The Batman character has been portrayed in films by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Kevin Conroy, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and by Ben Affleck in the 2016 movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Batman 1943 Serial
Batman is a 15-chapter serial, released in 1943 by Columbia Pictures. It is based on the DC Comics character Batman, introduced May 1939 in Detective Comics issue 27. The serial starred Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin. J. Carrol Naish played the villain, an original character named Dr. Daka. Rounding out the cast were Shirley Patterson as Linda Page (Bruce Wayne's love interest) and William Austin as Alfred the butler. The plot involved Batman (as a U.S. government agent) attempting to defeat the Japanese agent Dr. Daka at the height of World War II.
The film is notable for being the first filmed appearance of Batman, and for debuting story details that became permanent parts of the Batman mythos. It introduced the Bat's Cave and its secret entrance through a grandfather clock inside Wayne Manor. Both departures subsequently appeared in the comics. The serial also changed the course of how Alfred Pennyworth's physical appearance would be depicted in later Batman works. At the time it was released in theaters, Alfred was overweight in Batman comics. After William Austin's portrayal in this chapter play, subsequent issues of the comics portrayed him as Austin had: trim and sporting a thin mustache. The serial was commercially successful and spawned another, Batman and Robin, in 1949. It was re-released in 1965. The re-released version, called An Evening with Batman and Robin, proved very popular, and its success inspired the action-comedy lampoon series Batman (and its 1966 theatrical feature film spin-off) starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
The film serial was broadcast on Turner Classic Movies from March to June 2015, followed by the 1949 serial from June to November.
Batman TV Series (1966-1968)
The Batman television series, starring Adam West, premiered in January 1966 on the ABC television network. Inflected with a camp sense of humor, the show became a pop culture phenomenon. In his memoir, Back to the Batcave, West notes his dislike for the term 'camp' as it was applied to the 1960s series, opining that the show was instead a farce or lampoon, and a deliberate one, at that. The series ran for 120 episodes, ending in 1968. In between the first and second season of the Batman television series the cast and crew made the theatrical film Batman (1966).
The popularity of the Batman TV series also resulted in the first animated adaptation of Batman in the series The Batman/Superman Hour; the Batman segments of the series were repackaged as The Adventures of Batman and Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder which produced thirty-three episodes between 1968 and 1977. From 1973 until 1986, Batman had a starring role in ABC's Super Friends series, which was animated by Hanna-Barbera. Olan Soule was the voice of Batman in all these series, but was eventually replaced during Super Friends by Adam West, who also voiced the character in Filmation's 1977 series The New Adventures of Batman.
- 1943: Batman, 15-chapter serial starring Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin
- 1949: Batman and Robin, 15-chapter serial starring Robert Lowery as Batman and Johnny Duncan as Robin
The Batman/Superman Hour (1968)
The Batman/Superman Hour is a Filmation animated series that was broadcast on CBS from 1968 to 1969. Premiering on September 14, 1968, this 60-minute program featured new adventures of the DC Comics superheroes Batman, Robin and Batgirl alongside shorts from The New Adventures of Superman and The Adventures of Superboy. A similar animated television series aired from 1997 to 2000 as The New Batman / Superman Adventures.
The New Adventures of Batman (1977)
The New Adventures of Batman is an animated cartoon that aired on CBS from February 12 to May 28, 1977, featuring the DC Comics superheroes Batman and Robin, and Batgirl. The series was a Filmation and DC Comics production in association with Warner Bros. Television (whose current parent company is Time Warner). The show was a continuation of the late 1960s Batman TV series which had been canceled eight years earlier.
The New Adventures of Batman originally premiered February 12, 1977 on CBS. The episodes from this series were later aired along with other Filmation shows - such as Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976, CBS) - as part of: The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour (1977–1978 CBS), Tarzan and the Super 7 (1978–1980 CBS), and Batman and the Super 7 (1980–1981 NBC).
In The New Adventures of Batman, the "Dynamic Duo" fights crime in Gotham City, encountering the classic Batman rogues gallery as well as some original villains. Complicating matters is Bat-Mite, a well-meaning imp from another dimension called Ergo, who considers himself Batman's biggest fan. As a result, he wears a variant of Batman’s costume and attempts to help him, only to often create more problems. Missing is Alfred, the faithful butler of Batman's alter ego Bruce Wayne; also notable in this series are the inverted colors of the circled "R" on Robin's costume.
In 1989, Warner Bros. released the live-action feature film Batman; directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton as the title character. The film was a huge success; not only was it the top-grossing film of the year, but at the time was the fifth highest-grossing film in history. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
The film's success spawned three sequels: Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997); the latter two of which were directed by Joel Schumacher instead of Burton, and replaced Keaton as Batman with Val Kilmer and George Clooney, respectively. The second Schumacher film, while a box office success, failed to outgross any of its predecessors and was critically panned, causing Warner Bros. to cancel the planned Batman Triumphant sequel and place the film series on hiatus.
Batman Begins Trilogy (2005-2012)
In 2005, Batman Begins was released to theaters as a reboot of the Warner Bros. film series; directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as Batman. Its sequel, The Dark Knight (2008), set the record for the highest grossing opening weekend of all time in the U.S., earning approximately $158 million, and became the fastest film to reach the $400 million mark in the history of American cinema (eighteenth day of release).
These record breaking attendances saw The Dark Knight end its run as the second-highest domestic grossing film (at the time) with $533 million, bested then only by Titanic. The film also won two Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for the late Heath Ledger. It was eventually followed by another sequel, The Dark Knight Rises (2012), which served as a conclusion to Nolan's film series.
In 2013, Warner Bros. announced that Ben Affleck will be portraying Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
- 1966: Batman, feature film based on the contemporaneous Batman television series; starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, Cesar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as the Penguin, Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, and Lee Meriweather as Catwoman
- 1989: Batman, directed by Tim Burton; starring Michael Keaton as Batman, Jack Nicholson as the Joker, and Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale
- 1992: Batman Returns, directed by Tim Burton; starring Michael Keaton as Batman, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, Danny DeVito as the Penguin, and Christopher Walken as Max Shreck
- 1995: Batman Forever, directed by Joel Schumacher; starring Val Kilmer as Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Nicole Kidman as Chase Meridian, Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face, and Jim Carrey as the Riddler
- 1997: Batman & Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher; starring George Clooney as Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy and Robert Swenson as Bane
- 2005: Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan; starring Christian Bale as Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes, Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul, Cillian Murphy as the Scarecrow, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
- 2008: The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan; starring Christian Bale as Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Heath Ledger as the Joker, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
- 2012: The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan; starring Christian Bale as Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
- 2016: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, On July 20, 2013, Zack Snyder revealed that the sequel to his film Man of Steel will feature both Superman and Batman. On August 22, 2013, it was announced by Warner Bros. that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the film.
- 2016: Batman: Bad Blood is a direct-to-video animated superhero film which is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. It serves as a sequel to the 2015 film Batman vs. Robin. The film was released on January 20, 2016 for iTunes and the Google Play Store, and on DVD and Blu-ray on February 2, 2016. Jason O'Mara, Sean Maher and Stuart Allan reprise their roles from the previous films with Morena Baccarin returning from Son of Batman as Talia al Ghul.
- 2017: Warner Bros. scheduled The Lego Batman Movie, a spinoff starring the Batman character, for 2017, pushing The Lego Movie 2 to 2018. Arnett is set to reprise his role of Batman, while McKay, who was earlier attached to the sequel, will direct the film which is being written by Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. On April 20, 2015, Warner Bros. scheduled The Lego Batman Movie, for a February 10, 2017 release date.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Gotham City-based vigilante Batman travels to Metropolis to preemptively combat Superman, fearing what would happen if the latter is kept unchecked, while another threat endangers humankind. The film introduces Batman, Wonder Woman, Alfred Pennyworth, Lex Luthor, and Doomsday to the DCEU.
In June 2013, it was announced that Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer would both be returning for a Man of Steel sequel, which was being fast tracked by Warner Bros. Christopher Nolan is involved in an advisory role as executive producer. In July 2013, Warner Bros. announced that Superman and Batman will meet for the first time in a cinematic format in the film which will be the follow-up to Man of Steel and a reboot of the Batman film series, set for release in 2015. Goyer and Snyder will co-write the story, with Goyer writing the script. Cavill, Adams, Lane, and Fishburne will reprise their roles. According to Snyder and Goyer, the film will take inspiration from the comic The Dark Knight Returns. However, later, Snyder clarified that the film would not be a strict adaptation of the story and instead be original. Goyer stated that Superman and Batman would face off. On August 22, 2013, it was announced that Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne / Batman. On December 4, 2013, it was reported that Gal Gadot was cast as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, marking the first appearance of Wonder Woman in a live-action theatrical film.
It was announced that Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons were joining the cast as Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively. Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, and Jason Momoa were cast as Victor Stone / Cyborg, Barry Allen / The Flash, and Arthur Curry / Aquaman respectively; appearing briefly in roles which will be expanded upon in future DC Extended Universe films.
In January 2014, it was announced that the film had been delayed from its original July 17, 2015 release date to May 6, 2016, to give the filmmakers "time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story". It got moved again to March 25, 2016. In May 2014, the film's title was revealed to be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"Justice League" Part One
In Theaters November 17th, 2017
Motivated by Superman's selfless sacrifice, Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team of metahumans to face a new catastrophic threat. The film introduces Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, James Gordon, Mera, Nudis Vulko, and Iris West to the DCEU.
The new Justice League film will be starring: Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry / Aquaman), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), and Ray Fisher (Victor Stone / Cyborg).
In October 2014, Warner Bros. announced the film would be released in two parts as the fifth and ninth installments of the DC Comics' shared universe films, with Part One releasing in 2017, and Part Two in 2019. Snyder will direct both films. It is expected that Fisher will appear as Cyborg, and Jason Momoa will appear as Aquaman.
On January 19, 2016, concept art was released for the film confirming Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash as the official lineup, though Geoff Johns hinted that a Green Lantern and the Green Lantern Corps will eventually join the roster and appear in the movie. Snyder later discussed that Doomsday, and his mythological origins will be more greatly detailed within the Justice League films after his debut appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In March 2016, it was announced J. K. Simmons would play Commissioner Gordon in the series. That same month, Heard confirmed with Entertainment Tonight that she will indeed be portraying Mera. According to writer Chris Terrio, the film will not be as dark as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will instead feature a lighter tone. Filming for the movie started on April 11. In April 2016, Willem Dafoe was cast as Nuidis Vulko, an advisor to Aquaman. That same month, Eisenberg confirmed that he would reprise his role as Lex Luthor. In June 2016, Johns revealed the title for the film would be Justice League.
