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Will these classic Bat- foes menace Gotham?
Given his childhood was spent incarcerated in a Caribbean hellhole, it ’s hard to imagine how this jacked- up bruiser could cross paths with the young Bruce. Maybe Wayne visits him on a philanthropic trip to Pena Duro prison?
Boffin-turned- beast Kirk Langstrom may be a tad too weirdsville for Gotham – and face it, Boy- Bat is hardly a name to strike fear into the soul… But what if Bruce encounters him as a young research student?
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Arrow’s already staked a claim to the leader of the League of Assassins, but there’s potential in using him as the Dark Alfred, a shadowy, all- too- persuasive father figure for Bruce.
Tipped to appear in season two, we can see the young Jervis Tetch as a hat- obssessed scenester, running a Lewis Carroll-themed coffee bar in Gotham’s boho district. Maybe one too many cracks about his hipster headwear turns him to a life of crime.
Also rumoured to pop up this year, the original Clayface was a horror movie icon driven criminally insane when he heard they were remaking the classic chiller he’d starred in. Someone needs to cast Robert Englund in this role immediately.
ourselves that this is not just a 14- year- old boy, but the boy who will become Batman. So we can put him in these situations where he can act more heroically and more courageously and the audience goes with you because the audience knows the end point.” Stephens adds that Alfred and Lucius Fox will also be a lot more active as they assume field roles.
While Jada Pinkett Smith’s exit last year saw the series lose the seemingly crucial character of underworld queen Fish Mooney, Stephens says they are proud of the addition of several strong female characters to the ensemble. For Bruce, Silver St Cloud ( Natalie Alyn Lind) will represent the young man’s first possible romance – and so much more.
“She comes in as the niece of Theo Galavan. That story is about the choices that Bruce will end up having to make as Batman. At the end of the day, he’s choosing a certain life and that means saying no to all things normal. Silver will represent the possibility of this shining, normal life he could have. But then we discover she is not the person she initially appears to be. You can play against the dualities and ask, ‘ Is the real person the one with the mask or the person under the mask?’ Bruce is put in a position where he has to ask who he trusts.”
Gotham’s second season will also bring us the DC character Firefly, played by actress Michelle Veintimilla – a surprise for fans of the comic book canon. “Firefly was always a male character,” Stephens explains, “so we gender switched it and took it back to a proto- Firefly where the origins of that character would come out. The initial conception [ of the character] was almost as a Victorian matchstick girl. She was held prisoner by her family and has zero sense of agency. But she is a childhood friend of Selina Kyle, who is all choice, all agency and all personal power. Selina doesn’t let anybody have any hold on her, even to the point of pushing away friendship from Bruce, because that would imply obligation. So Selina guides this young girl to become Firefly and embrace her own power, which of course goes out of control at some point.”
And then, of course, there’s Jerome, the rictus- grinning carnie worker played by Cameron Monaghan, first encountered in season one’s “The Blind Fortune Teller” – surely a shoe- in for the future Joker? Stephens remains tight- lipped on this particular plot twist. But that may just be homicidal laughter we hear in the distance...
Heading back to the writers’ room, Stephens is clearly excited for fans to see what awaits the city of the Bat. “We’re all proud of it,” he shares, as darkness starts to fall upon Jim Gordon’s city. There goes the neighbourhood…
Gotham is now airing on Fox in the US, and will come to Channel 5 in the UK in 2016.
Young Bruce discovers a cave like no other. Selina Kyle will be on mentoring Firefly duty. Are we sensing a purple vibe here? Don’t try and out- stare Captain Nathaniel Barnes.