Gotham, Barbara Kean, Erin Richards, Jerome Valeska, Cameron Monaghan, Arkham Asylum

‘Gotham’ Teases The Rise Of The Villains And A Possible Romance [Video]

The second season of Gotham is shaping up to be an exciting and compelling offering, if executive producer Bruno Heller is to be believed — and he is definitely the man in the know as far as Gotham is concerned. Heller told Showbiz Junkies that the season has been labeled the Rise of the Villains, and, among many villain origin stories, Gotham will also tell the Joker’s story.

“There will also be more ‘comedic’ is the wrong word, but fun villains like Flamingo,” said Heller of Gotham‘s second season. “The fun of this world is that you can go from real profound darkness to lightness in the same episode, in the same scene.”

Meanwhile, young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) has the task of growing up, but also growing into his alter ego as Batman, which, as Gotham‘s showrunner explains, is no easy task.

“It’s tricky because like anyone’s childhood there’s wrong turns and it’s as much about watching David grow into himself and grow older and become a man, and that’s one of the beauties of working in TV is it happens in time. And Bruce Wayne will grow as David grows,” said Gotham‘s Heller. “He’s already had this traumatic turn so what happens to him in the future is going to be the texture of his life as opposed to a grand epic drama – a secret drama that’s happened outside of the Batman canon. We’re trying to make all of these characters as human and as real and as lifelike and as fluid as possible.”

Elsewhere on Gotham, Jerome Valeska is meeting Barbara Kean for the first time and the ex-love of James Gordon seems very far removed from the woman she once was, with Gotham‘s Erin Richards delivering a chilling performance. Barbara seems perfectly at home in Arkham with the rest of the violently insane criminals, as she charms the largest prisoner in sight to be her protector. She even seals the deal with a kiss.

The meeting between Jerome and Barbara ends rather abruptly with that exchange, but the Joker has never been one to give up easily. Jerome seems to have a definite plan that seems to hinge on Barbara’s participation, so it may not be long into Gotham‘s second season before Barbara and Jerome are teaming up, as suggested by the Hollywood Reporter. Could they even build a romance based on their mutual psychopathology?

Gotham will premiere on Monday, September 21, on Fox.

[Featured image courtesy of Fox/Gotham]

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