"Justice League" Part 2
ain Theaters June 14th, 2019
The Justice League sequel will be starring: Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry / Aquaman), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), and Ray Fisher (Victor Stone / Cyborg).
In October 2014, Warner Bros. announced the film would be released in 2 parts as the 5th and 9th installments of the DC Comics' shared universe films, with Part One releasing in 2017, and Part Two in 2019. Snyder will direct both films. A Justice League movie sequel was scheduled to be released on June 14, 2019, but has since been delayed to accommodate the release for a standalone Batman movie that will be directed by Ben Affleck.
The Batman (2020?)
In July 2015, it was revealed that Ben Affleck was in talks to direct, star and co-write with Geoff Johns a screenplay for a stand-alone Batman film. In January 2016, Affleck hinted that he was inspired by his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder to possibly take on helming the film. In March 2016, Johns claimed that the appearance of Robin's suit covered in graffiti from Dawn of Justice would be explored later and the identity of the deceased character was intentionally unspecified.
Following the release of Dawn of Justice, William Morris Endeavor's co-CEO Patrick Whitesell confirmed that Affleck had written a screenplay for a standalone Batman film that he hoped would be optioned by Warner Bros as well to direct. Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed in April 2016 that the studio was moving ahead with Affleck's stand-alone Batman film, which the actor would star in and direct. In May 2016, Jeremy Irons confirmed that he was "tied into The Batman", while Affleck stated that his solo Batman film would borrow from the comics, but mainly be an "original story". Affleck was officially confirmed as the film's director at Comic-Con 2016.
In August 2016, Jared Leto expressed his hope that his version of the Joker would pop up in Affleck's Batman solo film. In August 2016, Deathstroke was teased via Twitter by Affleck through test footage. DCEU co-runner and producer Johns has since confirmed that the character will be played by Joe Manganiello. In October 2016, Affleck revealed the film's working title to be The Batman. Manganiello revealed to Entertainment Tonight in an interview that filming will start in spring 2017 while Irons has stated it may be filmed in summer 2017. In December 2016, Affleck confirmed that the film is on track to begin shooting in spring 2017.
Gotham City Sirens (2020?)
In May 2016, it was reported that a Harley Quinn -focused spin-off film, which will feature other DC Comics female characters, was in development. Robbie will reprise her role as Quinn and serve as a producer as well. As of September 2016, Robbie's newly created studio LuckyChap Entertainment will help develop the upcoming film. In November 2016, it was confirmed that Christina Hodson will serve as the screenwriter the film. In December 2016, it was announced that David Ayer will direct the spin-off film, entitled Gotham City Sirens, from a screenplay by Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
"Gotham" FOX TV Series (2014-)
Gotham is an American crime television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on characters appearing in and published by DC Comics in their Batman franchise, primarily those of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. The series stars Ben McKenzie as the young GCPD Police Detective [Commissioner] Gordon, while Heller executive produces along with Danny Cannon, who also directed the pilot. As originally conceived, the series would have served as a straightforward story of Gordon's early days on the Gotham City police force. The idea evolved not only to include heroes like the Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Jason Todd (Robin) characters, but also to tell the origin stories of several Batman villains including Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Bane, Hush, Firefly, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Red Hood, Professor Hugo Strange, Carmine Falcone, Sal Maroni, and Victor Zsasz.
The 1st season order originally consisted of 16 episodes, but was later extended to 22. Gotham premiered on Fox on September 22, 2014. In March 2016, the series was renewed for a 3rd season which premiered on September 19, 2016. In May 2017, Fox renewed the series for a 4th season.
#1 "Pilot" September 22, 2014
Rookie detective James Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock are assigned to the case of the murder of Thomas (Grayson McCouch) and Martha Wayne (Brette Taylor), which was witnessed by street orphan Selina Kyle. Gordon meets the Waynes' son, Bruce, empathizing with him due to his witnessing of his own father's death. Their investigation leads them to a parolee named Mario Pepper, whom Bullock shoots when he flees and attacks Gordon. They discover that Pepper had been framed leading them to mobstress Fish Mooney. Mooney has them captured but they are saved by Mooney's superior and Mafia boss, Carmine Falcone. In exchange, Falcone orders Gordon to kill Oswald Cobblepot, a low-level member of Mooney's gang and informant for Gotham MCU investigators Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen. Gordon fakes Cobblepot's death, telling him to never return to Gotham. Gordon and Bullock are celebrated for solving the Wayne murders, but Gordon confesses the truth to Bruce and his butler, Alfred Pennyworth. As Gordon leaves, Kyle is seen lingering around the borders of Wayne Manor.
#2 "Selina Kyle" September 29, 2014
The murder of a homeless man leads Gordon and Bullock to investigate the abductions of street kids by Patti and Doug (Lili Taylor and Frank Whaley), underlings of the Dollmaker posing as members of the Mayor's Homeless Outreach Program. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot takes refuge in a rented trailer after his faked death, plotting his return to Gotham City. After Patti and Doug escape, with Quillinformer worker Morry Quillan (Wayne Duvall) captured, Mayor Aubrey James announces plans to help Gotham's homeless kids, which involves rounding them up and shipping them out of town. Patti and Doug return and hijack one of the buses of street kids, including Selina Kyle. After Bullock's interrogation of Quillan, Gordon obtains a clue that leads to Trident International Shipping. Gordon and Bullock arrive and catch Patti and Doug while encountering Kyle. While Bruce has plans to find a way to help the children, Gordon meets with Kyle who states that she has been watching him during his visits with Bruce and might have some information on the person who shot the Waynes.
#3 "The Balloonman" October 6, 2014
Gordon and Bullock track a vigilante who targets corrupt Gotham citizens and nicknamed "Balloonman" for strapping his victims to weather balloons. Montoya and Allen question Gordon about Cobblepot, who returns to Gotham to get revenge on Mooney. He gets a job at Mafia Don Sal Maroni's restaurant, and is befriended by Maroni himself. Mooney arranges for Falcone's lover Natalia to be disfigured in a phony mugging after Falcone's men severely beat a waiter with whom Mooney had been sexually coupled. Gordon realizes that "Balloonman" is social worker Davis Lamond (Dan Bakkedahl), who was driven to become the Balloonman because of corrupt officials refusing to aid children on the streets. He warns Gordon that more vigilantes will follow in his path. At his apartment later, Gordon receives a surprise visit from Cobblepot.
#4 "Arkham" October 13, 2014
Gordon learns of the Arkham Plan when he visits Bruce Wayne, where Alfred mentions that Falcone and Mayor James are backing the project that will improve the Arkham District. An unnamed hitman (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) has been targeting the city council members involved in the Arkham Project. After an attack on Maroni's restaurant by three masked men, Cobblepot is promoted to restaurant manager by Maroni, following his action of saving a bag of money and the death of the previous manager. Mooney pits two female singers against each other for her nightclub job opening, with the winner being Liza. Mayor James holds a conference about the Arkham Plan, announcing that Falcone will handle small housing development projects and Maroni will be refurbishing the Asylum. Later, Cobblepot kills the three masked robbers who had attacked Maroni's restaurant, who it turns out had been hired for just that purpose by Cobblepot himself, by serving them poisoned cannolis.
#5 "Viper" October 20, 2014
Bruce plans to find a way to speak to the board members of Wayne Enterprises to learn their connections to the Arkham District Project. A new drug called "Viper" is hitting the street where the user gains super-strength, but eventually kills them. Maroni plans to rob a casino owned by Falcone, and Cobblepot reveals his past. Gordon learns that "Viper" (which is a prototype of Venom) is being distributed at a charity event held by WellZyn and Wayne Enterprises. Gordon shoots the canister on the roof and former WellZyn employee Stan Potolsky (Daniel London) is exposed, jumping off as he suggests they check out Warehouse 39, where Gordon and Bullock later find nothing. As Mooney makes plans to conspire against Falcone with her lover and Russian mob boss Nikolai, a disguised Liza visits him in the park where she shares her opera music with him.
#6 "Spirit of the Goat" October 27, 2014
Ten years ago, a masked killer calling himself the "Spirit of the Goat" targeted the first born of Gotham City's elite. The Goat targets a girl named Shelley Lawson, which leads a younger Bullock and his partner Detective Dix (Dan Hedaya) to try and rescue her. When Lawson is found dead, they find the killer, Randall Milkie, who claims that "Randall Milkie is dead" as he tries to attack them. Milkie is shot down by Bullock after Dix falls through a trap door and ends up badly injured. Ten years later, Bullock finds Robert Hastings' daughter, Amanda, murdered by someone with the same "Goat" motive. Upon surgery, Harvey sees a penny inside her neck, Milkie's trademark, which only he and Dix knew, which meant that he was not an imposter. They find out that Hastings' psychotherapist Dr. Marks (Susan Misner) hypnotized both Milkie and the new killer to become the Goat to scare Gotham City's rich and corrupt. The "murder" of Cobblepot is also investigated, with Gordon the prime suspect as Montoya and Allen finally find a witness near the river. When they attempt to arrest Gordon and Bullock, Cobblepot enters the police station, causing friction between Bullock and Gordon.
#7 "Penguin's Umbrella" November 3, 2014
Gordon takes Barbara to the bus station, telling her to leave Gotham. Cobblepot leads Carbone and two other henchmen to Nikolai's hideout, killing him and Carbone. The escalating mob war is put down with a land trade between the two mafia families. A drunken Bullock re-evaluates his choice for helping Gordon, and the two partners attempt to arrest the mayor and Falcone, but they give up when it is revealed that Falcone and hitman Victor Zsasz have Barbara, who had come back to try and negotiate with Falcone for Gordon. As Falcone later tends to his chickens, Cobblepot visits him, and Falcone tells him that everything is going as Cobblepot predicted. In a flashback to the night they had met Gordon, it is shown that Cobblepot and Falcone had formed a deal, in which Falcone would place Gordon in charge of killing Cobblepot, giving Cobblepot a chance at surviving, and in exchange, Cobblepot would forge an alliance with Maroni, snitching for Falcone. Cobblepot tells Falcone that Mooney and Nikolai are conspiring against him.
