During an interview with TV Guide, "Gotham" executive producer Danny Cannon revealed that James Frain's Theo Galavan is the "origins of a very famous DC villain" who often relies on other villains to help him achieve his goals.
"This season is about how one man will unleash and empower the villains and make them understand that they are more powerful than the people fighting against them," Cannon explained. "They are the pioneers for Gotham. They are the ones who will change things because with chaos and destruction is the only way you can build. You can't rebuild a city without first destroying it."
As the article points out, that last phrase sounds an awful lot like a scene from Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins," in which Ra's al Ghul explains that Gotham must be destroyed in order to be saved.
Newly arrived to the troubled city, Galavan will at first seem like a savior: altruistic and charming. Beneath that facade lies a sinister centuries-old vendetta, however, and he and his sister Tabitha plan on creating some chaos in the streets of Gotham.