 3. We'll be seeing the Tweedle Brothers, too, if we're going to bring the Hatter in. In line with the Court of Owls, we'll be seeing Talon. And, we should be seeing Solomon Grundy..."
Now, with The Mad Hatter having been teased by Gotham's behind-the-scenes team before, and Solomon Grundy having been hinted at by the show on several occasions, that might not seem like all that major an announcement. After all, The Mad Hatter's perennial associates the Tweedle Brothers were always likely to appear alongside the 'Hatter. The fourth villain to be confirmed by Stephens, though, might just be a bigger deal. Y'see:
Talon's Presence In Season Four Could Tell Us A Lot About The Season's Central Source Of Villainy
Specifically, the presence of Talon - technically less a character than a job title, one referring to the assassins of The Court of Owls - could well confirm that Season Three will see the Court of Owls step out from the shadows lurking behind Dr. Hugo Strange, and emerge as Season Three's main source of 'monster of the week' villainy in his stead.
After all, if Talon (or potentially Talons) is set to play a major role next season, then that would surely seem to imply that The Court of Owls is set to adopt a more aggressive approach to its involvement in Gotham City - something that could, perhaps, help to explain the appearance of a long-haired Bruce Wayne lookalike in the finale's array of 'monsters'.
Could we soon see The Court of Owls emerge as a major threat to (a perhaps overly curious) Bruce Wayne - and watch as a long-developed scheme of theirs comes to fruition? And, if so, will the whole thing turn out to be a cunning way of establishing mainstream awareness of the Court in order to throw them into a future Batman movie?
Time - and time alone, it seems - will tell...