#8 "The Mask" November 10, 2014
Bruce returns to school, where he has some trouble with the students, including Tommy Elliot (Cole Vallis), who made fun of his parents' death and asks Alfred to teach him how to defend himself. Gordon and Bullock investigate Richard Sionis (Todd Stashwick) who is hosting an illegal and deadly fight club where the victims are those who applied for Sionis Investments. Meanwhile, Liza's loyalty to Fish Mooney begins to falter when she learns of Mooney's plan to eventually kill Don Falcone, but Mooney presses her to steal a ledger from the Falcone's office that may be used to incriminate him. When Gordon is caught at the site of the fight club, Bullock asks GCPD for help finding Gordon. After "The Mask" and those involved are arrested, Gordon is informed by Detective Alvarez that Selina was apprehended after robbing a dress store.
#9 "Harvey Dent" November 17, 2014
Gordon has Selina placed at Wayne Manor for her safety. During a prison transport from Blackgate Penitentiary to St. Mark Psychiatric Hospital, insane bomb maker Ian Hargrove (Leslie Odom, Jr.) is taken by the Russian mob, who are working against Falcone following Nikolai's death. Gordon meets with Harvey Dent, who suspects tycoon Dick Lovecraft may be behind the Wayne murders. When Gordon and Bullock find Hargrove at an abandoned metal factory, they are ambushed by Russian mob thugs who make off with Hargrove. Manipulated by Fish Mooney, the new Russian boss Gregor Kasyanov (Steve Cirbus) and his crew targets Falcone's cache of money, but when a police standoff ensues, the Russians' armored truck explodes via remote control by Butch Gilzean. Oswald visits Liza at her apartment, telling her that he knows that she is a spy for Fish and that he won't tell Falcone. At a press conference, Mayor James states that Arkham Asylum will be reopened to house the criminally insane, including Ian Hargrove. Later that night, Gordon leaves a message on Barbara's phone, unaware that she has gone back to sleeping with Renee Montoya.
#10 "Lovecraft" November 24, 2014
Assassins led by Copperhead infiltrate Wayne Manor, but Alfred fends them off, allowing Bruce and Selina to escape. Alfred seeks Gordon and Bullock help to find the pair. Cobblepot tells Falcone that there is a mole working for him within Mooney's ranks. Dent suspects Dick Lovecraft hired the assassins. Meanwhile, Falcone kills Irish gangster Bannion for failing to guard the armory, and increases the tribute to be paid to him by all of his gang leaders and mafiosi. Selina tells Bruce that the assassins were after her, not him, and leads him to an underground area used as a mall for street kids. They see Ivy Pepper, who tells Selina that her fence Clyde is operating in the Narrows. Gordon finds Lovecraft, who claims those after Selina are also after him and gives Gordon some files about the Wayne Enterprise stocks. The two are attacked by the same assassins who kill Lovecraft and knock Gordon unconscious. Bruce and Selina visit Clyde, only to be grabbed by his associates. The assassins arrive to claim Selina, but she knocks one out, just as Bullock and Alfred arrive. Copperhead stalks Bruce, demanding to know where Selina is. Clyde and those involved are arrested. Following Lovecraft's "suicide", Mayor James reassigns Gordon to Arkham Asylum. Selina kisses Bruce.
#11 "Rogues' Gallery" January 5, 2015
After the death of Dick Lovecraft, James Gordon was reassigned to guard duty at Arkham Asylum where he works under the asylum's director Dr. Gerry Lang (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.). During his first week, investigates a series of attacks on prisoners with the help of Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin). Meanwhile, Mooney discusses her plan to overthrow Don Falcone with underboss Jimmy Saviano. Saviano thinks he should be the new boss but Mooney is sure she is the best candidate. Oswald Cobblepot is arrested by the police for trying to further extort some dock workers already paying protection money to Sal Maroni. Gordon, Bullock, and Essen discover that the person attacking prisoners was Jack Gruber (Christopher Heyerdahl), who then escapes from Arkham with his associate Aaron Helzinger (Kevin McCormick), after killing several guards and Dr. Lang. Cobblepot is eventually bailed out by Maroni who initiated the arrest to teach Cobblepot a lesson about hubris. Saviano tries to get Butch Gilzean to join his crew and renounce Mooney, but Gilzean kills Saviano instead.
#12 "What the Little Bird Told Him"
January 19, 2015
Jack Gruber and Aaron Helzinger escape from Arkham Asylum and are on a rampage through Gotham. James Gordon promises the Commissioner he will arrest Gruber within 24 hours and he is reinstated as a detective for that time. Edward Nygma tells Gordon and Bullock that Jack Gruber is an alias of Jack Buchinsky, a former bank robber for the mafia who was betrayed by Salvatore Maroni. Fish Mooney makes her move against Falcone and "abducts" Liza. Gordon and Bullock put Maroni under protective custody to use as bait to attract Buchinsky to the police station. Falcone discovers that Mooney is behind Liza's abduction, and is offered a deal. Falcone is to sign his crime family over to Mooney's gang in exchange for the opportunity for him and Liza to leave for Italy. Buchinsky attacks the police station in search of Maroni. Gordon, protected by rubber boots provided by Nygma, is immune to the initial attack and thwarts Buchinsky's bomb. Before Falcone goes through with the deal, Cobblepot informs him that Liza was always working for Mooney. Falcone confronts Mooney and Liza at the former's club, and strangles Liza to death. Victor Zsasz and several mercenaries working for Falcone then take both Mooney and Butch Gilzean prisoner, while the Don gives Cobblepot a chance to mock his former boss, as he has inherited her nightclub as well as what is left of her gang. For living up to his end of the deal, Gordon is reinstated as a detective.
#13 "Welcome Back, Jim Gordon"
Jan 26, 2015
In an unknown location, Fish Mooney is strapped to a stretcher where Falcone's top servant Bob will be in charge of torturing her. Bullock introduces Gordon to Arnold Flass. The three meet with a night janitor named Leon Winkler who was a witness in a public homicide. When at the police station, Winkler is visited by a mysterious person who kills him. Edward Nygma states that the weapon used on Winkler was an ice pick. Gordon suspects that a cop is behind this as Sarah Essen tells him not to take action without her say-so. Upon returning from Switzerland, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth encounter Ivy Pepper who has been sent to carry a message to Selina Kyle. Gilzean manages to free himself and severely beats Bob, then frees Fish Mooney. In the archives, Flass mocks Nygma's crush on Kristen Kringle. Gordon visits Cobblepot at the nightclub, where he meets Cobblepot's mother, Gertrud. Gordon asks Cobblepot if he has any information about Flass. Victor Zsasz finds Bob and kills him before informing Falcone. Bruce is visited by Selina and gives her a snow globe. Selina wants Bruce to distance himself from her, and now claims she did not see the face of the man who killed his parents. Gordon eventually finds evidence that exposes Flass' involvement in Winkler's death as Flass is arrested. Mooney leaves town to lay low but vows to take revenge against Cobblepot.
#14 "The Fearsome Dr. Crane" Feb 2, 2015
James Gordon and Harvey Bullock investigate a serial killer who is targeting members of a fear support group and extracting their adrenal glands as he uses their greatest fear against them. After a brief encounter with Selina Kyle, Gordon visits Bruce who, in light of Selena's recent claim of false witness towards his parents' killer's identity, absolves Gordon of his promise to find him. Gordon and Bullock discover that the serial killer is Gerald Crane (Julian Sands), the father of Jonathan Crane, who had been posing as "Todd", a member of the same support group as his victims. They are able to save one of his victims but Crane evades capture. Meanwhile, Maroni discovers from Fish Mooney that Cobblepot has been working against him and tries to kill him at his cabin upstate, but Cobblepot escapes Maroni's wrath and returns to Gotham in a church bus. At the GCPD, Edward Nygma frames the medical examiner Dr. Guerra for hoarding body parts after Guerra has him suspended by Essen for his repeated corpse probing. After Dr. Guerra is suspended, Gordon informs Leslie Tompkins (who he is now dating) that a job as the GCPD medical examiner has opened up. Mooney tries to leave Gotham City by boat, but the boat is attacked by mercenaries where one of them engages Mooney in a climactic charge.
#15 "The Scarecrow" February 9, 2015
When Gerald Crane targets another victim, James Gordon and Harvey Bullock investigate his background and discover that he was a biology teacher whose wife died in a fire accident that he was too scared to rescue her from. Believing that fear is a human flaw, he harvested adrenal glands in order to use them to create a fear serum that makes people see their greatest fears, hoping that it will help them face and overcome them. Meanwhile, Fish Mooney is abducted by the mercenaries and taken to a rowdy prison-like area. Bruce Wayne goes on a treacherous hike. Falcone tells Cobblepot to renovate Fish's nightclub as his own before speaking to Maroni about him - Maroni agrees to let Cobblepot live in exchange for having a judge placed in his pocket. James and Harvey track Crane down to his home, where after injecting his son Jonathan with the fear serum, he is killed in a gunfight. Jonathan is rushed to the hospital afterwards. Mooney kills the leader of the prisoners named Mace and then takes his place upon finding out the prisoners are being harvested for organs. At the opening of Oswald's (the newly-renovated Fish Mooney's), Don Maroni arrives with his entourage and promises Cobblepot that once Falcone dies, he will kill him. At the hospital, the doctor says to Gordon that due to the amount of serum injected into him, Jonathan may never stop seeing his greatest fear, which in his case are animated scarecrows.
#16 "The Blind Fortune Teller" Feb 16, 2015
Barbara Kean returns to Gotham to discover Ivy Pepper and Selina Kyle in her apartment. Elsewhere, Fish Mooney plans to save herself and the other prisoners when they discover that they were kidnapped so that their organs can be harvested. When a snake dancer at Haly's Circus named Lila Valeska is murdered, James Gordon and Leslie Tompkins investigate as the Flying Graysons and the Lloyds are suspects. An old psychic named Paul Cicero approaches Gordon, claiming to have received a message from the dead dancer. James is skeptical and thinks the psychic is covering up for the killer. Upon deducing that her son, Jerome (Cameron Monaghan), is the killer and Cicero is his father, Jerome has a psychotic breakdown and confesses to the murder claiming to have hated her for her insistent "nagging." When customers begin to steadily decrease at Oswald Cobblepot's newly obtained club, Zsasz gives Cobblepot a tortured and brainwashed Butch Gilzean who he says is knowledgeable when it comes to maintaining clubs and has been been "working on him" for days. Taking advice from Selina and Ivy, Barbara attempts to re-unite with James but is enraged when she sees him kissing Leslie, though neither of them notice her. Bruce holds a board meeting at Wayne Enterprises and voices concern to the executives that the company is involved with illegal activities. John Grayson and Mary Lloyd get engaged after the dispute between the two families are resolved. Mooney tells the lead captor at the prison named Thomas Schmidt that she would like to meet with his boss.
