8:15am PT by Sydney Bucksbaum
DC TV Watch: 'Gotham' Brings Two Iconic Batman Villains to Life
Welcome back to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on the small screen. Every Saturday, 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, Supergirl and Black Lightning and Fox's Gotham. This week, THR breaks down all the epic moments from the second episode of Gotham's final season.
The big news: After five years of buildup, Gotham finally went pedal to the metal with two iconic villains: Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and Poison Ivy (Peyton List).
What it means: This isn't the "proto" or prequel version anymore. After Bruce (David Mazouz) discovered that "the witch" a hospital nurse told him about was his old friend/foe Ivy, he tried to make a deal to protect her from the men hunting her in exchange for help finding a magical seed that could heal Selina's paralysis. Little did he know Ivy had gone full villain now and was actually killing men to feed her garden. And she didn't care anymore about what happened to Selina (so much for old friendships...). So when the truth came out, they made a new deal: Bruce would leave her alone to her killer gardening ways if she would just help him help Selina. The magical seed did its job and not only helped the previously suicidal Selina walk again, it made her "better than before." Bruce hugged her in relief so he didn't see her eyes turn completely cat-like.
If this seed is anything like Ivy said, it didn't just heal Selina's physical injuries; it also is going to bring out her darkest impulses. That description combined with Selina's new pupils means that arrival of Catwoman is officially here, whether Bruce knows (or accepts) it or not. Is having all the iconic Batman villains arrive in Gotham the spark that Bruce needs to officially become Batman himself?
Other noteworthy moments: Gordon (Ben McKenzie) went in full-on action mode here on this week's episode to save a bunch of kids enslaved in one of the gang's territories. He almost didn't make it out alive, either, until Barbara (Erin Richards) saved him, Harvey (Donal Logue) and the kids in a badass entrance that easily made Gotham's Top 10 coolest moments. With all these Gordon/Barbara bonding moments in recent episodes, is Gotham trying to bring Barbara and Gordon back together by the series finale? It wouldn't be the craziest thing that happened on this show.
Elsewhere on the episode, Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) finally started piecing together what his alter ego was doing during his memory blackouts, and it's actually pretty smart. He's trying to start an all-out gang war in Penguin's (Robin Lord Taylor) name. If it works, it will finally unseat Penguin as the seat of power in Gotham now that the criminals have taken over. And if it doesn't, no harm, no foul. Now there's the Riddler brilliance Gotham fans have been waiting for!
The Flash finally returns from its holiday hiatus, so be prepared to finally get some answers about why Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) has been working with Enemy No. 1 Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) this whole time.
Note: The Flash returns Jan. 15, Supergirl on Jan. 20, Arrow and Black Lightning on Jan. 21 and Legends of Tomorrow in April. Gotham airs Thursdays on Fox.