Ken Woodruff, Executive Producer of Gotham, reveals the reason behind Season 3’s tagline changing from “Heroes Will Fall” to “Mad City” – and it’s as obvious as it sounds.
It’s common knowledge that yet another iconic Batman villain will appear in the show, and this is none other than Jervis Tech, better known as Mad Hatter. The Walking Dead’s Benedict Samuel is tackling the role and has obviously impressed Woodruff; so much so that they’ve included his character more than they first planned.
“We started diving into the character of the Mad Hatter and the actor that we cast, and we wanted to spend more time with him. We were really intrigued with how he’s not just a villain who blows stuff up. He’s a villain who can actually needle into the psyche and the emotional space of our heroes.”
Woodruff also explained that the writing team were reinvigorated when they found a villain who tested the show’s heroes and could be used to reveal more about them. This creatively refueling was put to good use, as they actually changed the direction of the season completely.
“The theme and that title became much more accurate once we started seeing these later episodes develop like 6, 7, 8, 9 and the repercussions this big character was having,”
Pair the Mad Hatter’s chaotic actions with a host of monsters and villains on the loose and you can be sure that James Gordon will have his hands full. Perhaps he could use some help from a Caped Crusader? That doesn’t seem to be the case, just yet anyway.
“The idea and notion of heroes falling is the bigger thing that we’re accomplishing for the season as a whole. If last season was about, how did supervillains come into existence, then this season is about the other half of that, which is not only do you need supervillains to exist for a city to fall, but also you need your heroes to fall.”
So instead of Bruce Wayne donning the legendary cowl, it sounds like we’ll see Gordon’s demise. Gotham returns for a third season Monday at 8pm on FOX.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter