By: Adam Basciano
Gotham begins its second season September 21 on Fox. Several new villains will be included to replace the ones who met their end in season 1. Actor James Frain is set to play Theo Galavan, who arrives in Gotham as a prodigal son returning. He comes from a very wealthy family with ancient roots in the building and foundation of Gotham. It takes a while for us to understand why he came back to Gotham and what his plan is, but it’s an insidious one, obviously. He’s a little bit like the Great Gatsby and Dracula coming to town with money and influence and charm and trying to bend to Gotham to serve him.” If you look at the characters name, it seems like a brand new character, but executive producer Danny Cannon suggests otherwise. He indicates that “Frain’s character is in fact the “origins of a very famous DC villain.” Could this be Ra’s al Ghul or even the Talon from the Court of Owl’s? We’ll have to tune in to find out.
Meanwhile, on the big screen lets turn our attention to Superman. Even though it wasn’t announced on Warner Brothers DC Comics slate of films, the studio has said that a sequel to Man of Steel is coming. But with Zack Snyder occupied directing Justice League parts 1 and 2, who will guide Superman’s next flight? According to Jon Schnepp, writer, director, and producer of the documentary film “The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened!”, it will be the creator of Mad Max. “George Miller, he’s doing Man of Steel 2……Obviously Zack Snyder is doing Justice League 1 and 2, we already got James Wan doing Aquaman – Waterman I think they should change the title– but yeah I think George Miller is a perfect choice to do Man of Steel 2, he’s going to bring so much to it.” While Schnepp seems pretty emphatic, Umberto Gonzalez says it’s not a done deal yet. “The sticking point right now is budget. Both sides don’t seem to agree at the moment on a budget but my sources think the budget can be worked between both sides.” George Miller of course recently directed the critical darling, and box office success “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Also, let’s not forget, back in 2007, George Miller was on location in Australia, with a shooting script and a cast, ready to film “Justice League: Mortal.” The writers strike was the ultimate downfall of that project. If a deal can be reached, this is great news for Superman, and another infusion of great filmmaking talent in the DC Extended Universe.
(Sources: TV Guide, Popcorn Talk, Heroic Hollywood)