Gotham to introduce two more classic Batman villains

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Jan 17, 2020, 1:51 PM EST (Updated)

The first season of Gotham will not only see the introduction of yet another classic Batman supervillain; it'll also add another Big Bad who recently appeared as an Arkham games villain to its already busy roster.

Gotham’s showrunner, Bruno Heller, confirmed that Harvey Dent will be heading to Gotham City in the first season of Fox’s Batman TV prequel.

Here’s what Heller told IGN:

“We're playing Harvey Dent slightly older. He's more Gordon's age in this telling. One of the things to avoid in order not to tell a high school story -- which would be great, but it''s a different show on a different network at a different time that I would not be a part of. But he will go back to school and villains will be part of that world.”

Not only will Dent -- who will later become Dark Knight nemesis Two-Face -- appear on Gotham, but so will Professor Hugo Strange, another classic supervillain who will also be familiar to videogame players: The character showed up in Batman: Arkham City. Strange is known for making monster men through psychological or chemical means. He later learned the Caped Crusader’s secret identity, which led Strange to become obsessed with Batman/Bruce Wayne.

“Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we're going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely. It's a Season One thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how is one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to -- you don't have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage -- but if you're telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, 'What the f***? Why don't you make that place a place people don't escape from?' We're going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that.”

Along with Two-Face, Gotham will also see the introduction of such classic Batman villains as Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), aka Catwoman, Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), aka the Riddler, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Taylor), aka the Penguin, and Ivy Pepper (NOT Pamela Isley as in the comics, played by Clare Foley), aka Poison Ivy, before they became the comic-book characters we all love to hate and hate to love.

Are you guys looking forward to seeing both Harvey Dent and Professor Hugo Strange on Fox’s Gotham, or do you think it’s getting a little too crowded? 

Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney. The series is set to premiere on Sept. 22.

(IGN via Digital Spy, IGN)