DC TV Watch: 'Gotham' Finale Introduces Major DC Comics Villain

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Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox's Gotham and what it all means. Note: Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow did not air new episodes this week.

Gotham season 3 finale 

Batman begins | So much happened in the two-hour season three finale this week, but perhaps the biggest moment of the series arrived in the final moments when a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) stopped family of three from being mugged in an alley. Mirroring the mugging where he lost his own parents years prior, the teen destined to become Batman saved a young girl from losing her own parents using his training from Alfred (Sean Pertwee) and the now-dead Court of Owls shaman (Raymond J. Barry). Dressed in all black with a cowl-neck sweater and ski mask hiding his face, wearing a long black trenchcoat flowing behind him like a cape, he then climbed a fire escape and looked down on Gotham from the ledge of a tall building, giving off major Batman vibes. While Bruce is definitely still too young to don the iconic suit and mask, this is an exciting step forward for the series, bringing it into a new chapter.

The new big bad revealed? | While Butch (Drew Powell) has been a minor character on the series over the past three seasons, working as a henchman for Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) before Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), and then Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) and Babs (Erin Richards), he never stood out as having potential to be a main big bad. However, the season three finale retconned his character entirely after he was shot in the head by Babs. Instead of killing him off, the show revealed he was still alive, albeit in a coma in the hospital. Nurses were overheard talking about how he changed his name to Cyrus Gold from Butch Gilzean. Comic book fans recognize the name Cyrus Gold as the pre-death identity of DC Comics zombie supervillain Solomon Grundy, a character who frequently dies and gets resurrected in Slaughter Swamp. Is this potentially Gotham's plan for the season four big bad? Butch didn't totally die in the finale, and didn't come into contact with any swamps, but perhaps this is the beginning of his origin story as Solomon Grundy.

Whipped into shape | Without Butch at her side, Tabitha was in the market for a new sidekick just as Selina (Camren Bicondova) finally gave up on her friendship with Bruce. The two formidable women teamed up, with Tabitha encouraging Selina to pick up her first whip. The future Catwoman proved to be a natural with the iconic weapon, and a new deadly duo was born.

No Harley Quinn ... for now | Despite rumors that Gotham would be introducing a proto-version of popular DC Comics villain Harley Quinn, she never showed up in the finale. It could be that Babs' death by electrocution could be the beginning of her origin story if season four resurrects Babs into an even crazier character than before, but Gotham showrunners aren't revealing their plans yet. However, viewers did get to meet Ra's al Ghul (Alexander Siddig) for a brief scene in which he convinced Bruce to fatally stab Alfred before telling him to use Lazarus Pit water to heal the butler. Ra's disappeared after warning Bruce that he would become the heir to the demon's head, so he's definitely not gone from the show for good, but the more pressing concern is how death and resurrection will affect Alfred moving forward. Lazarus Pits are known to cause temporary insanity in subjects, so Bruce might have a lot on his plate moving forward without worrying about Ra's. 

Legends of Tomorrow

New team member | The Legends team is looking to the future for their newest member aboard the Waverider. Tala Ashe (American Odyssey, Smash) has been cast as a series regular for Legends of Tomorrow season three. She will be playing Zari Adrianna Tomaz, a Muslim-American woman from the year 2030. According to the character description, "Zari lives in a world of contradictions. Technology has brought about incredible change in her future — too bad human nature hasn’t kept pace. Fear, prejudice and a lack of care for the planet have forced Zari to become a 'grey hat hacktivist.'" Described as a computer nerd with a wry, combative attitude, she lives a double life ... but doesn't realize that she has secret, latent powers derived from an ancient, mystical source. Although the character description veers from the source material, comic book fans will recognize her name as the superheroine Isis, a normal woman who uses an Egyptian amulet to summon the powers of the goddess Isis. Sounds like Zari will become fast friends with Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), the other team member with mystical powers derived from an ancient amulet. Either that, or they'll butt heads and become enemies pretty quickly, which would also be pretty compelling to see. 

What do you think of all the shocking reveals on and announcements for the DC Comics shows this week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Gotham returns for season four on Fox in the fall; Supergirl will return for season three on The CW in the fall; The Flash will return for season four on The CW in the fall; Arrow will return for season six on The CW in the fall; and Legends of Tomorrow will return for season three on The CW in the fall.