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'Gotham': 7 Rogues Gallery Villains That Should Be Introduced in Season 3
Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong) didn't make it out of Gotham season two as a free man, but his legacy sure did.
At the end of the Fox DC Comics drama's game-changing season two finale, Strange's twisted human experiments from Indian Hill, his secret lab underneath Arkham Asylum, had all escaped their captivity thanks to the resurrected Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). Fish drove a bus containing all the monsters right into the heart of Gotham City, and after crashing the bus, every single one of them went their separate ways.
Along with Fish, another familiar face got off the bus: Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan), who many believed to be the Joker before he was killed. Now that he's been resurrected, the Joker theories have been, too. Viewers also saw double when a long-haired boy wearing the same face as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) walked off the bus into the night after Jerome and Fish. But aside from these three, the rest of the monsters were unidentified, leaving Gotham with the opportunity to introduce a slew of infamous villains from the Batman mythology during its upcoming third season.
Below, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at seven iconic Rogues Gallery villains from the comic books that could — and maybe should — be included in the group of fugitive villains that may wreak havoc in season three.
7. Solomon Grundy
This zombie villain has battled more than just Batman over the years. He also went against the Green Lantern, Superman and the Justice Society of America as well as the Justice League of America, to name a few. But before he became a villain, he was just Cyrus Gold, a merchant in Gotham city who was murdered and tossed into Slaughter Swamp, resulting in his transformation into the undead with superhuman strength and stamina.
Bruce's childhood friend Tommy Elliot was a sociopath who tried to murder his own parents to inherit their fortune. When Bruce's father saved their lives, Tommy blamed Bruce, and targeted him for revenge. Tommy grew up to become a brilliant surgeon and disguised himself as Hush to try and kill Bruce. Gotham could introduce the young version of Tommy and tell the story of how his friendship with Bruce turned sour.
5. The Tweedle Brothers
Tweedledee and Tweedledum are Dumfrey and Deever Tweed, cousins who look like twins, and in the comics they are ruthless crime bosses. Although they're not much of a threat physically because of their weight and outright laziness, they're both cunning and strategic and usually have a bevy of henchmen at their disposal.
4. Mad Hatter
Another Alice in Wonderland-inspired villain is Jervis Tetch, aka the Mad Hatter. His weapon of choice is mind control, and the skilled-but-delusional scientist creates his own technology (usually embedded in crazy hats) to amplify his mind control.
Since season two introduced the existence of the Court of Owls, one of their most loyal assassins, William Cobb aka Talon, could be one of the monsters escaping Indian Hill. In the comics, William is the great grandfather of Dick Grayson, the original Robin.
2. Killer Croc
One of the monsters that got off the bus had a scaly face, so it's not a far reach to assume that the Fox series is going to introduce its own version of the DC Comics villain, despite Suicide Squad's interpretation played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje hitting the screen this summer.
1. Thomas Wayne Jr.
The mystery of who the Bruce Wayne look-alike is can be boiled down to one very likely option: Bruce's brother. There are many different versions of Thomas Wayne Jr. in the comics. One version suffered severe brain damage when he was hit by a car as a child, and so he was sent to a mental institution for his own safety and for the safety of those around him. Thomas and Martha Wayne never got the chance to tell Bruce about his brother before they were murdered. If Thomas was sent to Arkham, and Hugo experimented on him, there's no telling what kind of powers he might have now, or what he's planning to do with his brother. Will he become the assassin Boomerang Killer or Owlman as he did in the comics?
Gotham season three premieres Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on Fox.