The stage is being set for season 2 of Gotham to come back in a big way, with more iconic villains and a more pressing need for Batman! Season one contained mostly foundation work, and now that it’s set, it’s show time to meet some of these DC comic baddies. FOX’s official season 2 synopsis hypes up how things will heat up:
“The stakes are higher than ever as Gotham explores the origin stories of some of the most ambitious and depraved Super Villains, including The Riddler, The Joker and Mr. Freeze, and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) uncovers more secrets from his father’s past.”
Danny Cannon, executive producer of Gotham, spoke to TV Guide this week about a new villainous presence turning up in Gotham City: Theo Galavan, played by James Frain. Cannon teased that Frain’s character will be “origins of a very famous DC villain,” and went on to elaborate:
“Theo Galavan arrives in Gotham as a prodigal son returning, He comes from a very wealthy family with ancient roots in the building and foundation of Gotham. It takes a while for us to understand why he came back to Gotham and what his plan is, but it’s an insidious one, obviously. He’s a little bit like the Great Gatsby and Dracula coming to town with money and influence and charm and trying to bend to Gotham to serve him.”
Theo will be accompanied by his sinister sister, Tabitha Galavan (played by Jessica Lucas), also known as Tigress. Tigress burst on the DC villain scene in the 1930’s, with 3 different people taking up the mantle. None of these incarnations, however, were called Tabitha Glavan; so her presence doesn’t shed any light on who this new villain could be. She has been described by Deadline as a “Billionaire industrialist”, and having a “centuries-old vendetta.”
Now: on to the theories of who Theo Galavan could evolve into. TV Guide’s got their money on Ra’s al Ghul, which has its merits and demerits. On one hand, Ra’s al Ghul has a long history of showing up to cause trouble in Batman’s world- in movies, cartoons, and television. On the other hand, he’s already a major player over on the CW’s Arrow. Not only would this cause brand confusion, but it would also stifle Gotham’s options for creative originality.
The second contender for this villain-to-be is Vandal Savage. Savage was introduced to the DC Universe as a supervillain back in 1944 in the Green Lantern #10 comic. This theory works in that Savage is very much a billionaire industrialist, more so than Ra’s al Ghul. There are faults here too, however, since news has already broke that Savage will appear in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow series. It seems Warner Bros. has quite the nemesis lineup!
So who do you think Theo Galavan will become? Fans shouldn’t speculate too obscurely on this one; it seems if we’ve gotten any clues at all, it’s that this foe a will be fairly recognizable one.
Season 2 of Gotham premiers September 21st on FOX.