GOTHAM

The Mad Hat­ter hits town…

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - 2016 Tv Preview - Tara Ben­nett

SEA­SON 3 US BROAD­CAST Fox from 19 Septem­ber UK BROAD­CAST Chan­nel 5, TBC

re­turn­ing SHOW! Gotham

con­tin­ues to ex­pand its match­less rogues’ gallery in its third sea­son. ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Danny Can­non tells SFX that the il­lu­mi­nati-style Court of Owls will show its sin­is­ter hand with the ad­di­tion of new bad guy, the Mad Hat­ter.

“We’re very lucky that no­body re­ally went back and did an ori­gin story for Mad Hat­ter, and so we get to touch on that,” Can­non says of their treat­ment of the clas­sic comic book char­ac­ter. “Pen­guin (robin Lord taylor) is go­ing to try and dip his foot into the po­lit­i­cal pool this year. His re­la­tion­ship with nygma (Cory Michael Smith) got close, so there was an un­der­stand­ing those two had. While that’s go­ing on, we needed a new vil­lain, not part of the struc­ture and chaos that gotham knows, so Hat­ter comes to town un­der the ruse of some­thing else.

“His ne­far­i­ous plan is hor­rific com­pared to every­body else,” Can­non adds. “We learn where he came from, why he came from, what he’s look­ing for in gotham and how he in­tends to get it. the dam­age he does along the way is cat­a­strophic.”

Carter prom­ises a Bat­cave’s worth of twists and re­veals. “We get to touch upon a rel­a­tive of Vicki Vale. And we get to cre­ate a brand new vil­lain from within this cast that is ter­ri­fy­ing. it’s very much of the DC World but it’s com­ing from us, like Fish Mooney was.”

And look for a new ac­tor tak­ing over the role of or­phan ivy Pep­per. Mag­gie geha will play the girl des­tined to be­come botan­i­cal Bat-vil­lain Poi­son ivy. “We get to con­tinue on our path of ivy and where her mind­set came from,” Can­non teases.

Pen­guin: the new Churchill?

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