Gotham will roll out more classic Bat-villains in Season 3

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May 23, 2016

If you like what you've seen of the Batman rogues gallery on Gotham so far, there's plenty more on the way.

Whether you enjoy the series or not (and I've come to embrace it for its sheer insanity), you have to admit that Gotham has been unapologetic about introducing as many of Batman's enemies into its two seasons as possible, ranging from versions of classic supervillains like Penguin, Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, Hugo Strange and Clayface to more modern evildoers like Azrael, Firefly and possibly the Court of Owls. Executive producer John Stephens told Comic Book Resources a bit about the plans for the show's third season:

“We’ll be seeing Mad Hatter in Season 3. We’ll be seeing the Tweedle Brothers, too, if we’re going to bring the Hatter in. In line with the Court of Owls, we’ll be seeing Talon. And, we should be seeing Solomon Grundy.”

Once again the show looks set to feature a mix of older and newer bad guys. Despite their having been just recently teased, it seems as if the Court of Owls and their lethal assassin Talon will be a full-fledged part of the action next year. But while the Court only came on the scene in 2011 in the comics, the other villains Stephens mentioned all have an extensive history with the Bat.

The Mad Hatter, a.k.a. Jervis Tetch, made his first appearance in the comics in 1948, while the corpulent Tweedle Brothers, enforcers known as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, go back even further to 1943. They've worked with the Hatter on several occasions (seeing as they're all named after Alice in Wonderland characters), so it makes sense for them to show up now. Meanwhile, the incredibly strong and very undead Solomon Grundy was originally a Green Lantern nemesis when he first turned up in 1944, but has since joined the Bat's rogues gallery as well. Given Hugo Strange's experiments in reanimation this season, Grundy seems like a natural.

Of course, folks like Penguin and Edward Nygma (well on his way to Riddler-hood) will be back for more mayhem, and we have yet to see a true Joker, a take on Black Mask or witness Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face, so there's plenty of material for Gotham to mine. The season finale airs tonight on Fox -- have you stuck with the show and will you tune in to see next year's crop of villains?

(via Collider)

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