GOTHAM

Gor­don fights for the city’s soul in Gotha m sea­son two – and might just lose his own... Tara Ben­nett is in the shadow of the Bat

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Contents -

We talk to the crew be­hind the young Bat­man se­ries about how they’re evolv­ing for sea­son two.

The cit­i­zens of Gotham should in­crease their life in­sur­ance and dou­ble dead­bolt the doors – the leg­endary city’s crim­i­nal el­e­ment is hell- bent on let­ting chaos reign this year. Sea­son two of Bat­pre­quel Gotham sees fu­ture su­pervil­lains Oswald Cob­ble­pot and Ed­ward Nygma con­tin­u­ing their malev­o­lent as­cent – abet­ted by such new- yet- fa­mil­iar threats as Mr Freeze, Firefly and, pos­si­bly, a cer­tain clown prince of crime – while the forces of good, led by De­tec­tive Jim Gor­don, try to muster a united front against the ever grow­ing rogues’ gallery.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer John Stephens tells SFX that the bad guys have the up­per hand this year as new apex vil­lain Theo Gala­van ( James Frain) comes to play. “We have cre­ated a hi­er­ar­chy where there is one prin­ci­pal vil­lain whose story we watch over the course of the year as he in­ter­acts with all of our vil­lains and he­roes.” Gala­van is a bil­lion­aire in­dus­tri­al­ist with a spe­cific agenda and has a lethal en­forcer in the form of his sis­ter, Tabitha Gala­van ( Jes­sica Lu­cas), aka Tigress.

So where does that leave Oswald Cob­ble­pot, who we saw schem­ing and crawl­ing his way to the top of the crim­i­nal heap at the end of sea­son one? With a smile, Stephens of­fers, “One of the ways we love Cob­ble­pot – and what Robin [ Lord Tay­lor] plays so well – is when he is on top but then gets knocked down and is un­der some­one’s power for a while, like when he was con­niv­ing against both Fish and Fal­cone last year. So you’ll see him start the year as King of Gotham, but he gets knocked down and has to scram­ble through pain and real- world ob­sta­cles.”

Gala­van’s dark machi­na­tions will fire much of the sea­son’s story en­gine. And Stephens prom­ises this year’s run of ad­ven­tures will be more fo­cused and less pro­ce­dural than the first sea­son. “The show this year is fully se­ri­alised. We were find­ing our way last year and pin­point­ing what worked, iden­ti­fy­ing where the show was most alive and con­nect­ing with au­di­ences. This sea­son we are air­ing 11 straight [ episodes] in the fall and 11 straight in the spring, but we broke it out as one com­plete sea­son with one over­ar­ch­ing sto­ry­line which is de­fined by the emo­tional jour­neys of Gor­don and Bruce through­out the year. We’ll have a Firefly block or a Mr Freeze block but those sto­ries play into the over­ar­ch­ing saga story so noth­ing feels stand­alone this year.”

Jim Gor­don in par­tic­u­lar will be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing his own dark night of the soul af­ter his by- the- book ap­proach last year crashed and burned around him. In Com­mis­sioner Loeb’s black books for

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