Mad Hatter, Solomon Grundy, and Talon Promised to Appear in Season 3 of Gotham

Monday, 23 May 2016 - 3:44PM
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Monday, 23 May 2016 - 3:44PM
Mad Hatter, Solomon Grundy, and Talon Promised to Appear in Season 3 of Gotham
Gotham may not be as popular with critics and fans as the CW TV shows, but it does have its own following, and it's always exciting to hear when the show decides to bring on more fan-favorite villains from the Batman mythos. With the season finale taking place tonight, executive producer John Stephens talked with CBR to give fans an idea of what they can expect during the show's third season, confirming the appearance of a few beloved characters from Batman's gallery of rogues.  

First on the list is Jervis Tetch - the Mad Hatter. There's been numerous iterations of the character over the years in different comics and animated series, but he's always primarily an Alice in Wonderland obsessed villain, using hats and his signature "10/6" tags to execute mind control on his victims. In most characterizations, he kidnaps girls he calls "Alice" for various reasons, and one can imagine how some of the darker takes on the character have spun that. With a show as gritty as Gotham, it's likely that they'll do the same.  

The Tweedle Brothers, two other Lewis Carroll based villains, will also be used in connection with Mad Hatter, much as they are in many iterations of the comics. They're not quite as popular as Jervis Tetch, though, and it wouldn't be a stretch to say that the show will likely keep the Hatter in the spotlight over his two cohorts.  

Solomon Grundy was also mentioned to be included in Gotham's third season. In some ways, he resembles The Hulk, seeing as he's this big, brutish, slow, and stupid enemy (that's not to say he's a Hulk ripoff, though - Grundy was there first). He's essentially an immortal zombie, who, in many iterations, says nothing else except "Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday," after the old nursery rhyme. He befriends Two Face in the Batman story The Long Halloween, in which Harvey quotes the rest of the rhyme to Grundy, calming him down. Another live action version of Grundy was also featured in Arrow back in season 2, but many fans believe that his introduction and appearance in the show was very poorly planned and executed.  

Then there's Talon, the assassin of the Court of Owls. The Court has been teased in Gotham for quite some time now, and apparently, the show's gotten more and more bold with hinting at their introduction. The Court of Owls was created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo back in 2011 at the inception of the New 52, and are a group of wealthy Gothamites who rule the city from the shadows.

There have actually been multiple Talons, however, so which one will be used in the show still remains to be seen. The Court has even reanimated Talons using technology developed by Mister Freeze, so there's always the potential that things could get similarly weird in the show as well. One prominent Talon was Dick Grayson's grandfather, William Cobb, and it's no secret that the Court would prefer to have Grayson himself fulfill his destiny and become a Talon, too. So fans of Gotham shouldn't be too surprised if for some reason the Graysons from season 1 are brought back into the picture in season 3.  

There'll likely be a host of other villains appear in the show as well, but for now, these are certainly some pretty big names to work with. The wisdom of a show using all of Batman's villains in a world where Batman does not yet exist is still subject to question, but there's no doubt that it creates the potential for what could be some really intriguing storytelling.
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