If you are not caught up through the Season 2 finale, there are spoilers below.
We’ve all had our ups and downs with Gotham, which has titled its third season “Mad City.” It’s a show with clear ambitions, but its desire to parade comic book characters haphazardly through the series while also hanging on to the police aspect, given that their Bruce Wayne is just a kid, has often made it a frustrating watch.
New images from Mad City, though, reveal a few of the show’s upcoming changes. Some are narrative — like the two baby Bruce Waynes — and others are are cast-driven, like the return of Fish Mooney thanks to Doctor Strange’s experiments, as well as the new Poison Ivy, who is mysteriously aged up to a 28-year-old actress.
In his review of the Season 3 premiere, Chris Cabin says that the new season is dark and “intermittently promising,” but “where the visuals suggest a wild burlesque of the mad and blood-lusting criminals of Gotham, the writing goes for goofy quips and platitudes that keep the show just safe enough to be aggravating.”
Here’s the official synopsis for Season 3, with the new images below. Gotham, which returns Monday, September 19th on Fox, stars Ben McKenzie, Jamie Chung, David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Jessica Lucas, and many, many others.
Season Three will peel back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of The Owls. With the Indian Hill escapees on the loose, JIM GORDON (Ben McKenzie) must take matters into his own hands as a bounty hunter in Gotham. He makes it his mission to find HUGO STRANGE (guest star BD Wong), the mastermind behind the horrifying Indian Hill experiments, and FISH MOONEY (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith), one of Strange’s subjects. Meanwhile, GCPD Detective HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue) and Captain NATHANIEL BARNES (Michael Chiklis) remain at the forefront of the fight against crime in the monster-ridden city. Also, BRUCE WAYNE (David Mazouz), with the help of his trusted butler and mentor, ALFRED PENNYWORTH (Sean Pertwee), and former Wayne Enterprises employee, LUCIUS FOX (Chris Chalk), discovers there are still more secrets to uncover regarding his parents’ murders.
As the city sinks deeper into chaos, GOTHAM will continue to follow the evolving stories of the city’s most malevolent villains: THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor); EDWARD NYGMA/the future RIDDLER (Cory Michael Smith); SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (Camren Bicondova); BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards), TABITHA GALAVAN/TIGRESS (Jessica Lucas) and BUTCH GILZEAN (Drew Powell). The series also will catch up with the future POISON IVY (Maggie Geha), who, after an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill, finds herself reborn as a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms; and will dive into the origin stories of JERVIS TETCH/MAD HATTER (Benedict Samuel), a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness; and the TWEED BROTHERS.