‘Gotham’ Season 3: Different Penguin, New Season Parallels 2016 Election, And Fall Premiere Date Revealed

Gotham Season 2 ended on a crazy note, as the “Wrath of villains” has certainly been inflicted upon Gotham. Many potential new villains could be coming to Gotham in Season 3, but there are some that will be quite a bit different. Gotham fans have learned at the end of Season 2 that Hugo Strange reanimated Penguin’s rival Fish Mooney, and she now has metahuman powers as a result. According to Comic Book Resources, Penguin will be quite different as well.

Penguin actor Robin Lord Taylor says a much more ruthless Penguin will be returning for Gotham Season 3.

“Oswald will try to be the most powerful man he can be. He learned so much in Season 2. Now he has the means and knowledge, he knows what it is to be the king of Gotham and how difficult it is. On the death of his mother, Nygma told him, ‘You’re free to do whatever you want now. To love someone is to be weak, vulnerable.’ Now he can be as ruthless as he wants. I think he will take that advice.”

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Gotham fans have likely been noticing the transformation of Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin throughout the first two seasons, but some fans were likely concerned when Penguin and Fish Mooney had that unusual reunion in the Gotham Season 2 finale.

Gotham hasn’t really touched on politics much, other than delving into Theo Galavan’s mayoral race, and subsequent murder, return, and political undoing. Comic Book Movie reports that Gotham Season 3 will, to some extent, parallel the 2016 presidential race. Cory Michael Smith, who plays Penguin’s most recent confidant The Riddler, has stated that it will in fact parallel the election.

“Gotham, like many superhero stories, is a parallel of today’s society, of what happens every day, and in the third season, in the fall, when the United States will stand preparing to face one of the most important presidential elections in their history, even Gotham will address in parallel the issue.”

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How closely or how much Gotham chooses to utilize will be interesting to some, but as politics are one of the most divisive topics in America today, their writers might want to tread carefully. Gotham Season 3 will start less than two months before the 2016 elections. That means the Season 3 premiere date has been announced, as the L.A. Times reported, but Fox Broadcasting Company praised the first two seasons prior to the announcement.

“It takes a very special team to tell the tales of Gotham. For the past two seasons, Bruno, Danny and John have masterfully honored the mythology of Gotham and brought it to life with depth, emotion and memorable high drama. This incredibly talented cast has redefined these iconic characters for a new generation, and we couldn’t be more proud of this show.”

Gotham Season 3 will premiere September 19 at 8 p.m., and just like Season 1 and 2, it will still be on a Monday for your viewing pleasure. The L.A. Times reminded fans that there will be several new characters funneling into Gotham this fall. Gotham executive producer John Stephens named dropped The Mad Hatter, the Tweedle Brothers, Talon, and Solomon Grundy. A Vicky Vale character will also be joining the show in Season 3, and the young Poison Ivy will be changing actresses.

Gotham‘s future is hard to see because, though Season 2 was well-received and overall delved head first into a lot of the DC Comics material, the return of Fish Mooney and the same dynamic she carried in Season 1 could derail Season 3 for a lot of fans.

What will Gotham Season 3 bring to the table? Will it advance Batman and his city’s story, or repeat prior season’s ideas?

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