“We’re six months in the future and the monsters that have been unleashed…are turning the city into utter, total anarchy,” star Ben McKenzie told the crowd Saturday at the show’s Comic-Con panel.
Gotham‘s second season wrapped with Strange’s (B.D. Wong) monsters being freed from an abandoned bus and beginning to walk through Gotham. “Jim Gordon is a bounty hunter taking out the monsters and getting paid,” McKenzie said. “It’s a really dynamic start to season three.”
One of the monsters, notably, looks nearly identical to Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). “The thing that I really wanted to make clear going into season three is they’re two different people,” said Mazouz, who said it’s been a “blast” to play the two characters.
“He comes in perhaps not knowing what he’s there for but he was created for a reason and he does have a mission,” executive producer John Stephens added. “He’s going to have a huge impact on Bruce’s life and on Selina’s life as well.”
Selina’s life also will be complicated by the new, older Poison Ivy (Maggie Geha). “I don’t think they like each other,” Camren Bicondova said. “I don’t think that’s going to go very well for Selina.”
The dynamic between Oswald (Robin Lord Taylor) and Edward Nygma — (Cory Michael Smith) also remains to be seen. “There has to be a reckoning here because the last time we saw each other, I dismissed Oswald from my apartment,” Smith said. “When I get out of Arkam, I’m a completely different person here and its kind of this clean slate.… I just get to begin again.”
Oswald is particularly coming off a rough season after the death of his characters. “There is a big hole in his life now. He needs people to trust,” Taylor said. “The connection that he has with Nygma falls right into that.”
The six-month time jump for the series also comes after the end of Gordon’s relationship with Leslie (Morena Baccarin), who returns “perhaps with a new love interest,” the actress teased.
“Leslie went through some tough times,” she said. “I think she was hoping Jim would come find her and rescue her and all that good stuff. But the losing of their baby and the way he went to jail and everything — she’s had to piece herself together.”
Don’t expect a quick resolution for the couple. “Their road will be long and winding,” McKenzie said.
In addition to the new, older Poison Ivy, the drama is getting ready to introduce Benedict Samuel as the Mad Hatter in season three. When asked about the possibility of villain Ra’s al Ghul coming to the show, Stephens said the character has not yet been introduced on the show. It’s a “conversation that we’ve had a lot, but it’s a big step we would take if we ever took it,” he explained. “It’s a big maybe out there.”
As for returning characters, the executive producers left the door open for Jerome (Cameron Monaghan) to return despite his season-two death. “As we’ve seen in Gotham, death is not really a barrier,” Stephens said. “In Gotham, you can’t keep a bad man down.”
The executive producers were equally cryptic, as usual, about whether the show will ever see Bruce Wayne officially suit up and become Batman.
“There’s no rush,” EP Danny Cannon said. “There’s a lot of drama to be had before we get there.”
Gotham‘s third season premieres Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. on Fox.