The Fox series Gotham is a source of much inner friction amongst Batman fans. On the one hand, it’s impeccably produced on a technical level, it’s about Batman-related characters, and it features a couple of pretty decent performances. But it’s also messy. So, so messy. It’s a vexing thing because it does all the things we hate that prequels do, like drawing too many straight lines between different characters and supposing that those characters were fully formed or near fully formed versions of themselves years before they’re supposed to be. But still, Gotham will be back for season three.
It may be a move that leaves fans confused, but the numbers don’t lie. In all, Gotham averages nine million weekly viewers across multiple platforms, which is a pretty good piece of the TV pie, and easily makes it one of Fox’s most-watched shows, which is likely the primary reason it’s going to be back for a third season. What does Fox Entertainment President David Madden have to say on the subject? Here’s his statement from the Fox press release.
“It takes a very special team to tell the tales of ‘Gotham.’ For the past two seasons, Bruno [Heller], Danny [Cannon] and John [Stephens] have masterfully honored the mythology of ‘Gotham’ and brought it to life with depth, emotion and memorable high drama. This incredibly talented cast has redefined these iconic characters for a new generation, and we couldn’t be more proud of this show.”
Of course the way Gotham is burning through Batman characters, season three will likely be about revealing the origins of Egghead, King Tut, and a two-parter that will reveal an eventful trip of Jason Todd’s parents to Gotham City. Also look for more dead end Joker Easter eggs, the inner struggle of Jim Gordon’s good cop and bad cop, and more sarcasm from Harvey Bullock.
Gotham airs Monday nights at 8 pm on Fox.