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Gotham EP Talks Jim's Grim Fate, Arkham's Ascendance, Bat/Cat Bond, a 'Dark' Turn and the Extended Run
Fox’s Gotham presents its fall finale tonight at 8/7, capping a run of strong episodes that gave the freshman drama some much-needed creative momentum. In turn, ratings have stabilized, regularly outdrawing its equally buzzy lead-out, the sophomore spooker Sleepy Hollow.With an eye on this week’s pre-holiday climax, TVLine invited executive producer Danny Cannon to survey Gotham‘s strengths-to-date and tease a bit of what (and who) is to come.
The Faces of FOX's Gotham: The Villains
We're still in the middle of the winter break for FOX's Gotham, but we're rolling on talking about the massive cast of the show and breaking the down by category. This week, we're checking out some of the villains of the show. These guys may be flavor of the week, but they still have an impact on the overall show.Like many folks that live their whole lives in New York City or Chicago, when you are born into a bustling metropolis, like Gotham, it's a place you're going to set down your roots and stay in you're whole life, so it makes sense to see so many beloved Batman characters as younger versions of themselves in this show.Make sure to check out our breakdowns of the police officers, crime syndicate, and children of Gotham in past weeks. Let's get on with the villains!
The Fatal Flaw of ‘Gotham': Batman Without Batman
Back when it was first announced that there would be a Batman-themed network show called Gotham, excitement ran high. Sure, we were never promised any actual Batman appearances, with the show focusing on the early years of the eventual Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. But what originally seemed like an interesting and gritty high concept has managed to fall flat in just 11 episodes. In their review of the last episode of the show entitled “Rogues Gallery,” AV Club tied the show’s main issue into a tidy bow:Gotham wants to be too many things at once, and it’s to the detriment of narrative precision and intrigue.The show’s scattershot approach can largely be attributed to trying to compensate for its being one thing: Batman sans Batman. Without the Caped Crusader patrolling the streets of Gotham (in this series he’s a small child learning how to be dark and broody and stuff), the show is forced to throw everything else the comic mythos has against the wall to see what sticks. In doing this, we as an audience have to accept the coincidence of Catwoman, The Penguin, and the rest of the city’s assortment of villains all happening to intersect and interact at just the right time pre-Batman.For an origin story to function in the way Gotham attempts to, the intersecting stories have to feel organic, well put together, and coherent. But what is happening instead is a show that’s forcing a whole lot of square pegs into round holes. Everywhere you turn, there’s a series of nods to what the future of the city holds, but with no further observation into a series of stories with the potential to be wildly interesting.A confusingly nimble and acrobatic child, Catwoman apparently watched from afar as Bruce Wayne’s parents were gunned down, but spends a fair amount of the show silently looking on as things happen around her. The Penguin is an exiled former mobster with designs of running the Gotham underworld through the power of creepy smiling and umbrella-holding, but spends most of his time on the periphery showing up when the writers decide he’s needed. The big bad of the series so far is the mafia, but that’s managed only to make Gotham into more of a crime procedural than an origins story. GOTHAM | Official Extended Trailer | FOX BROADCASTING....GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. This Fall on FOX!
The real problem, though, is shared by its similarly conceptualized predecessor Smallville, featuring a young Superman coming into his own: It moves toward an inevitable end we’ll never get to see. It’s not directly tied into its respective movie universe like Agents of SHIELD, so it doesn’t offer any big picture value to its audience. Instead, it tried to focus on one of the most iconic cities in any comic series, but lacks any focus in doing so. In the show’s attempt to lend credence and depth to every aspect of Gotham, it ends up giving us only a shallow look at each.Sometimes it’s a show about Jim Gordon acting as the only moral man in an immoral city. Other times it’s about Bruce Wayne dealing with his grief with creepy drawing and yelling at his butler. Then we’ll cut to maneuvering and shifting within the crime universe that often has no bearing on what’s happening in our other plot points. Simply put, too much is happening in too many places.Without the great unifier that Batman (or any superhero in a comic story) represents, the pieces of the plot are held together with popsicle sticks and Elmer’s glue. Imagine a Metropolis show without Superman. Or even a Starling City tale told without the Green Arrow. Taking the main protagonist out of a mythos and hoping it still holds water is, at its core, a losing battle. Moving forward, Gotham will either have to own this and improve in spite of it, or let that be its eventual downfall.
Smile! The Joker to debut on Fox's 'Gotham' this season......The laughing lunatic will join the collection of villains already introduced on the show. Will his origin story involve a meteorite and immortality?
If you've been watching the Batman prequel "Gotham" on Fox this season, by now you'll be pretty familiar with its formula of introducing "Dark Knight" villains. There's Edward Nygma with his odd behaviors and -- get it? -- riddles. There's Selina Kyle who creeps over the rooftops of Gotham in a very, ahem, cat-like manner. And there's Oswald Cobblepot, whose strange walk and even stranger hairdo have already earned him the title of the Penguin.Now, Executive Producer Bruno Heller tells that this season will also see the introduction of the baddest villain to ever get a Bat-beatdown: the Joker.
