One of the chief complaints that even fans of Gotham have about the show is the seeming desperation of its writers to cram in as many iconic Batman villains as possible. While we’ve seen certain villains work out rather exceptionally (Riddler and Penguin in particular), others have been less-than-stellar. Still, the need to keep bringing in more baddies is not something that will be subsiding anytime soon. In fact, according to producers of the show, we’ll be getting the chance to see at least three incredibly familiar faces as the show goes on – Harley, Killer Croc and Solomon Grundy.
While conducting a recent panel for the Television Critics Association, producers John Stephens and Ken Woodruff had a few words to say about how they want season 3 to pan out as well as what may be in store for season 4, should the show make it that far.
The first bit concerns the potential for Harley Quinn to arrive in the city of Gotham:
“We’ll be seeing a character, perhaps not this season, but in times to come, who can be a forerunner for Harley Quinn, which I think will be really exciting as well. That might just be writer talk for ‘we haven’t quite figured it out.’ It’s kind of like you see the first version of it, and you see how it comes from it after the fact.”
Hopefully they don’t plan on shoehorning the character in the same way they did with poor Poison Ivy. Just because you have a villain you want to use in the show doesn’t mean you need to use bad writing to achieve it.
Next up, they talked about the possibility of Killer Croc making his way onto the set:
“A lot of those characters, because they’re in Suicide Squad, we’re not going to be seeing them this season. We will be seeing proto-versions of some of those characters. We see them as sort of a proto-Killer Croc version. So if you see someone who has a scientific anomaly so their skin grows in a certain way, and someone says, ‘Oh, I’m going to take that’ and then grow Killer Croc from that in the future.”
And a bit about how they’re tying the season 2 work of Hugo Strange into the rise of all these more-than-human villain types:
“One of the things we wanted to accomplish with Indian Hill and with Hugo Strange’s work there was to, one, show that these skills, these powers were possible and that they existed in the world of Gotham. And, to really make the patients that came out of the Indian Hill the precursors of the inspiration for some of the more canonical characters that we see, [such as] Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy so that Indian Hill was the bridge to those villains, in other words.”
With the way they’ve worked Strange and The Court of Owls into the story of Gotham, the writers certainly have more than a few ways they can bring pretty much any character into the show. This is nice in that viewers may get to see some of their favorites, though one has to wonder at whether a bloated cast list is going hold up as it gets even more bloated.
And speaking of those who have already made an appearance on Gotham – whatever happened to that Joker thing they’ve got going on? Well, the producers had a few words to say about that as well:
“We really imagined developing the myth of the Joker at the same time we’re developing the myth of Batman. We really wanted to stretch over multiple seasons. So in the course of this year, we’re going to see how the cult of the Joker, which we started at the beginning of last year and we touched on in the middle of the year, is going to extend and deepen and change a little bit this year. You have these sort of underground movements that have started to talk about Jerome and what he represented and how he’s going to come back on the day, sort of like John the Baptist, et cetera. Setting the stage for, perhaps if there’s a Season 4 on FOX hopefully we’ll bring that back in a much bigger way, and you will see these different versions of the Joker myth that develop next year with Jerome and with other characters so that we can put those pieces together and go, ‘Oh, eventually that’s where the Joker himself came from.’”
So there you have it folks. More Gotham, more villains and, hopefully, more of the already established villains. Ya know, the ones that fans actually have an interest in seeing over and over. The ones that would bring in viewers regardless of whether or not Gotham introduces a new, iconic bad guy every three or four episodes…
What say thee, Nerd Readers? Is Gotham too busy with baddies for its own good? Or is it pretty much assumed at this point that the show is little more than an outlet for Batman fans to see characters in live-action who might otherwise never make it to a big-screen production?