#17 "Red Hood" February 23, 2015
A group of five bandits hits up a bank with concealment over their faces and one of them wearing a red hood, stealing from the bank itself and dispersing some of the money to ensure their escape. When Gordon and Bullock speak to the bank's employees, they realize this was a pro job and they had scouted the place last week to determine their timing. Tracking down one of the thieves from security footage, they find the thief Gus Floyd (Michael Goldsmith) dead and his hood gone, taken by Clyde Destro (Jonny Coyne). Meanwhile, Oswald's is still struggling especially once it runs out of alcohol which is sold to the club by Maroni. So Butch uses some cops on his payroll to seize much of Maroni's supply for Cobblepot. Barbara begins to bond with Selina Kyle and Ivy Pepper. The Red Hood Gang hits another bank using the same MO. With the assistance of a witness, Gordon and Bullock track down Destro, finding him wounded by a third member who took the mask. Fish meets with the unnamed prison manager (Jeffrey Combs) as his boss Dr. Francis Dulmacher is currently away. As the manager tries to prepare to have Mooney's eyes removed, Fish removes her own left eye and destroys it to keep it out of their hands before passing out. An old friend of Alfred's named Reginald Price (David O'Hara) arrives at Wayne Manor homeless and unemployed and he gets taken in for a day. However, when Alfred catches him stealing from the study, Price stabs Alfred and flees. Bruce finds Alfred wounded. Identifying the next bank target, the GCPD surprises the Red Hood Gang who are gunned down in a shootout with the police. Gordon is then told about what happened to Alfred and visits Bruce in Alfred's hospital room. Reginald reports to Molly Mathis and the Wayne Enterprises board about the suspicions that Bruce had found on them. While the police aren't looking, the red hood is found by an unknown child.
#18 "Everyone Has A Cobblepot" March 2, 2015
At the hospital, Alfred struggles from his wounds but refuses to implicate Payne. When Selina Kyle approaches Bruce, he tells her that some files were stolen by Payne and that Bruce intends to find him. Gordon and Harvey Dent investigate the sudden release of Arnold Flass by Commisioner Loeb. Bullock reveals that Loeb has been collecting information on police officers who have committed mob murders, which Loeb uses to blackmail them. He uses Bullock's case of murdering a mobster to make him falsely confess to providing illegitimate evidence against Flass. Investigating, Gordon reveals that Loeb has ties with Falcone. With the help of Oswald Cobblepot, who agrees in return for an eventual favor, Gordon and Bullock investigate Loeb's uptown farm, where they find Loeb's psychotic daughter Miriam. After Miriam confesses to the murder of her mother, Gordon uses that information to terminate Bullock's case by blackmailing Loeb. Meanwhile, Fish Mooney meets the Dollmaker (Colm Feore), who provides her with a new eye and allows her to prove herself in order to become his right hand woman. Later, Fish discovers that the prison facility is situated on an isolated island off the European Coast.
#19 "Beasts of Prey" April 13, 2015
Gordon is brought into the investigation of a serial killer called "The Ogre" (Milo Ventimiglia). Bruce still goes after Payne with Selina's help. Reginald confesses that he was hired by Wayne Enterprises Board of Directors. When he claims to tell them that Bruce is coming after them, Selina pushes him off the window, presumably killing him. Gordon and Bullock investigate a cold case murder. Upon Nygma discovering a painting of a broken heart as the key evidence Bullock realizes that the Ogre is behind the murder. Harvey then states that everyone who tried to investigate Ogre lost their loved ones. A flashback of a victimized girl reveals killer's motives and him keeping her prisoner for some time to realize she isn't fit with his desire, so he kills her. Meanwhile, Oswald negotiates with the bar's owner (Alaska McFadden) to do business, but his real intention is to kill Maroni in this bar. Mooney succeeds to escape with the rest of the crew from Dollmaker's island, but was shot during the takeoff by the Catcher. It is revealed that Gordon was set up by Commissioner Loeb, but Gordon still goes after the killer and threatens Loeb that he will be next.
#20 "Under the Knife"April 20, 2015
The "Ogre" calls Gordon and threatens to kill someone he loves if Gordon does not stop the investigation. Gordon and Bullock investigate the first victim of the killer. Following the incident with Reggie, Bruce and Selina attend the Wayne Enterprises' Charity Ball with Barbara Kean where Selina steals keys from Sid Banderslaw (Michael Potts), one of the Directors who sent Reginald Payne to Wayne Manor. Cobblepot allies himself with Irish mob boss O'Connor with hopes of killing Maroni, but Sal pays a visit to the club where he reveals to Oswald's mother that her son is a killer. Oswald swears to Maroni that he will pay. Nygma tries to protect Kristin Kryngle from her boyfriend Tom Dougherty, but goes too far when he stabs him a dozen times and has a psychotic breakdown. Gordon, Bullock, and Essen identifiy the killer as Jason Skolimsky, the son of Constance van Groot's butler Jakob Skolimsky (Daniel Davis) who went under the van Groot last name only to be rejected by his adoptive mother Constance. Because of this, he changed his face and identity in a local hospital where he found his first victim. To his horror, Gordon realizes that the "Ogre" knew about him from the Charity Gallery which Gordon visited a long time ago with Barbara meaning that she is the target. Upon learning from Selina that Barbara is not there, Gordon works to find her. At his apartment, the "Ogre" shows Barbara his BDSM lair.
#21 "The Anvil or the Hammer" April 27, 2015
The "Ogre" confesses to Barbara his true intentions about her since their first encounter and holds her prisoner until he asks her to name his next victim, or she will die. Nygma disposes of officer Dougherty's body in his lab and writes a letter to Kristin Kringle about her boyfriend "left town". Cobblepot betrays the O'Connor duo, leading to Maroni killing them and believing Falcone is behind the assassination. During the investigation Gordon and Bullock locate his apartment at Gotham Royal Hotel, but he and Barbara left for her parents' mansion, where Jason kills them both. Gordon and Bullock arrive the house of Barbara's parents. After a brutal fight with Jim, Ogre holds Barbara at knifepoint until he was distracted by Bullock and shot in the head by Jim. Later, Jim confesses to Leslie that he no longer loves Barbara. Several crimes and killings committed by Maroni and his mafia alert Captain Essen, so she calls all officers of GCPD to remain on duty during the upcoming gang war.
#22 "All Happy Families Are Alike" May 4, 2015
The mob war between Falcone and Maroni escalates with mobsters on both sides being arrested. Barbara, following Ogre's death, undergoes trauma counseling with Leslie. When Falcone is hospitalized during an ambush, Oswald Cobblepot and Butch arrive to kill him with a plan to take his place only to be stopped by James. With Bullock's help, Gordon gets Falcone, Cobblepot, and Butch away from Maroni's men and to a safe house where Fish Mooney's new gang (with Selina Kyle amongst its recruits) abduct them. Mooney makes a deal with Maroni for Falcone's head, but Maroni acts disrespectful and sexist towards her causing her to shoot him in the head. Maroni's men and Mooney's gang start fighting while Gordon, Bullock, Falcone, and Cobblepot break free, but Selina and some of Mooney's gang recapture them. Cobblepot arrives and provides cover fire as he plans to take on Mooney. While Gordon and Bullock escape with Falcone, Cobblepot pursues Mooney which leads to a rooftop fight as Gilzean arrives. Gilzean starts having mental pains, causing him to shoot them both. Cobblepot knocks out Gilzean and throws Fish off the rooftop into the water below, declaring his victory. During this time, Barbara tries to kill Leslie, forcing her to neutralize her in self defense just as Gordon, Bullock, and Falcone arrive. Kristen Kringle confronts Edward Nygma about Tom's death which Nygma claims to have no knowledge of. Falcone gives Gordon a knife that his father left him as he leaves for the South to go into retirement, parting on good terms. Bruce Wayne finds a device in one of the books that reveals secret stairs behind the fireplace.
On January 17th 2015, Gotham was renewed for a second season.
#1 "Damned If You Do..." - September 21, 2015
Gordon is fired by Commissioner Loeb following his demotion for his role in Carmine Falcone's escape in the previous episode, while Bullock resigns from the police. Still determined to clean up the corruption in the police department, Gordon makes a deal with Cobblepot, who is now Gotham City's boss of organized crime. Cobblepot forces Loeb to reinstate Gordon as a detective and resign as police commissioner, being replaced by Essen, after Gordon does Cobblepot a favour by collecting a debt from and eventually killing a strip club owner who owed the Falcone Crime Family money. Meanwhile, several inmates of Arkham Asylum including Barbara Kean, Aaron Helzinger, Jerome Valeska, Arnold Dobkins, Richard Sionis and Robert Greenwood are broken out of the asylum by criminal mastermind Theo Galavan (James Frain) and his sister and enforcer, Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas). They all agree to join forces with Theo to wreak havoc in Gotham, except for Sionis, who is murdered for his refusal. Bruce and Alfred discover a secret room at the end of the staircase, containing a note from Thomas Wayne advising Bruce to choose happiness over the truth unless he feels he has a true calling, as the truths in Thomas' secret office could change his life.
#2 "Knock, Knock" - September 28, 2015
Bruce Wayne attempts to turn on his father's computer, but it is smashed by Alfred before it is able to boot up, claiming that he was doing it to protect Wayne from the truth. Wayne fires Alfred, but changes his mind when Alfred agrees to physically train him so he can find his parents' killer. Alfred enlists the help of Lucius Fox in order to fix the computer and help with Bruce's mission. Theo Galavan kidnaps the mayor and places Jerome in charge of the other Arkham escapees, who now call themselves "the Maniax." The escapees begin a murder spree for the sake of publicity, per an elaborate scheme of Theo's. The Maniax infiltrate the precinct and take down the GCPD, slaughtering nearly everyone in the building, including Commissioner Essen. Edward Nygma is wounded saving Kristen Kringle during the massacre. Following the massacre, Harvey Bullock reunites with the GCPD in order to put an end to the Maniax's reign of terror, despite the wishes of his fiancée.