Did Gotham Just Sneakily Introduce the Joker?!
Gotham just played a very sneaky joke on all of us...and we couldn't love it more!After teasing and hinting at the iconic DC Comics villain the Joker all season long in clever little Easter Eggs hidden throughout each episode, the Fox superhero origin series just flat-out introduced the maniacal baddie in the promo for next week's episode!That's right, in "The Blind Fortune Teller" airing on Monday, Feb. 16, fans will finally get to meet one of the all-time greatest villains to ever plague the streets of Gotham.
Jada Pinkett Smith Says She’s Leaving ‘Gotham’ After Season 1

Gotham” star Jada Pinkett Smith has said that she won’t be returning to the hit Fox show for its second season. The actress appeared on “Live With Kelly and Michael” on Friday morning and, when asked if she would be back for the previously announced second season, said: “I don’t think so, no. I signed for a year, and the year is up.
Jada Pinkett Smith Says She’s Leaving ‘Gotham’ After Season 1

Gotham” star Jada Pinkett Smith has said that she won’t be returning to the hit Fox show for its second season. The actress appeared on “Live With Kelly and Michael” on Friday morning and, when asked if she would be back for the previously announced second season, said: “I don’t think so, no. I signed for a year, and the year is up.

BEST news I've heard all week! I can't stand her, and I hope it's the Penguin that takes her out...
Jada Pinkett Smith Leaving Gotham
Jada Pinkett Smith is cutting bait.The actress is leaving Gotham and her role as Falcone crime family lieutenant Fish Mooney at the end of the season.“We’re done, I did my year and I had a good time,” she tells Extra, adding that Fish will go out with a bang. “The show is gonna [have] an awesome finale.”Smith’s character loomed large during the first half of Gotham’s freshman run. But as of late, ever since running afoul of the Don, the affected villainess has been relegated to a standalone story based out of a dank basement repository filled with non-elective organ donors.Most recently, in establishing a rebellion against her captors, she used a spoon to carve out her own left eyeball — which was promptly replaced by Dr. Dulmacher with a mismatched orb.“I’ve always been a comic book fan so it was definitely a dream to be able to participate in an origin story of Batman with an original character,” marveled the actress. “Who would of thought in a million years that I would have the opportunity to do that?”Fox renewed Gotham for a second season back in January.
‘Gotham’ Featurette: The Future of Edward Nygma
From the very beginning Fox’s Gotham has been teasing and including the origins of several iconic characters from DC Comics. Whether it be the inclusion of Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman from the show’s first frame or the reveal of The Joker a few weeks ago, the series has both been successful with the retellings of these characters – and has also failed at it. However, it seems like the show has begun to correct the ship these past few months into what many were hoping it would be from the start.
One character that has had a supporting role in the series since it began has been Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) – or as comic fans will know him, the man who becomes the iconic Batman villain, The Riddler. While the character’s screen time has varied with each episode – he’s had a strong presence in the background from the very beginning.
Gotham Season 1 Finale Review: Not With a Bang...
Thomas Wayne had a batcave. Selina Kyle and Fish Mooney have suddenly started taking fashion cues from Mad Max. Carmine Falcone just decided, "Nah, no more gangsta life for me." When Gotham is great, it's really great, and I have plenty of confidence in the next season's ability to deliver, but OMG, "All Happy Families Are Alike" was a hot mess.And, strangely enough, a boring hot mess. How much time did our intrepid heroes spend just standing around talking to whichever villain-of-the-moment had them tied to meat hooks? A lot.
Gotham Promotes Morena Baccarin to Series Regular in Season 2
The doctor is not only in, she’s staying and getting a promotion!Gotham has formally upgraded Morena Baccarin to a series regular ahead of the show’s upcoming second season, TVLine has learned exclusively.The Homeland alumna joined Fox’s Batman origin story in January in the the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a love interest for Ben McKenzie’s James Gordon. The recurring gig included a Season 2 series-regular option, which the show has now decided to exercise.
Gotham Is Signing On 2 Key Villains In Season 2
On Gotham, Bruce Wayne is still years away from becoming Batman, but the titular city’s criminals aren’t waiting for the caped vigilante to rise to begin their crime careers. From main characters like Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin) and Edward Nygma (Riddler) to more minor players like Jack Buchinsky (The Electrocutioner) and Victor Zsasz, viewers saw many of Batman’s future adversaries either already as villains or just getting started. With the show returning for Season 2, more names will be joining the lineup later this year, and two of these newcomers won’t be lacking for good looks.According to TV Line, one of the villainous faces that will be appearing next season on Gotham is an “intelligent, cultured and highly articulate” man who is extremely handsome, but hides how dangerous he is with seductive charm. The other evildoer will be a female in her mid-to-late 20s who is described as a “sexy knock-out.” No other details were provided, but assuming these aren’t just original characters like Fish Mooney, we can likely expect them to be faces from Batman’s long list of criminals he’s faced over the decades.
