'Gotham' season 3 air date, spoilers: Mad Hatter among new villains; Court of Owls to be main antagonists?

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Season 2 of “Gotham” is officially over, and fans are preparing for what might come next in season 3 after a season finale full of insane twists and foreshadowing.

Titled “Transference,” the events in the finale of Gotham season 2 brought everything to a climactic conclusion. Hugo Strange’s (BD Wong) arc was finally resolved with him arrested, Bruce (David Mazouz) is one step closer to finding out exactly who had his parents killed after discovering the mastermind may be closer than he thought, and Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) personal life is set to come to a head after being finished with Indian Hill and deciding to find Lee (Morena Baccarin).

However, with the end of a chapter marks the beginning of a new one. The season finale set up the next season’s possible storyline. For one, season 2 introduced the Court of Owls, which means that they might be featured as season 3’s overarching antagonist. The very final moments of the season 2 finale also ended by releasing a busload of genetically modified crazies in Gotham, in addition to unleashing the resurrected Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith).

Of the monsters released, the most prominent example is the one who looked like Bruce with long hair. TV Guide suggested that the character might be Lincoln March, who was introduced by the Court of Owls as supposedly Bruce Wayne’s younger brother during the “Night of Owls” storyline.

Executive producer John Stephens also revealed the next season’s other villains in an interview with Comic Book Resources. According to Stephens, audiences will “be seeing Mad Hatter in Season 3. “We’ll be seeing the Tweedle Brothers, too, if we’re going to bring the Hatter in. In line with the Court of Owls, we’ll be seeing Talon. And, we should be seeing Solomon Grundy.”

The Mad Hatter, or Jervis Tetch, has long been among Batman’s biggest enemies despite not being as famous as the others. Patterned after the Hatter character in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” the Mad Hatter is a brilliant albeit insane scientist who uses mind controlling devices to force other people to obey him. The Tweedle Brothers follow the same “Alice in Wonderland” theme and are usually portrayed as the Mad Hatter’s main enforcers.

As for Solomon Grundy and Talon, their inclusion was foreshadowed as soon as it was revealed that Strange was working on resurrection for the Court of Owls. Grundy’s background is as a 19<sup>th century merchant who was murdered and ended up being resurrected into an immortal, nearly indestructible monster.

For Talon, the character was introduced in the comics right alongside the Court of Owls. Revealed as the name of the Court’s primary enforcer, there have been many Talons over the years and they are traditionally kept by the Court even after death. The Talons are then revived when needed to defend the Court of Owls.

All in all, the Court of Owls seem to be set up as the main antagonists for season 3’s myth arc. The Mad Hatter will likely function as the secondary villain for the season, much like Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) in the previous seasons.

No news yet on an exact release date, but season 3 has been confirmed. If it follows tradition, then season 3 of “Gotham” will likely premiere sometime in late September.