#3 "The Last Laugh" - October 5, 2015
With the GCPD still recovering from the massacre inflicted by the Maniax, Gordon and Bullock start searching for Jerome. They decide to check the home of Jerome's father, Paul Cicero. They arrive just after Cicero is murdered by Jerome but Jerome manages to escape. Elsewhere, Theo Galavan reveals the next stage of his plan as Barbara has a romantic encounter with Tabitha. Theo states that his family built Gotham and that he will get revenge on those who stole the credit for doing so. As the plan moves forward, Theo attends a charity event that Alfred, Bruce and Leslie Tompkins also attend. Despite Gordon's efforts, Jerome and Barbara take the charity attendants hostage, per Theo's plan following the murder of Deputy Mayor Harrison Kane (Norm Lewis). When Theo attempts to act like he is stopping Jerome with the goal of making himself look like a hero, Jerome betrays Theo and attempts to kill Bruce. Theo then stabs Jerome in the neck and kills him, fulfilling his goal. Later, several Gotham citizens see Jerome's actions on television and begin having mental breakdowns. At Theo's home, he is kissed by Barbara as a jealous Tabitha watches in secret. Bullock pays a visit to Oswald Cobblepot, threatening to beat him if he approaches Gordon for a favor again.
#4 "Strike Force" - October 12, 2015
Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis), the new captain of the GCPD, arrives with the goal of cleaning up the police department and the city's corruption. With the help of Gordon, who he makes his new second-in-command, Barnes recruits several aspiring police trainees from the Police Academy in order to form an alpha team strike force to help set his goal into motion. With Mayor Aubrey James still missing from the public and Deputy Mayor Harrison Kane dead, Councillor Janice Caulfield (Saundra Santiago) and teamster boss Randall Hobbs (Michael Mulheren) begin to run for office as a new mayor election begins. Theo Galavan kidnaps Cobblepot's mother and blackmails Cobblepot into murdering all of the candidates so that Theo can run for office unchallenged. After Cobblepot kills Janice Caulfield, Randall Hobbs escapes death at the hands of Victor Zsasz with the help of the GCPD strike force. When Selina Kyle begins looking for Bruce at his prep school, she is warned by Alfred to stay away from Bruce after what she did to Reggie. Shortly afterwards, Bruce meets with Theo to thank him for saving his life. During the meeting, Bruce has an encounter with Theo's niece, Silver St. Cloud (Natalie Alyn Lind), and is informed by Galavan that Cloud will be attending his school. After agreeing to go on a date with Edward Nygma, Kristen Kringle and Nygma bond in a romantic encounter. As Cobblepot begins to have Butch Gilzean search for the location of his mother, Captain Nathaniel Barnes informs the strike force that Cobblepot will be their next target.
#5 "Scarification" - October 19, 2015
The Galavans kidnap Sid Bunderslaw and remove one of his eyes to gain access to a safe in a building owned by Wayne Enterprises. Through Selina Kyle, Cobblepot and Gilzean enlists the help of an infamous family of arsonists called the Pike brothers to ensure Theo's goal is reached. After another hit on Cobblepot's illegal business by the GCPD strike force, Gordon kills one of the Pikes, forcing the rest to use their stepsister Bridgit (Michelle Veintimilla), to sneak inside a Wayne Enterprises building and steal an old knife that belonged to the Wayne family. Theo asks Gordon to support his candidacy for mayor, but Gordon declines. Cobblepot discovers the history behind the knife: in the 19th century it was used by Jonathan Wayne, Bruce's ancestor, to punish Caleb Dumas for his alleged sexual abuse towards Celestine Wayne, Jonathan's sister. After the Wayne's erased the Dumas name from history, the surviving members were exiled as punishment. They changed their names to Galavan, leading their descendants, Theo and Tabitha, to seek revenge on the Waynes by killing their last descendant, Bruce. Cobblepot plans to use this information to blackmail Theo and free his mother. During another heist, the Pike Brothers abandon Bridgit as Gordon and Bullock attempt to stop the Pikes and she is forced to flee with Selina's help, accidentally killing a member of the strike force. Desperate, Gordon agrees to support Theo if he can help GCPD to clean up Gotham. Theo is visited by Father Creel (Ron Rifkin), who states that their revenge on the Waynes is soon at hand and that Bruce will be dead.
#6 "By Fire" - October 26, 2015
After moving away from the Pike brothers and in with Selina Kyle, Bridgit Pike is abducted and further abused by the Pike Brothers after attempting to leave Gotham City. Bridgit snaps and murders the other Pike Brothers, beginning a crime spree. After a visit to Selina's hideout, Gordon and Bullock arrive at the Pike Brothers apartment where they find them dead. Theo Galavan continues to lure Bruce Wayne, this time offering to help clean up the corruption at Wayne Enterprises. Butch Gilzean discovers the location of Cobblepot's mother and Cobblepot begins to rally a rescue party. Bridgit Pike is incapacitated in a struggle with the GCPD strike force, publicly announced to be dead much to the dismay of Selina. In all actuality, Kristen Kringle learns that Edward Nygma murdered Officer Dougherty. In an attempt to keep Kringle from telling anyone, Nygma accidentally strangles her, killing her. Meanwhile Pike is alive but her entire body is burned. She is taken to Indian Hill where the underground division of Wayne Enterprises is where they secretly performs inhumane experiments on super-powered beings. It is stated that the body armor she uses melts onto her, rendering her fireproof.
#7 "Mommy's Little Monster" - Nov. 2, 2015
Butch Gilzean leads Cobblepot to the location of his mother, where Theo Galavan and Tabitha Galavan are waiting. Now cured of his programming, Gilzean betrays Cobblepot and Tabitha Galavan murders his mother (who though aware of her son's activities still claims him to be a good boy), though Cobblepot manages to escape, vowing to kill Theo in revenge. Galavan, now elected mayor, convinces the GCPD and the public that Cobblepot assaulted him and Galavan has Harvey Dent obtain a warrant for Cobblepot's arrest. Gordon begins to suspect that Galavan is framing Cobblepot and tracks down Butch Gilzean. In an interrogation, Gilzean reveals that Theo has been blackmailing Cobblepot and that he murdered Cobblepot's mother. Later that night, Theo attends his victory celebration at which the GCPD are secretly stationed, ready to capture Cobblepot if he arrives. Cobblepot and his henchmen show up, but Cobblepot is quickly ambushed by Gordon. Theo attempts to convince Gordon to shoot Cobblepot, but Cobblepot narrowly escapes. Gordon informs Theo that he is determined to expose his corruption. Elsewhere, Tabitha murders a member of the GCPD strike force. Following the death of Kristen Kringle, Edward Nygma's mental state worsens as his split personality attempts to convince him that he enjoys getting away with murder. Both of Nygma's personalities then merge.
#8 "Tonight's the Night" - November 9, 2015
Theo Galavan gives Barbara permission to kill Gordon and also offers Bruce a proposition: Bruce sells his controlling position in Wayne Enterprises to Theo and, in return, Theo gives Bruce the information about his parent's killer and the culprits responsible. Barbara walks inside the GCPD and Gordon suggests he risk himself to find more information about Galavan. While en route to an unknown location on Barbara's instructions, the squad car is assaulted by Tabitha and her crew. Gordon wakes up in Gotham Cathedral, where he and Barbara were going to have their wedding before their break-up. The Strike Force discovers Gordon's location, thanks to the help of Bullock. While the Strike Force engages Tabitha's crew and rescues Leslie (who was somehow kidnapped by Tabitha), Gordon briefly fights Barbara, leading to Barbara hanging outside the church and falling, resulting in severe injuries. Following information obtained by Barbara, GCPD rescue Aubrey James from his abduction. Bruce declines Theo's proposition just as Gordon arrives and arrests Theo, who destroys the evidence on the Waynes' killer. Meanwhile, while trying to bury Kristen Kringle, Nygma discovers an injured and exhausted Penguin, who asks Nygma for help.
#9 "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" - Nov. 16, 2015
Tabitha goes to an underground killer agency and pays to have James Gordon assassinated. Bruce tries to get information about his parents' killer from Silver, but is stopped by Alfred, who orders Silver to stay away from Bruce. When Bruce tries to sneak out, he is stopped by Selina, who claims she has evidence that Silver is not who she claims to be. Gordon and Barnes investigate Theo's condo for evidence. The killers arrive; Gordon and Barnes manage to fend them off, but Barnes is severely injured. Police reinforcements arrive, but are eliminated by another hired killer named Eduardo Flamingo (Raúl Castillo). After coming close to killing him, Gordon arrests Flamingo, but, before being placed in his cell, Flamingo kills another officer. Meanwhile, Edward Nygma persuades Oswald Cobblepot to move on from the death of his mother and the both of them kill one of Theo's kidnapped henchmen in celebration. The Order of Saint Dumas arrives in Gotham City.
#10 "The Son of Gotham" - November 23, 2015
Bruce and Silver are kidnapped by Tom "The Knife" (Tommy Flanagan). He manipulates Silver into seemingly revealing the name of Bruce's parents' killer after being paid by Bruce and Selina. She says that the killer's name is "M. Malone" but later claims that she lied. Galavan is released after Mayor James' lies, stating that Galavan did not kidnap him, framing Penguin instead. Gordon is captured by Theo, who reveals the history of his family to Gordon, but Gordon is rescued by Cobblepot and Gabe. Alfred grows suspicious of Bruce's whereabouts and searches Theo's residence, where he is wounded in a fight with Tabitha, which he narrowly escapes. When Leslie notices Kristen Kringle's absence, Nygma is forced to lie to her, claiming that Kringle left town with Officer Dougherty. Theo breaks into Wayne Manor and kidnaps Bruce, as part of the Order of St. Dumas' plan to "cleanse" Gotham.
#11 "Worse Than a Crime" - November 30, 2015
James Gordon wakes up in Edward Nygma's house only to learn from Oswald Cobblepot that he is now a fugitive from the law for assaulting Theo Galavan and never returning to the GCPD despite a documented arrest. Gordon and Cobblepot begin making plans to break into Theo's residence and save Bruce Wayne. After being questioned by Barnes on Gordon's whereabouts, Leslie secretly learns of Gordon's location from Nygma. After finding Gordon, Leslie attempts to persuade him to turn himself to the GCPD by informing him that she is pregnant. Nygma informs Alfred, Bullock and Lucius Fox of Gordon's location. Gordon, Bullock, Alfred, Selina Kyle, Cobblepot and his gang all arrive at Galavan's residence just as the Order of Saint Dumas is about to kill Bruce. During a clash between the Order and Cobblepot's gang in which the Order is defeated, Theo, Tabitha, and Silver St. Cloud begin to make their escape. After being bullied by Theo, Tabitha and Silver escape but leave Theo behind. Cobblepot convinces Gordon that Theo might never be convicted and the two take Theo to the docks and murder him. Later, Gordon finds Leslie and proposes to her. Theo's body is discovered by Wayne Enterprises, who take the corpse to Indian Hill where Fish Mooney's body is also being kept. The scientists state that Theo's body is to be experimented on by Professor Hugo Strange.
Wrath of the Villains:
#12 "Mr. Freeze" - February 29, 2016
Several months following the death of Theo Galavan, Gordon is called in for questioning and Cobblepot is arrested. Gordon and Cobblepot lie to the police, stating that Cobblepot murdered Galavan and Gordon was not involved. Gordon is reinstated into the GCPD, while Cobblepot falsely justifies his actions as the result of mental illness. Cobblepot is sent to Arkham Asylum, where he becomes a patient of Hugo Strange (B. D. Wong), the Chief of Psychiatry. Butch Gilzean takes over Cobblepot's criminal empire. Gordon and Bullock begin investigating a kidnapping and murder spree, unaware that a scientist named Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow) is the culprit. Fries has been experimenting on freezing and re-animating humans so that he can freeze his terminally ill wife Nora (Kristen Hager) until he can find a cure for her disease. When the police target Fries as a suspect, they discover his laboratory while he's away and arrest his wife. After learning of the arrest, Victor Fries attempts to turn himself in before finally discovering which of his serums can successfully reanimate a human being. Professor Strange learns of the experiments and begins making plans to recruit Fries for Indian Hill.
#13 "A Dead Man Feels No Cold" - March 7, 2016
At Arkham Asylum, Professor Strange begins overseeing intensive treatments meant to reduce Oswald Cobblepot's aggressive tendencies. Upon learning that Nora is being sent to the medical wing at Arkham Asylum, Victor Fries builds an armoured suit. Fries arrives at the asylum and, after fighting through security and the police, he manages to escape with Nora. Elsewhere, Bruce Wayne researches a lead, believing to have discovered that the man who killed his parents is Patrick "Matches" Malone. James Gordon deduces that Victor Fries will return to his home laboratory in order to freeze Nora and the police surround Fries' home to find that Gordon is correct. In the laboratory, Nora blames herself for the deaths that Fries caused. Fries attempts to cryogenically freeze her, only to learn that Nora switched the formula when he wasn't looking. Nora dies as a result. Distraught by Nora's death, Fries attempts to commit suicide by freezing himself. Fries is publicly pronounced dead, despite having survived the process. Fries wakes up in Indian Hill to discover that he can no longer survive outside of subzero temperatures. Fries meets Professor Strange, who offers him an alliance as a fellow scientist. Fries states that he wishes he died with Nora, but Strange assures Fries that this could be a new beginning for him.
#14 "This Ball of Mud and Meanness"
March 14, 2016
Bruce receives a gun from Selina and goes on the hunt for Patrick Malone with Alfred. To get the information, Alfred is forced to fight in the underground fight club, which puts Alfred in the hospital. After Bruce goes on the hunt for himself, Alfred contacts Gordon and Bullock so they can save Bruce before he could be killed. Bruce locates Malone, who later seemingly confirms he is responsible for the murder of Bruce's parents. He asks Bruce to kill him, but Bruce holds back at the last moment, and yet leaves the gun behind, allowing Malone to commit suicide. Later, in the cave, Alfred reads Bruce's letter about him moving to the streets to learn how to fight crime. Meanwhile, Leslie asks Gordon to investigate Kristen Kringle's sudden disappearance. When Nygma is informed, he swears to outsmart Gordon. After running a few more tests on Cobblepot, Hugo Strange declares him sane and releases him from Arkham, although states he still has plans for Cobblepot.
#15 "Mad Grey Dawn" - March 21, 2016
Upon being released from Arkham Asylum, Oswald Cobblepot visits the grave of his deceased mother. There, he crosses paths with Elijah Van Dahl (Paul Reubens). After informing Dahl that he is the son of Gertrude Kapelput, Dahl reveals that he is Cobblepot's father. Dahl had an affair with Gertrude decades in the past, but the two were separated by Dahl's disapproving family. Dahl welcomes Cobblepot into his family. Paranoid that Gordon suspects him of killing Kristen Kringle, Edward disguises himself and begins a series of crimes that involve brain teasers. As Gordon begins solving these crimes, Nygma kills a member of the GCPD strike force, informs the GCPD that Gordon killed Galavan while pretending to be said officer, and frames Gordon for the murder. Believing Gordon to have murdered the officer to keep him from testifying, the GCPD arrests Gordon. After a trial, Gordon is determined guilty and sent to Blackgate Penitentiary. Selina Kyle teaches Bruce Wayne how to survive on the streets as they steal money from Butch Gilzean's nephew, physically beating the nephew in the process.
#16 "Prisoners" - March 28, 2016
Gordon is adjusting to life in Blackgate Penitentiary. Warden Carlson Grey (Ned Bellamy) announces to Gordon that he will be transferred to the gen-pop quarter dubbed "the World's End," part of Grey's plan to kill Gordon. He's constantly aided by guard Wilson Bishop (Marc Damon Johnson). Gordon is told by Bullock that Lee has lost their baby and left town. Later, he is defended from attackers by convict Peter "Puck" Davies (Peter Mark Kendall), who is beaten and sent to the infirmary. In an attempt to save Gordon, Bullock meets with Falcone. Gordon's death is successfully staged and he and Puck escape. Puck dies from his injuries, while Gordon is given a safe house so he can clear his name and find Lee. Meanwhile, Cobblepot reveals his criminal past to Dahl, for which Dahl forgives him. Dahl is told by the doctor that his heart defect is infected and he has little time to live. Upset that Cobblepot may receive what they perceive to be "their" inheritance, Dahl's wife Grace and her children Sasha and Charles poison a drink for Cobblepot to ingest. However, Dahl drinks from the bottle and dies, after stating to Cobblepot his intentions of changing his will in favor of him.
#17 "Into the Woods" - April 11, 2016
James Gordon continues to flee the law as he tries to clear his name. When Gordon secretly approaches Edward Nygma for help, he deduces that Nygma framed him. Nygma electrocutes Gordon into unconsciousness, but Gordon awakes just as Nygma is preparing to stuff him in a car trunk. Gordon asks Selina Kyle to report to the GCPD. Gordon follows Nygma into the woods, from where he intends to relocate Kristen Kringle's body. Nygma admits that he framed Gordon as the GCPD eavesdrops on the conversation. They arrest Nygma before he can kill Gordon. Nygma is placed in Arkham Asylum. Nathaniel Barnes offers Gordon his job back, but Gordon declines as he has other matters with which to deal. Barbara Kean is released from Arkham Asylum after she stops showing any signs of mental illness. Following the death of his father, Cobblepot is bullied by his step-family. However, when he discovers evidence that they killed his father, his former self returns and he murders his step-family.
#18 "Pinewood" - April 18, 2016
Bruce Wayne, Lucius Fox and Alfred Pennyworth search through the secret files on Thomas Wayne's newly fixed computer with the goal of finding a clue to who killed him and Martha Wayne, and why. Barbara Kean tracks down James Gordon. Claiming to be cured of her insanity, she tries to reconcile with Gordon but to no avail. Gordon discovers that the person who contracted Patrick Malone to kill Thomas and Martha Wayne is known as "the Philosopher". Bruce and Alfred track a lead from Thomas Wayne's computer and find Karen Jennings, a former Blackgate inmate who was experimented on at Wayne Enterprises by the Philosopher. She offers to identify the Philosopher, but the Philosopher sends Victor Fries to kill her. Following Jennings' death, Lucius Fox does further research and discovers that Hugo Strange is the Philosopher. After many failed attempts, Strange finally succeeds in resurrecting someone from the dead: Theo Galavan.
#19 "Azrael" - May 2, 2016
Gordon and Bruce question Professor Strange about Project Chimera, which later makes Strange to send out Theo Galavan, now under the name of Azrael, who is sent out to take out Gordon. While at Arkham Asylum, Gordon bumps into Edward Nygma in the playroom. Nygma later overhears Strange and Peabody complaining about Gordon's interference. Nygma suggests that he can help them by taking out Gordon, but Strange refuses his suggestion. Bruce is told by Bullock and Gordon that there isn't enough evidence to imprison Hugo Strange. Azrael gets some memories back after looking over posters from Galavan's election. After that, Gordon has been imprisoned by Nathaniel Barnes, lights flicker, and Azrael shows up, killing a little bunch of officers, and makes an attempt for Gordon, but doesn't succeed in it. Barnes and Gordon flee to a balcony, where Barnes fights Azrael with his pipe, and breaks his sword and rips of his mask, realizing Azrael's identity. In the end, Barnes is sent to the hospital and Gordon leaves the GCPD by some distance, having Azrael watching over him at a bridge.
#20 "Unleashed" - May 9, 2016
Together with Bullock and a crew of police officers, Gordon arrives at Arkham Asylum with a warrant to inspect Professor Strange's office. Strange is unfortunately one step in front of them, having shredded all of his documents. Nygma in the meantime, is disturbed at Indian Hill, and realizes he needs to escape. As Captain Barnes is still in the hospital, Harvey Bullock is declared de facto captain. Bruce decides to go off with Selina to find a way in to Arkham. Selina accepts it, and thinks that Bridgit is still alive in Arkham, but says she shall go in on her own. Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock arrive at Butch's mansion to talk with Tabitha, who states the sword Azrael had used was fake and that the real one is located at her grandfather's tomb. They later arrive at Gotham cemetery, where they receive the sword. Azrael arrives, injuring Tabitha and escapes with the real sword. Gordon warns Alfred over radio about Galavan, just as Bruce returns to the Wayne Manor. Gordon arrives, and shoots Azrael multiple times, until Cobblepot and Butch arrive. Butch fires an RPG, killing Azrael.
