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Comic-Con: ‘Gotham’ Star Previews “Utter, Total Anarchy” in Season 3

The season-three premiere will jump ahead six months after the events of the season-two finale.
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The city of Gotham will be a very different place when the Fox drama returns for season three this fall.

“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.

Comic-Con: ‘Walking Dead’ Season 7 Trailer Debuts

The zombie drama has also announced its return date, though Negan's victim remains a mystery (for now).
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The Walking Dead diehards, the wait is almost over.Months after the season six finale cliffhanger that left the identity of Negan’s victim a mystery, the zombie drama used its platform Friday at Comic-Con to release the first trailer for season seven, which will premiere later than usual on Oct. 23. Internationally, it will bow within 24 hours.

“Everyone’s going to be blown away,” EP Robert Kirkman said of the new season to open the panel, with showrunner Scott M. Gimple noting that the Kingdom will feature big in season seven, while Gale Anne Hurd teased the arrival of non-human characters. The comments point to Ezekiel and his pet tiger, Shiva, both of whom appear in the trailer, below. Plus casting for Ezekiel was also announced Friday.

While the trailer definitely sets the stage for season seven, it naturally does not reveal which of 11 series regulars lost their life to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his barbed-wire covered baseball bat, Lucille.

Sources told THR that in a bid to protect the reveal, each of the 11 cast members left kneeling before Negan in the season six finale — Carl (Chandler Riggs), Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Arron (Ross Marquand), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) — each filmed a death scene with producers and the episode director working with the show’s editors to ultimately pick the character who does indeed die.

Season seven of The Walking Dead will pick up immediately with Negan’s deadly swing, and as Morgan said, “You’ll see who was at the end of that bat and what happened from there.” Series creator and EP Robert Kirkman has said that Negan’s victim is “beloved to everyone.” For those who haven’t read the comics on which the series is based [spoilers ahead], the landmark 100th issue sees Negan beat Glenn to death with Lucille.

Watch the trailer, below.

Comic-Con: Watch the Trailer for FX’s ‘X-Men’ Drama ‘Legion’

Dan Stevens and Aubry Plaza star in 'Fargo' creator Noah Hawley's new superhero series.
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The erstwhile Matthew Crawley is a long way away from Downton Abbey.

FX threw its hat into the superhero ring Saturday at Comic-Con when the network unveiled the first footage of its forthcoming X-Men drama series Legion. The footage was shown at Comic-Con during a Marvel panel with chief creative officer Joe Quesada and was well received.

Legion marks the latest Marvel TV series and first on basic cable. It joins ABC’s Agents of SHIELD and Netflix’s Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders and Punisher.

Dan Stevens, best known for his starring role during the first three seasons of Downton Abbey, returns to television screens in Legion, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Stevens plays David Haller, a man who is diagnosed with schizophrenia and learns that the visions and voices in his head might be more real than he once realized.

The Marvel character, created by legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz, stands out as an improbable figure to build an entire show around. But the creative mind behind Legion knows a thing or two about improbable shows: Noah Hawley, head writer and producer behind FX’s award-winning Fargo, mashing Coen Brothers’ true-crime elements with some of the auteur filmmakers’ more mystical interests. See: alien space-crafts hovering over the American midwest in the middle of a gunfight.

Expect that extraterrestrial event to only skim the surface of Hawley’s whacked-out wheelhouse, based on the footage released Friday.

In addition to Stevens, Legion features an all-star cast, including Fargo veterans Rachel Keller and Jean Smart, as well as Parks & Recreation favorite Aubrey Plaza.

Watch the trailer, below.