“Gotham” is returning to Fox and, judging from its latest trailer, so are a whole heap of villains and antagonists.
There’s the unorthodox experimenter Hugo Strange (BD Wong) and his one-time test subject Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), former GCPD chief Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis), now reborn as the murderous vigilante The Executioner, future Catwoman Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) and a whole lot more besides.
However, the focus of the show’s first episode back is Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), who, according to the official synopsis, is finally and formally adopting his villainous identity in “How the Riddler got his Name.”
Nygma convinces himself that he doesn’t need Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) to succeed and begins to introduce himself to Gotham as “The Riddler.” Bullock (Donal Logue) and Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) get caught up in Nygma’s mind games, Gordon (Ben McKenzie) learns troubling news about his father’s death and the Court of Owls reveals its next move.
Fortunately, it isn’t just the villains who are making progress on the show: “Gotham’s” new subtitle insists that “Heroes Rise” too and young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is set to make significant progress towards adopting his role as the city’s protector in the coming weeks as he discovers that the man pulling the strings behind the Court of Owls is the none other than Ra’s Al Ghul (guest star Alexander Siddig).
Behind the scenes, actor Ben McKenzie is also set for an elevated role of sorts as he takes on directing duties for the episode airing Monday, May 1, entitled “These Delicate and Dark Obsessions”.
Set in Batman’s home city back before the Dark Knight Detective started his nocturnal patrols, “Gotham” also stars Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Morena Baccarin as Leslie Tompkins. The show resumes its third season on Monday, April 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.