Solomon Grundy was born on a Monday, but he’ll be debuting on Gotham Thursday, Oct. 19.
When it was revealed in the Season 3 finale that the mercurial mob enforcer Butch Gilzean’s real name was Cyrus Gold, it piqued the interest of longtime DC Comics readers who recognized it as the alter-ego of the DCU’s corporeal revenant rogue Solomon Grundy. Naturally, this raised questions about when fans should expect to see the zombified Grundy shuffle his way through the streets of Gotham, and according to co-executive producer Bryan Wynbrandt, the wait is nearly over.
“He is two episodes away,” Wynbrandt told ComicBook. “We’re really banking a lot on the Grundy [this season]. He comes in episode five.”
The episode, titled “A Dark Knight: The Blade’s Path,” will reintroduce Butch to the world of Gotham, not as the man he was before, or even as Cyrus Gold. As Wynbrandt explains, the man many characters already know as Butch Gilzean will fully embrace his new Solomon Grundy persona.
“It’s got that Frankenstein-esk story to it. We are different from the comics in which Grundy’s appearances came of Cyrus Gold character,” said Wynbrandt. “We have Butch Gilzean who at the end of last season, we teased that his first name was Cyrus Gold which was obviously a nod to Grundy. Cyrus Gold has a cannon of its own that’s different from Gilzean. We really were looking at this as Butch Gilzean becoming Grundy. What’s great is now that Grundy’s back in the world, there are people who know him as Butch Gilzean. There’s a very interesting dynamic to play when he crosses with our core characters and they don’t know that he’s this new character, this new canonical villain.”
In addition to Grundy, fans can also expect the return of another familiar face. In August, executive producer John Stephens revealed that Grundy’s first interaction in his new form would be with The Riddler, who presumably won’t be a mere ice sculpture much longer. As Stephens explained, “We begin the story of a very unlikely friendship between these two who are sworn enemies but now, all of a sudden in Season 4, are best friends as they move through Gotham.”
Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Cameron Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.
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