Gotham is heading into its second season and it looks like audiences can expect a few changes this time around. In addition to introducing new heroes and villains, the Fox series, starring Ben McKenzie as Detective Jim Gordon, will take a different approach to how it tells its story.
While details of the plot of season two are being kept under wraps, but we do know that things pick up just moments after a young Bruce Wayne discovers a cave full of bats in the season finale. The show will then jump ahead a few months to find Gotham under the rule of the evil Penguin (Robin Taylor). Here’s what else fans can expect in the coming season:
1. The show will become much more serialized
The freshman season of Gotham took a procedural approach, introducing a new villain every week and then putting the character behind bars by the end of the episode. It’s a format that audiences seemed to tire of quickly, which is why the show is looking to switch things up in season two. As McKenzie recently told EW, “I think we made a mistake relatively early on in trying to introduce a villain and take care of that villain in one episode: catch them, send them to Arkham, do whatever. That was just a mistake. We should’ve never done it.”
Going into its sophomore season, Gotham will allow viewers to get to know all of the characters better, villainous or otherwise. McKenzie hopes that foundational shift will give fans more of what they were initially looking for. “The audience really wants to understand who these people are and live with them, sit with them and enjoy them,” the actor explained. “Whether they’re evil or good, they are entertaining. So that’s what we’re doing in season two. [It’s] really kick ass. I think it’s exactly what the fans want to see.”
2. Several major new characters will come to town – mostly villains
As revealed earlier this summer, Michael Chiklis has signed on to the second season of Gotham as a series regular and will play Captain Nathaniel Barnes. Described as a “law and order zealot,” Barnes “lands on the GCPD like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force.” The character will reportedly act as both a hero and a mentor to McKenzie’s Gordon and “someone with whom he can share the burden of heroism.”
Barnes and Gordon will have their work cut out for them, as there’s a plethora of new villains set to stir up trouble in Gotham during the coming season. As confirmed in April, the show will explore the backstories of enemies Clayface and Mad Hatter. Antagonists Theo Galavan (played by James Frain) and his sister Tigress (Jessica Lucas) will show up, as will Theo’s niece, the morally questionable Silver St. Cloud. The iconic Mr. Freeze is also expected to make his debut.
3. The rise of the Joker
Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome, the apparent heir to the Joker’s throne, showed up in Gotham‘s freshman season, but the character is expected to play a much bigger role in season two.”The beginning of Season 2 is a big Joker-oriented, or ‘how The Joker came to be’ kind of story,” showrunner Bruno Heller said earlier this year. “The beginning of Season 2 is the very earliest origins of how The Joker came to be.”
The character’s growing importance was confirmed in a recent sneak peek for the series, in which Jerome is seen bonding with other villains in Arkham, including the newest resident: Gordon’s ex-fiance, Barbara.
Gotham returns to Fox on Monday, September 21 at 8 p.m. ET.