The Gotham panel came with a decent amount hints, sizzles, and promises for the upcoming season of the FOX Batman-prologue.
Firstly, we see the return of Ra’s al Ghul (Alexander Siddig) in a teaser with the resurrected Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), former girlfriend of Jim Gordon. She instructs Penguin’s henchmen to send Anubis to get the knife back and “kill the boy.” That boy, of course, is one youthful Bruce Wayne.
Later in the show, a hint is dropped about Bruce Wayne actor David Mazouz being a “good dancer,” and it is implied that he and Selena Kyle (Camren Bicondova) will have a dance number at some point in the upcoming season.
Harvey Bullock actor Donal Logue mentions that he and Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) will have a conflict that won’t simply be worked out like usual.
On the subject of Bruce Wayne becoming the Batman, Penguin actor Robin Lord Taylor said that Bruce is going to have to go through every person on the stage on his path to becoming the Caped Crusader.
Butch/Solomon Grundy (Drew Powell) will be returning and, surprisingly, siding with Edward Nigma/the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) despite past conflicts and disagreements.
The rise of Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins is a personally exciting concept to this humble writer, as they are among the cooler corners of the Batman rogue mythos. Despite the fact that it’s not Cyrus Gold, Solomon Grundy is my among my favorite DC villains overall, and his allegiance with the Riddler, another favorite, is an interesting concept. Someone with little intelligence and way too much intelligence falling in line together is pretty freaking awesome.
It’s kind of ironic considering which side Solomon Grundy fell in line with in the still-running ‘War of Jokes and Riddles’ in Tom King‘s Batman title.
Gotham airs Thursday nights on Fox, so check it out!