#21 "A Legion of Horribles" - May 16, 2016
Selina begs to be Bridgit's servant, making use of Bridgit's alter-ego. Bruce is troubled after Selina fails to meet with him and understands of her capture. Meanwhile, Hugo Strange's project continues and he successfully resurrects Fish Mooney - the first subject to retain full memory. Bruce believes that there is a secret room in Arkham where Strange is experimenting on the dead, and the only way to be certain is if they head in themselves. Bruce, Gordon and Fox visit Arkham executing their plan, however their motives are revealed and all three are captured. Bruce and Fox are put in a chamber and are interrogated by Nygma on Strange's behalf. Meanwhile, Gordon is brought into another room with Strange.
#22 "Transference" - May 23, 2016
Basil, disguised as Gordon, shrugs the GCPD cops off of Arkham. In the basement, Strange prepares to detonate a bomb, and tells Mrs. Peabody to transfer the patients to another hospital. Barbara reveals that Basil is a fake, and Bruce and Lucius find themselves in the same room as Gordon. Mooney gains control of Peabody, but Strange gains the chance to set a countdown to the bomb under the White-Haired Lady's orders. With Nygma's help, Gordon and Lucius stop the bomb, and Mooney escapes in a bus. She encounters a shocked Penguin on the street and knocks him out, prompting Butch and his gang to flee. In the aftermath, Strange is arrested, Gordon leaves to find Lee, Bruce tells Alfred of his plans to find the secret council that wanted him dead, and Bullock is trusted to protect Gotham now that threats have emerged. In the end, an old woman opens the door of the abandoned bus, and Strange's monsters begin walking through Gotham. One of the prisoners laughs like Jerome Valeska, and a boy with a striking resemblance to Bruce, thanks the woman for freeing them before walking away.
#1 "Better to Reign in Hell..." - Sept. 19, 2016
Six months after the last sighting of Fish Mooney, Lee has moved on with a new man in her life and Gordon has become a bounty hunter tracking down the Indian Hill escapees. Cobblepot puts a bounty on Fish and visits Nygma at Arkham Asylum, surmising that Fish has an ulterior motive. Bruce's mysterious doppelgänger lurks around Gotham City and learns of Bruce's identity from Ivy, who mistakes him for Bruce. Gordon, with the help of reporter Valerie Vale (Jamie Chung), tracks down Strange's assistant Ethel Peabody, but she is captured and killed by Fish. Fish's gang catches Ivy spying on them, but she runs and falls down a sewage pipe after being touched by a gang member who can accelerate a person's aging process. Bruce and Alfred call a meeting with the Wayne Enterprises Board of Directors, where Bruce threatens to disseminate his evidence pertaining to the cabal in charge behind the scenes, unless they contact him. The Court of Owls sends Talon to kidnap Bruce.
#2 "Burn the Witch" - September 26, 2016
Bruce is brought before Kathryn, a high-ranking member of the Court, whom he recognizes from various Wayne functions. She orders him to cease his investigations into them, Wayne Enterprises, Indian Hill, and the deaths of his parents, to which he obliges in exchange for the lives of those closest to him. Ivy washes ashore as a grown woman. Fish captures Bullock and uses her powers to make him lead her to the secret facility holding Strange. Gordon makes a deal with Fish to help her escape with Strange if she hands over Bullock, and informs Cobblepot of her escape route. Cobblepot prepares to kill her but, when she reveals that she let him live because he was her greatest creation, he lets her go. The mob breaks into the facility and kills some of Fish's minions. Valerie visits Gordon about his deal with Fish, and they share a kiss. Bruce's doppelgänger breaks into Wayne Manor. Lee returns to Gotham.
#3 "Look Into My Eyes" - October 3, 2016
Hypnotist Jervis Tetch (Benedict Samuel) hires Gordon to find his sister Alice (Naian Gonzalez Norvind), an Indian Hill escapee whose blood contains a virus. Barnes offers Lee her old job back at GCPD. Cobblepot runs for mayor to clean up Gotham's corrupt system; to aid with his campaign, he has Edward Nygma declared legally sane and released from Arkham. Gordon gets into a brawl and is stitched up by Lee's new fiancé, Mario Calvi (James Carpinello), at the ER. After Alice tells Gordon she wants nothing to do with her brother, Gordon questions Tetch, who hypnotizes him into nearly committing suicide. Alice saves Gordon, who brings her into GCPD. Lee and Mario have dinner with Mario's father, the ex-Don Carmine Falcone. Bruce takes in his doppelgänger – Subject 514A – who demonstrates impressive fighting skills and an imperviousness to pain. 514A later impersonates Bruce and takes an oblivious Selina out on the town.
#4 "New Day Rising" - October 10, 2016
514A assists Selina in robbing a bar and rescues her when she is captured, but she sees the scars on his body and identifies him as an imposter. 514A admits he wanted to experience a normal life by socializing with someone, but Selina reassures him that he is more normal than he thinks, and they kiss. Tetch hypnotizes the wrestling Tweedle Brothers to help him break into GCPD and kidnap Alice, but Gordon and Bullock track them down. Gordon finds himself still under the suicidal influence of Tetch's hypnosis; realizing his suicidal urges are connected to his issues with Lee, Gordon overcomes them and breaks the spell. Alice falls and is impaled on a pipe, leaving a grief-stricken Tetch to escape. While investigating the crime scene, Barnes becomes infected by Alice's dripping blood. Cobblepot bribes campaign officials to buy the election, but Nygma takes the money back; to Cobblepot's shock, he wins the election anyway, and realizes Nygma wanted to show him that the people genuinely want him as Mayor. 514A bids farewell to Bruce and tries to leave Gotham, but is kidnapped by the Court.
#5 "Anything for You" - October 17, 2016
Cobblepot's term as mayor starts off well, but a new Red Hood Gang appears and openly challenges his authority. Nygma discovers that Butch is behind the new gang as part of a scheme to make himself Cobblepot's right-hand man again. At a celebratory party in the mayor's honor, Nygma manipulates Butch into exposing himself as the mastermind behind the Red Hoods, thus reinforcing his own position as Cobblepot's most trusted friend and ally. Barnes asks Lee about the tests on Alice Tetch's blood without revealing that he was exposed to it. At Gordon's suggestion, Bruce tells Selina how he feels about her, but she dismissively tells him that he only feels that way because he's never dated anyone. Bruce reasserts his feelings and Selina kisses him. Elsewhere, Jervis Tetch mourns his sister's death and plots revenge against Gordon.
#6 "Follow the White Rabbit" - Oct. 24, 2016
Tetch hypnotizes several civilians into life-threatening situations, and forces Gordon to choose whom to save. Tetch later kidnaps Valerie and Lee, and again forces Gordon to make a choice; Gordon says Lee, resulting in Tetch shooting Valerie instead. Valerie is rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, Cobblepot realizes he's in love with Nygma and plans to confess his feelings for him, but Nygma meets a woman named Isabella who reminds him of Kristen Kringle.
#7 "Red Queen" - October 31, 2016
Valerie recovers, but ends her relationship with Gordon, knowing he manipulated Tetch into shooting her instead of Lee. Tetch breaks into the morgue and drains the blood from Alice's corpse. He also exposes Gordon to the powerful "Red Queen" hallucinogen, causing intense hallucinations that bring Gordon to a war-torn GCPD, to a life where he is married to Lee with two children, and to an encounter with his deceased father, who encourages him to be a better protector for Gotham. Mario brings Gordon back to consciousness. Cobblepot attempts to manipulate Isabella and Nygma into breaking off their relationship, but to no avail. Barnes loses control and attacks a suspect while questioning him over the break-in; he and Bullock learn Tetch is planning to spread the virus at the city Founders' Party, and arrest him in time. Gordon decides to honor his father by rejoining the GCPD.
#8 "Blood Rush" - November 7, 2016
After losing control and killing a criminal, Barnes visits Jervis Tetch at Arkham Asylum and demands to know if the virus can be cured, but Tetch says it's only a matter of time before it takes him over. Barnes begins hearing voices that urge him to kill more criminals. Lee and Mario throw an engagement party, where Barnes makes plans to turn himself in to police custody. However, his psychosis overpowers him when he learns Dr. Symon, a killer he arrested, has been released thanks to his powerful connections. Losing faith in Gotham's justice system, Barnes kills Symon and plans to murder criminals on a larger scale.
#9 "The Executioner" - November 14, 2016
Driven mad by the virus, Nathaniel Barnes has become a vigilante, murdering any criminals that cross his path. After Gordon becomes suspicious of Barnes, he attempts to frame Gordon for the murder of a low-level criminal, but is unable to convince the GCPD. After a showdown, Barnes is arrested and incarcerated in Arkham Asylum. After Cobblepot kills Isabella, Nygma suspects Butch Gilzean for the act; Cobblepot promises to help bring retribution to Butch. Ivy Pepper reveals herself to Bruce and Selina in her new adult form. However, she is being followed by people seeking to kill her for a necklace she stole. The three of them escape and later find the necklace's original owner dead; the necklace is revealed to contain a key.
#10 "Time Bomb" - November 21, 2016
Bruce learns the gang who's after the key is out to destroy the Court of Owls and is therefore not his enemy. Soon after, Talon murders the gang leader. When Mario is targeted by assassins, Falcone deduces that the Court is responsible and successfully blackmails them into ceasing their attack. Nygma kidnaps and tortures Butch and Tabitha before discovering that they are not responsible for Isabella's death; showing remorse after cutting off Tabitha's hand, he allows them to go to the hospital. After investigating the matter, Barbara realizes Cobblepot killed Isabella and plans to use the truth to stage a power grab. Gordon says one final goodbye to Lee before her upcoming wedding to Mario. When Mario sees Lee with Gordon from a distance, he bursts into a fit of rage and exhibits symptoms of the Tetch virus.
