A third season is coming for Gotham, the Fox drama series that serves as something of a loose prequel to the Batman mythology, revolving around the early career of Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he investigates criminal activity in the iconic city. Last month, TV Line reported on a new character that would be added to the series for Season 3:
There’s also the recurring role of an ambitious young journalist named “Valerie” — which we’d like to think is casting-call code for Vicki Vale, though her late-20s age range makes her markedly older than Master Bruce.
Turns out their prediction was correct, as the outlet has now confirmed that Vicki Vale will indeed join the cast of Gotham. The character has been a mainstay in the Batman comics for years, often featured as an on-again, off-again love interest for Bruce Wayne. She was also featured in the Batman: Arkham Knight video game, but is probably most well-known from her appearance in Tim Burton’s original Batman film in 1989, where she was portrayed by Kim Basinger.
But Vale won’t be the only new addition to the cast, as a pair of new villains will also be joining the fray (as if the show wasn’t already overstuffed with too many characters). These two new roles – rumored to be series regulars – will include a mysterious figure who “learns people’s secrets and manipulates them to do his bidding” and a young villainess “who uses her sexuality to entrap men.”
That first description sounds a lot like The Mad Hatter, who has long been rumored to be coming to Gotham, but I’m admittedly stumped on the second character. It’s always possible that the series could introduce an original villain, much like they did with Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) in the first season, so this doesn’t necessarily have to be someone from the existing source material.
Admittedly, I’m not up to date on Gotham – I managed to finish the first season, but couldn’t motivate myself to keep watching beyond that point. As a lifelong Batman fan, watching the show take numerous liberties with the source material just drove me crazy. I love some of the casting choices – particularly Donal Logue as Bullock and Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin – but the show’s inability to commit to a consistent tone was another major sticking point.
For those of you who are still watching – is it worth the effort? Are you enjoying it? Does it get better?
Gotham returns for Season 2 this fall, exclusively on Fox.
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