Today Fox announced the synopsis of "Gotham" season three's premiere episode and its title. Just like season two -- which episodes were titled "Rise of the Villains" and "Wrath of the Villains," -- season three will begin every episode with the tag line "Mad City." While Gotham's decent into madness could be the reason for the new tag line, it could also refer to the impending arrival of the Mad Hatter.
The premiere episode, titled "Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell," will establish Gordon's role as Gotham's new bounty hunter. It will also shed some light on the whereabouts of Bruce's doppelganger and a new club called The Sirens. The phrase "Better to Reign in Hell" comes from the book "Paradise Lost," with the full quote being, "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven."
IT’S A MAD CITY ON THE ALL-NEW SEASON THREE PREMIERE OF “GOTHAM” MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, ON FOX
Gordon works in a monster-ridden Gotham as a bounty hunter and seeks to find answers about the Indian Hill escapees, and why their powers appear to be killing them. Meanwhile, Bruce’s doppelganger roams the streets, and Barbara and Tabitha open a new nightclub called The Sirens in the all-new “Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell…” Season Premiere episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Sept. 19 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-301) (TV-14; L, V)
Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes
Guest Cast: Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Jamie Chung as Valerie Vale, James Carpinello as Mario, Tonya Pinkins as Ethel Peabody, Richard Kind as Mayor Aubrey James, Clare Foley as Ivy Pepper.
In the official season three poster, Jim Gordon is holding a snow globe. Inside the snow globe is Fish, Selina, Edward, Oswald, Butch and more. While season two was mainly about "Gotham's" villains, this poster clearly shows that Gordon's struggles and possible madness will be front and center this season. Does everyone's fate somehow rest in his hands?
"Gotham" season three premieres Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. on Fox.