We can expect some new faces in the grim city next time around, as well as some familiar ones. The Court Of Owls, and the war between the newly resurrected Fish Mooney, and Penguin seem to be set to take center stage in a season that will see a lot of changes in the city’s future
Gotham, the series about the iconic, crime-ridden city, before the arrival of the bat, is set to begin its third season next month on Monday, September 19th, 2016, and like a lot of the show’s fans, I am looking forward to the show’s new season with enthusiasm.
Season three has been being promoted with the subtitle of ‘Heroes will fall’, which does not bode well for Gordon, and Harvey Bullock, who was the acting chief of the GCPD at the end of last season, or any of the other cops for that matter.
One thing’s for certain, there will be lots of changes going on in the city for season three.
This what we know so far about the show’s third season and what we can expect to see. A lot of information has been forthcoming from John Stephens, and Ken Woodruff the show’s executive producers, and here’s what they have revealed so far.
In the Season 2 finale of “Gotham,” Fish Mooney opened Pandora’s Box and unleashed Hugo Strange’s army of monsters on the city. However, that’s all according to plan; the Court of Owls’ plan, that is. The third season of “Gotham” will invite in more villains and do-gooders alike, while existing antagonists get even more ruthless than they ever were, and a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) takes another step forward in his journey to becoming Batman.
With a slew of bad guys now free to wreak havoc on Gotham City, fans can definitely expect things to get even darker and crazier next season. One thing we know for sure is Fish Mooney is back for more of her distinctive style of raising hell , and causing problems for the GCPD. There’s little doubt she and Strange’s other test subjects will play a significant role in Season three.
Of course another major development in season three is the revelation of the existence The Court of Owls, and how their influence has shaped what has gone on before in Gotham. The revelation of their influence will rise in Gotham this fall.
Over the course of Season 2, viewers learned that Hugo Strange was carrying out orders for the Court of Owls, and unleashing monsters in Indian Hill is just the beginning of their plans. Though they weren’t seen too much in Season 2, it certainly appears as though they’ll have a bigger presence (and possibly a connection to the Wayne murders) in Season 3.
In addition, the list of season 3 villains that will be arriving includes: Mad Hatter, The Tweedle Brothers, Talon, and Solomon Grundy. We’ve also learned that “proto” versions of Killer Croc and Harley Quinn will appear this season, as well as rumors of the return of Jerome, to further reinforce the Joker mythology.
Although we only get to imagine, at this point, what form these new editions of iconic characters, new to the show, will assume within the context of the series, and how, and when, they will be introduced, but its fun to think about, and certainly something to look forward to.
One of the oddest changes that will take place next season is the series plans to overhaul one of its already existing characters. Clare Foley has officially been replaced as “Gotham’s” Poison Ivy. Foley played Ivy Pepper; who would grow up to become the infamous Batman villain, in the first two seasons of the show. Though the character started out in the same age range as David Mazouz’s Bruce Wayne, it seems the showrunners have other ideas in mind for her. In Season 3, her age will be accelerated, and she will be reborn as a 19-year-old villain following an encounter with a “monster from Indian Hill.”
The new edition of the long time villainess will be played by Maggie Geha, Geha’s casting announcement promises she’ll harness the “full power of her charms” and go after the teenage Wayne. Looks like young Bruce will have his hands full in more ways than one.
Also arriving in the grim city this year, will be recurring character Valerie Vale. Like Vicki, the character is also described as a reporter for the Gotham Gazette and will be played by Jamie Chung. Also appearing will be another recurring character Mario Falcone, the son of mob boss Carmine Falcone, played by James Carpinello, who is projected to cause a lot of problems for James Gordon in regard to his attempts to reconcile with Leslie “Lee” Thompkins.
In addition to the new faces arriving in Gotham, we can expect some changes to take place with some of the show’s established characters we have already gotten to know and love, as well.
Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin will be coming back with a vengeance, Stephens was quoted as saying “When we come back in Season 3, we’re going to see not just a return to the old ambitious Penguin who wants to control all of Gotham, but even a step further forward than that, He’s moving forward in a very aggressive way.” Sounds Like Penguin is not going to be taking things sitting down.
Its also intriguing to ponder what changes will have developed with Edward Nygma, and how his time in Arkham has changed him since his arrival there, and after being betrayed by Strange.
Another thing I am really looking forward to this season is how the passage of time has changed young Bruce and Selena Kyle. These kids have been growing up right in front of our eyes, and I am eager to see how they have matured over the summer months, not to mention what the show’s creators have planned for the next steps in the evolution of their respective characters. It became apparent last season Bruce was quickly transiting more into a young man, and becoming less of a boy, and Selena was also noticeably maturing physically as well.
The producers also promised questions will soon be answered for fans left puzzled by last season’s “Gotham” finale. According to executive producer Ken Woodruff, big plans are afoot for Bruce Wayne’s mysterious doppelgänger, who was introduced to audiences in the episode’s closing moments, stealing away from the crashed bus of Indian Hill escapees.
Woodruff promises big things ahead for the long haired fellow that looked a lot like Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). “We’re bringing him in to show Bruce Wayne a lot of things. It’s easier to see things in someone else than it is to see them in yourself. The whole idea of split personalities, like the playboy persona of Bruce Wayne that he uses, to great effect, later on in his life, are the kinds of things that we wanted to have Bruce Wayne learn from this doppleganger.”
I have been (im)patiently waiting for season three trailers, since we are now edging closer to the ate of the premiere, and it seems like its about time for some serious marketing for the show’s third season to kick in. You can see the SDCC trailer that was shown earlier this year below. Also below is a trailer Fox released, that for reasons that are difficult to understand, beyond the fact that both shows will be appearing on Monday nights, combined with a sneak peek for season 2 of Lucifer. Expect updates as they happen in the near future. Happy viewing.