Gotham producer promises 'spectacular villains' will rise, teases Bat-cave reveal

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May 5, 2015, 5:57 PM EDT

The first season of Fox's Gotham is in the books. It's been a wild, weird ride. To say the least. So what's coming next?

Spoilers ahead for the first season of Gotham!

Executive producer Bruno Heller chatted with Deadline about the conclusion of the first season, which saw Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) take a major step into becoming a mob leader, and also offered up our first tantalizing glimpse at the pre-Batcave. Though the season has seemed to meander at times, looking at the year as a whole actually does offer up some narrative threading. Well, kinda.

Heller noted that the first season, with all its Falcone-Maroni rivalry battles between different factions, was basically just a precursor to prepare the universe for the addition of more supervillains. Yes, we've already glimpsed some creative baddies from the comic canon, but it sounds like that was just the appetizer. Here's an excerpt from Heller's comments:

"Mobsters were the first stage of Gotham's criminal history. They gradually die out and have their places taken by the more spectacular villains. [But, running Gotham,] that's a very specific job description."

So, can Penguin actually ascend to the throne? According to Heller, "That's the big question" they'll aim to answer in season two. He also teased Edward Nygma will be "a larger, more villainous character" in season two, which makes sense considering his arc in the back half of the first season. Heller also promised they'll "answer a lot of questions about the Joker" raised this year, with the introduction of creepy character Jerome (Cameron Monaghan).

As for the other big reveal from the finale, Heller said they're definitely going somewhere with that secret door hidden in Thomas Wayne's office. Though he wouldn't go so far as to calling it the Bat-cave (It's "Dad's office" at the moment), Heller did say Bruce will learn his parents' lives weren't quite as simple as he might've originally believed:

"[H]e'll learn that his parents are more complicated than he imagined. When you're a young kid, parents tend to be either heroes or villains; mostly heroes. It's hard to imagine just before Bruce's age when your parents can do no wrong. You can't imagine them having secret lives.  Bruce will learn that his father was a complex, tortured person, but also heroic. His father was leading a double life and this leads to the creation of an alter ego. It's hard for anyone to present the fullness of themselves  to the general public. If you have dark secrets to keep, you have to create an alter ego. That is the essence of what the Batcave means."

The second season of Gotham is set to debut next season on Fox. What'd you think of the first year?

(Via Deadline)