Spoiler warning for those of you who haven’t watched the Gotham Season 2 finale yet.
Gotham’s second season is in the books thanks to a wacky Season 2 finale that featured a lot of comic book craziness, even if it didn’t namedrop any DC Comics regulars while doing so. However, the way that events played out now opens the door for the creative team at Fox to dip into more Batman heroes and villains without committing to any of them up front. I was a little surprised that we didn’t get any solid mentions of the villains who were already teased for Season 3, or more from the Court of Owls, but the way is now clear to include both.
And while many fans of both the Batman and Gotham itself might have been keeping an eye peeled for any references to their favorite comic book characters, the biggest shock of the night came in that final scene. Though the “monsters” in question may have been cast behind a shadowy veil to prevent viewers from gleaning any hints at their identities (or because the effect masked cheapo, generic costumes), the parting shot of a long-haired Bruce Wayne look-alike looming above the camera certainly left us wondering just what the hell is going to happen in Season 3.
Before we talk about that, however, let’s do a brief recap of the events of tonight’s finale. As you may know if you’ve been following the second season, Dr. Hugo Strange has been experimenting on subjects in the mysterious Indian Hill facility. Such “monsters” under his care included the resurrected Theo Galavan/Azrael, Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze, Bridgit Pike/Firefly, Basil/Clayface and yes, the revived and newly powered Fish Mooney. Other less-tinkered-with criminals included Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Edward Nygma/The Riddler. While Clayface is masquerading as Jim Gordon at the GCPD to distract them from the situation at Indian Hill, Dr. Strange is in the process of acting on orders from the Court of Owls to destroy the facility along with his precious subjects.
Instead, Mooney manages to commandeer a bus full of Strange’s monsters, minus a few recognizable faces who duke it out in the bowels of the Indian Hill facility. Because this is a comic book series that has embraced a darkly tinged wackiness and camp, there is, of course, a life-or-death quiz from the Riddler that results in death/unconsciousness from “poison gas” and a comically oversized bomb that is defused by Gordon … who simply pours water on it, to comedic effect.
While the law enforcement officials do little to prevent any of this chaos, Mooney ends up crashing the bus full of monsters, which she escapes unscathed, even scaring off Butch and his gun-toting cronies by her appearance alone. Oh, and the fact that she knocked out Penguin with but a touch. The craziest part of the episode occurs after an old woman innocently lets all of the monsters out of the back of the armored bus and they stomp away from her through the fog and mist and haze. Our final shot is of that long-haired Bruce Wayne look-alike thanking her for their release before the camera goes to black.
First of all, none of those “monsters” look like either the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Brothers, Solomon Grundy, or any of the Court of Owls that executive producer John Stephens teased earlier today. Believe it or not, there’s actually a bit more meat to the appearance of a long-haired Bruce Wayne than the possible phantoms of Batman’s rogues gallery. Is it possible that Strange is cloning folks in his hall of horrors, and could a version of Bruce Wayne be one of those strategic experiments? Honestly, most of Strange’s monsters seemed to serve no purpose other than to stroke his ego but there are bound to be some more useful members tucked away somewhere.
Other possible, but far less likely scenarios I can come up with are as follows:
- Perhaps, like in the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Heart of Steel,” this Bruce Wayne double is actually an android duplicate built by a sentient machine.
- Or maybe it’s another version of the Clayface character cooked up by Dr. Strange after experimenting on Basil.
- Or, it might be a nod to the “Hush” storyline in which a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne’s becomes obsessed with the boy billionaire and his family when his own parents turn out to be less than ideal. The boy eventually went on to have plastic surgery performed to transform himself into a double of Bruce Wayne. Granted, in the comics this happened when Hush and Bruce Wayne were adults, but Gotham throws all that continuity out the window anyway.
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