#11 "Beware the Green-Eyed Monster"
November 28, 2016
Infected by Alice Tetch's blood, Mario vows to make Lee hate Gordon and orchestrates a series of events to make her believe Gordon is trying to sabotage their wedding. The plan works and, just before the wedding, she vows never to see Gordon again. On their honeymoon, a deranged Mario attempts to kill an oblivious Lee, but Gordon arrives and guns him down, much to her shock. Barbara informs Nygma that Cobblepot killed Isabella because he's in love with him; after verifying this information, Barbara and Nygma plan to betray Cobblepot and usurp his power in the mob. Bruce, Selina, and Alfred use the key to open the Court of Owls' vault and steal its contents – a crystalline owl statue – but are intercepted by Talon; Selina's mother reveals herself and helps them kill Talon.
#12 "Ghosts" - January 16, 2017
In the wake of Mario's death, a vengeful Falcone sends Zsasz to kill Gordon; however, after seeing what the virus has done to Barnes, Lee realizes Gordon may have been justified and persuades Falcone to call off the hit. Unhinged by ghostly sightings of his father, Cobblepot insults Gotham's citizens on live TV and murders his Deputy Chief of Staff, unaware that Nygma is orchestrating his downward spiral. Selina accepts her mother Maria (Ivana Miličević) back into her life, but later learns Maria owes money to criminal Cole Clemons. Investigating the discovery of a briefly reanimated corpse, Gordon and Bullock pursue ex-Indian Hill employee Dwight Pollard (David Dastmalchian) as he prepares to resurrect another corpse: Jerome Valeska.
#13 "Smile Like You Mean It" - Jan. 23, 2017
When the reanimation seemingly fails, Dwight cuts off Jerome's face and wears it as a mask while he leads a cult of fanatics to take over a news station. GCPD stops the cult, but Jerome awakens belatedly at GCPD Headquarters and abducts Dwight. Nygma, Barbara, and Tabitha manipulate Cobblepot into believing the other crime bosses have turned against him. Bruce agrees to pay Maria's debt to Cole, but Selina becomes furious upon discovering the whole thing was a con Maria and Cole ran together, and that Bruce even suspected this but didn't want Selina to learn the painful truth. After reattaching his face, Jerome ignites explosives that kill Dwight and knock out Gotham's power, causing a citywide blackout.
#14 "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"
January 30, 2017
During the blackout, GCPD struggles to contain riots committed by both Jerome's followers and random citizens gone corrupt. Jerome kidnaps and brings Bruce to a carnival, planning a theatrical execution in front of his followers. Accompanied by Alfred, Gordon and Bullock lead the GCPD Strike Force to the carnival. Bruce escapes and fights Jerome in a house of mirrors, but resists the urge to kill him; Jerome is then subdued and sent back to Arkham Asylum by Gordon, and order is restored to the city. Barbara, Tabitha, and Butch threaten Cobblepot into helping them find and kill Nygma; realizing he truly loves him, Cobblepot refuses. Nygma then reveals it was all a ruse to make him realize he's incapable of love. Despite Cobblepot having proven otherwise, Nygma shoots him and drops him into Gotham Harbor. Gordon is reunited with his uncle Frank (James Remar) – secretly a member of the Court of Owls, who have brainwashed Bruce's doppelgänger, 514A.
#15 "How the Riddler Got His Name"
April 24, 2017
Bruce is summoned by Selina through a letter, but she denies sending the letter and orders him to stay away from her. Bruce later realizes the letter was sent by 514A, who drugs him and usurps his identity, while the real Bruce is sent to a faraway dungeon. Gordon reconnects with his uncle Frank, who attempts to persuade him to become a member of the Court of Owls. Nygma attempts to build a name for himself by sending the police on goose chases while also picking Lucius Fox as a potential arch-nemesis. After speaking to hallucinations of Cobblepot, Nygma decides to let him go and embraces his new persona as the Riddler. Meanwhile, Cobblepot wakes up in Ivy Pepper's apartment after surviving the gunshot wound.
#16 "These Delicate and Dark Obsessions"
May 1, 2017
After fully recovering, Cobblepot attempts to build an army to take back power from Nygma, Barbara, Tabitha and Butch. He calls Gabe, who betrays and attempts to auction him, but Ivy uses her perfume to rescue him and Cobblepot kills Gabe in retribution. At the dungeon, a Shaman gives Bruce hallucinogens that cause him to relive the night of his parents' murder, and he begins his training soon after. After learning a weapon is being transported to Gotham, Gordon investigates the Court of Owls further and realizes his father's death was a hit organized by Frank. Frank is ordered to kill Jim, but he instead commits suicide and Jim decides to meet with Kathryn.
#17 "The Primal Riddle" - May 8, 2017
After being tipped off by Barbara about the Court of Owls, Nygma goes on a vendetta to solve the riddle of who controls Gotham. Nygma takes Mayor Aubrey James hostage, televising a threat to end his life if he does not learn the identity of the Court. Gordon arranges a meeting with Nygma at GCPD Headquarters, and convinces Nygma to have him escorted to the Court himself; in exchange, Gordon takes the place of the deceased Frank Gordon in the Court. Cobblepot and Ivy recruit Victor Fries and Bridgit Pike for the army that he plans to use against Nygma. 514A struggles to gain Alfred's trust, and attempts to kill Selina by pushing her out of a window to cover up his true nature as a clone.
#18 "Light the Wick" - May 15, 2017
Ivy visits Selina in the hospital and uses her plants to heal her injuries; Selina recovers and heads to Wayne Manor to kill 514A. Lee rules Frank's death a homicide and attempts to have Gordon questioned, but when she suspects Bullock and Lucius are helping Gordon evade justice, she resigns from the GCPD. The Court of Owls kidnaps Barnes and forces Hugo Strange to harness the Tetch Virus from his blood; with Strange's assistance, Gordon learns the Court intends to release the virus onto Gotham and discreetly works with Cobblepot to prevent a group of socialites from being exposed. Bruce manages to overcome his rage during his training, and the Shaman deems him ready to return to Gotham and embrace his power. Cobblepot is imprisoned in the Court's headquarters with Nygma. After deeming Gordon a traitor, Kathryn orders Barnes to kill him.
#19 "All Will Be Judged" - May 22, 2017
Selina attacks 514A and exposes his identity to Alfred, but the clone subdues them and escapes. At a hideout near Gotham, the Shaman purges Bruce of the pain of his parents' deaths and places him under his control, telling him of his mission to destroy the Court. Cobblepot and Nygma reluctantly work together to escape the Court, but resume their feud afterward. Gordon and Bullock discover that the Court's crystal owl statues contain maps of marked locations in Gotham. Gordon and Alfred interrogate Kathryn for Bruce's whereabouts, but Barnes attacks GCPD and beheads her before she can reveal anything. Gordon shoots off Barnes' left hand; Barnes is captured but escapes again. Using the crystal owl that Bruce stole, GCPD finds several locations where Bruce might be. After speaking with Jervis at Arkham and realizing she is the one to blame for Mario's death, Lee steals a vial of the Tetch Virus from the GCPD and injects herself with it.
#20 "Pretty Hate Machine" - May 29, 2017
After taking the Virus, Lee buries Jim alive in a coffin with the only escape being the Tetch Virus. Lee goes to the GCPD to taunt them with a CB radio and ends up locked up in a cell. Jim eventually runs out of oxygen and has no choice but to inject the virus into his body in order to save himself and attempt to save the city from the Alice Tetch Virus. The Shaman pushes Bruce to take revenge on the Court of Owls and in a moment of hesitation from Bruce, Shaman kills the Court himself. Shaman tries to get Bruce to detonate the bomb at Wayne Enterprises and is interrupted by Alfred which makes Bruce hesitate. Again, Shaman jumps in and pushes Bruce's hand unleashing the virus which leads to Alfred to shoot the Shaman, who instructs him to seek out the Demon's Head. Bruce attempts to attack Alfred and is arrested by the GCPD and Jim is thwarted from stopping the bomb by Lee, who escaped police custody. Before Nygma ("The Riddler") can murder Oswald, Fish Mooney returns and reclaims him as her servant.
#21 "Destiny Calling" - June 5, 2017
Bruce escapes from custody following the police's overwhelming by the infected and he seeks out Ra's Al Ghul, who orders him to prove himself by killing Alfred. Bruce nearly kills him but breaks free of his condition and heals Alfred with the Lazarus Pit. Meanwhile, Fish kidnaps Strange and manages to find the antidote to the Virus but she is murdered by the infected Gordon and the antidote is destroyed. A mourning Cobblepot is arrested by the GCPD after being attacked by the League of Shadows' ninjas. Meanwhile, Barbara has Tetch kidnapped in order to forcibly get his help in reversing the effects of the Virus.
#22 "Heavydirtysoul" - June 5, 2017
Barbara, Butch and Tabitha track down Nygma after he takes the kidnapped Tetch to trade with Gordon, who begins to feel the effects of the Virus. Cobblepot captures Nygma and has him frozen and kept as a trophy whilst Barbara shoots Butch and is killed by Tabitha. Butch is placed in hospital, his birth name being revealed as Cyrus Gold (Solomon Grundy). Cobblepot also makes plans to open a new nightclub called "The Iceberg Lounge". Tabitha becomes a mentor to Selina and teaches her how to use a whip. Bruce is encouraged to makes his own decisions by Alfred and he reconciles with Selina and then becomes a vigilante dubbed "The Bat" after he rescues Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn) and her parents from a mugger. Using Tetch's blood, an antidote is synthesised as Gordon attempts to leave with Lee but he is cured. With Gotham cured from the Virus, Lee leaves Gotham and leaves a letter for Jim.
Gotham was renewed for a 3rd season in March 2016, which premiered on September 19, 2016. 66 episodes of Gotham have aired, concluding the 3rd season.
In 1992, Batman: The Animated Series premiered on the Fox television network; produced by Warner Bros. Animation and featuring Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman. The series received considerable acclaim for its darker tone, mature writing, stylistic design and thematic complexity compared to previous superhero cartoons, in addition to multiple Emmy Awards.
The series' success led to the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), as well as various spin-off TV series; including Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited (each of which also featured Conroy as Batman). The futuristic series Batman Beyond also took place in this same animated continuity and featured a newer, younger Batman voiced by Will Friedle.
In 2004, a new animated series titled The Batman made its debut with Rino Romano as the title character. In 2008, this show was replaced by another animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, featuring Diedrich Bader as Batman. In 2013, a new CGI-animated series titled Beware the Batman made its debut, but was cancelled after one season.
- 1993: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, an animated feature tie-in for Batman: The Animated Series; starring Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker, and Dana Delany as Andrea Beaumont/The Phantasm