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IGN have today relayed a handful of insightful narrative-centric details which were conveyed to the WonderCon 2015 audience regarding the second season of Fox's detective drama Gotham.
Based increasingly loosely on DC's Batman comic-book mythology, the series depicts the struggle of one Detective James Gordon to unmask the man behind the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne before breaking the corruption at the heart of his police force by quelling a brewing crime war between two crime bosses - Carmine Falcone and Don Maroni - whose vengeful vendettas could otherwise tear Gotham apart before its soon-to-be infamous Dark Knight even has the chance to emerge.
Despite some optimistic members of the series' fan-base assuming in its early days that the aforementioned Caped Crusader known only as Batman would step in to assist Gordon in his efforts by Season One's denouement, thus bringing the programme some admittedly much-needed closure sooner rather than later, Fox commissioned a full second run earlier this year and in doing so heavily suggested that they're hoping for the GCPD to remain on our screens for some time yet. Regardless of our scepticism surrounding whether the show's producers can continue to create inspired story-lines for the rest of the run (let alone for 22 further episodes later this year), thanks to IGN, we've now received a relatively succinct overview of which members of the World's Greatest Detective's rogues gallery fans should expect to see plague Gordon and Bullock in the coming months:
- HUGO STRANGE - Originally introduced to the world in a 1940 issue of Detective Comics, this dangerously analytical professor of science and psychology will most likely be best known to On-Screen readers for his substantial presence in Batman: Arkham City's storyline, not to mention his acquisition of the secret which could have disgraced the Dark Knight had City played out differently: his true identity of Bruce Wayne. However Gordon and Strange's initial confrontation develops, one thing's for sure - the ramifications for the former party could be endless at best...
- TOMMY ELLIOT - The identity-shifting supervillain later known to the residents of Gotham City as Hush once went by the name Tommy Elliot, but of more significance was his sustained (albeit tense) friendship with Bruce Wayne in his early years. Expect the introduction of one of Batman's most persistent adversaries to have a similarly transformative impact on the last remaining Wayne's superheroic career to Strange's début in the lives of the GCPD team.
- CLAYFACE & THE MAD HATTER - Both of these classic antagonists were inspired by their respective connections to the realms of theatricality and fantasy to such an extent that they came close to insanity as a result, yet as ever, those viewers predicting that such a metamorphosis will occur instantaneously in Season Two might be in for a shock, since odds are that the production team will play the long game - to say the very least - in this respect.
- MR. FREEZE - One can only hope that Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his infamous Batman & Robin role as a tragic scientist whose campaign to cure his mortally-diseased wife takes a turn for the explosive next year, but failing that, we'd wager that whoever takes on the persona of Victor Fries will have the rather rare honour of serving as the central antagonist - or at least one of them - of Gotham's sophomore run.
- Last but by no means least, on top of these character reveals, the execs present at the programme's WonderCon panel confirmed that Bruce would begin to show signs of the brash celebrity-esque façade he takes on in his day-to-day life so as to ensure that his cohorts never suspect him to be the man who adopts the mantle of everyone's favourite caped defender of justice come sundown. Stay tuned to On-Screen for more details on the show's increasingly dense character ensemble, not to mention the definitive airdate of Season Two's opening instalment...
Gotham's freshman run continues on April 13th with Episode 19 ("Beasts of Prey") on Fox, after which Season Two will presumably première on the same Bat-channel (at the same Bat-time, of course) this Autumn.