A Gotham Fan Favorite Will Appear In Way More Season 2 Episodes
In its first season, Gotham offered up a seemingly neverending line of characters to take part in the over-the-top drama and action, and while many of them only stuck around for an episode or two – I’ll never stop chuckling at The Balloonman – many were there for the long haul as Gotham City’s underworld started gathering ground. Now we know that one of those temporary characters will be around a lot more, as Harvey Dent portrayer Nicholas D’Agosto has been upgraded to a series regular for Season 2. No need to flip a coin to tell whether we’re happy about this or not.
Gotham Season 2 Set Photos Feature A Young Joker
It’s already been revealed that Gotham‘s second season will feature the origin story of the Joker, and now the future Clown Prince of Crime has been spotted on set. Shameless actor Cameron Monaghan played a circus kid named Jerome in season one, and he’s returning in season two to continue his transformation into the famous Batman nemesis.The new set pics show Monaghan in a prison jumpsuit/straight jacket, seemingly escaping or hijacking a school bus. Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon doesn’t appear to be far behind, though the bloody face implies that he doesn’t make it out unscathed.
Gotham Cast, EP: Season 2 Is 'What the Show Should Have Been All Along'
Disregard, for a moment, the bleak fact that The Penguin is running the city: Gotham‘s upcoming second season is going to be a treat for fans of the Batman universe, according to star Ben McKenzie.“In a way, I think we’re sort of getting to what the show should have been all along,” he said during a stop by TVLine’s Comic-Con interview suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, describing the season’s storytelling as “epic” and hinting that Robin Lord Taylor’s alter ego should watch his waddling back.“Mr. Cobblepot is the king of Gotham at the moment, but it’s a contentious situation. He’s got to vie for that constantly,” McKenzie added.
Gotham Season 2 Promo Teases a 'New Era' With Riddler, Tigress, Joker
A new promo for Gotham Season 2 ominously promises a “new era” for the titular metropolis — one rife with villains both familiar and new.In the 30-second teaser, which is set to a haunting cover of “Hungry Like the Wolf,” you glimpse new faces such as Tabitha Galavan aka Tigress (played by Gracepoint‘s Jessica Lucas) and her big brother Theo (True Blood‘s James Frain), as well as familiar fiends Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Edward “On the Road to Riddler” Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), Victor Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan) and Jerome aka a would-be Joker (Shameless‘ Cameron Monaghan).Add in Emmy winner Michael Chiklis (The Shield) as the new GCPD captain, and you have the makings of a richly cast, promising sophomore run.Will you be tuning in for Gotham Season 2 (premiering Sept. 21)?
Gotham First Look: Season 2 Poster Teases 'Rise of the Villains'
Jim Gordon might take up the most real estate on Gotham‘s official Season 2 poster, but that doesn’t mean he’s the focus of the Fox drama’s key art.Rather, the image — which you can view in full below — highlights the baddies who will run the city in Gotham‘s sophomore season. Sure, The Penguin makes an appearance, but there are also a few new faces, among them Jessica Lucas (Gracepoint) as Tigress and James Frain (Orphan Black) as Theo Galavan.The poster seems to have pulled its “Rise of the Villains” tagline straight from showrunner Bruno Heller’s mouth; Heller said at Comic-Con that Season 2 will focus on those who send Gotham on a “decline into chaos.”Added star Ben McKenzie: “As the villains rise, there’s an arms race, and the good guys have to increase their force, as well. There’ll be new heroes introduced.”Gotham returns Monday, Sept. 21, at 8/7c. Scroll down to view the full poster, then hit the comments with your thoughts.
Watch The Joker And More Cause Havoc In Gotham Season 2
Gotham Season 1 threw a lot at Jim Gordon and the other protagonists, and while they survived those events, things aren’t going to get better in Season 2. Batman may not be on the scene yet, but his future adversaries are already getting started wreaking havoc across Gotham City, as seen in this new, chaotic preview.The 30-second promo for Gotham’s sophomore season relegates Jim and the other good guys to the side in favor of spotlighting the rise of the villains. Headlining the act is the cackling Jerome, a.k.a. the future Joker—or so we’re led to believe. In the preview, he and several other prisoners have broken free of their straightjackets and escaped Arkham Asylum with the help of Tabitha Galavan. That would be bad enough on its own, but Jerome later gets ahold of a police officer’s uniform and is causing a ruckus at the police department. Don’t worry, though. As Jerome exclaims over security footage, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” The psychopathic teenager’s demeanor may freak out most people, but Season 2 main antagonist Theo Galavan approves of his maniacal laugh, suggesting that he “use that.”
GOTHAM | Villains Rising......The villains will rise in season 2 of GOTHAM. Season Premiere MON SEPT 21 on FOX!......

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