Gotham has come into it’s own in it’s second season. The show has stepped it up and found a light speed rhythm that throws caution to the wind and has introduced so many more Batman villains than fans ever expected.
Last episode gave us the return of Fish Mooney, Clayface assuming Jim Gordon’s form with intentions to replace him, Firefly making Selina Kyle pledge allegiance to her, and Ed Nygma has Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox. Basically, the villains are in the house and they’ve made it their own.
It’s not looking good for our heroes. Executive Producer, John Stephens spoke to Comic Book Resources about the transformation of Bruce Wayne and what we can expect from tonight’s finale.
CBR News: Throughout the season, Hugo Strange has been playing Dr. Frankenstein. What exactly is his endgame?
John Stephens: We’re going to understand his endgame in the finale. We’re going to understand that he received a directive from his employers, who gave him a very specific directive, specifically about reanimation. That is something which his employers, who we know are the Court of Owls, is going to be paid off in Season 3 when we understand why they wanted him to do this thing. We will understand in this season what exactly he was supposed to achieve, although part of that we will pay off next year, too. It plays into our overarcing Court of Owls’ mythology.
Strange refers to his employers as “masters.” Who are the Court of Owls, and how much are we going to learn about them in the finale?
The Court of Owls is like an Illuminati. They are a shadowy group of powerful people who have controlled Gotham for centuries. They might, or might not, be behind the Wayne murders. They have financed and directed Indian Hill and Hugo Strange’s research. We will not learn all that much about them in the finale, save for the fact they are the people behind Hugo Strange and are most likely the culprits behind Martha and Thomas Wayne’s murders. Bruce will learn of their existence, but not necessarily their name. That will obviously push him forward.
As part of Strange’s experiments, he brought Fish Mooney back to life. What makes the resurrected Fish deadlier than before?
Hugo Strange had to modify Fish’s DNA in order to being her back to life, and it had the side effect of giving her certain abilities. Those abilities are going to manifest in the finale. She goes from the real of reality to grounded sci-fi, becoming a quasi-supernatural character in the finale.
Speaking of character growth, Bruce Wayne isn’t the same teen audiences met in Season 1. How far along the path is he to becoming Batman?
He has a long way to go. Our thinking is that, in every season, we’re going to start trying to add another piece of the Batman jigsaw puzzle. For instance, in Season 3, we’ll be adding another huge piece of the puzzle that will go into being Batman. He still has a long way to go — physically, emotionally and intellectually — in all those different facets.
When you saw episode 10 this year, where he and Selina ran a con on Silver St. Cloud and he appeared to be one thing over another — you saw him really step forward and be a different person than he had been before. To me, that was a big step forward to him becoming Batman.
What else can you tease about the finale?
A lot more of these creatures are going to come out of Indian Hill, who are going to lay the groundwork for a lot of the future Batman villains. In the very last scene of the episode, we’re going to see a twist which is going to up the ante for everything in Season 3. I would definitely wait around for the very last scene — that’s when the biggest reveal of the episode happens.