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
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