This season of Fox's Gotham has been dubbed "Rise of the Villains," and the show certainly has showcased its fair share of iconic enemies from the DC Comics. We know that in the show's midseason premiere, aptly-titled Mr. Freeze, fans will get to see more of Nathan Darrow as the iconic villain, who was briefly teased in the midseason finale, along with our first look at Hugo Strange, played by B.D. Wong. Series creator Bruno Heller has teased in the past that another upcoming villain is Azrael, and while we still don't know when he'll make his debut yet, Instagram users ComicsField and BestOfGotham have given us our first look at this villain, both masked and unmasked. There will be some SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
The photos taken from the New York set show Azrael both masked and unmasked, and it's quite clear that the costume department went to great lengths to ensure this super villain suit was an accurate depiction of the suit in the comics. However, the second photo featuring this villain without his mask on reveals quite the surprise, showing that James Frain will be portraying Azrael. In the midseason finale, Worse Than a Crime, James Frain's Theo Gallivan was killed by Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), but now it seems he'll return as Azrael.
Executive producer John Stevens revealed in October that the show will continue its Order of St. Dumas story, which will continue to evolve throughout Gotham Season 2. Theo Galivan and his sister Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) are part of this Order. In the DC Comics, Azrael's powers include enhanced strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability and stamina. The show is taking a bit of a departure from the comics, since characters such as Jean-Paul Valley and Michael Lane took up the Azrael mantle, but this character is connected to the Order of St. Dumas in the comics.
Other new casting additions this season include Paul Reubens as Penguin's (Robin Taylor) father, but it isn't known when he will debut. We also reported last month that Jada Pinkett Smith will return as Fish Mooney in a multi-episode arc, but her exact return date has not been confirmed. The actress revealed shortly before the first season came to a close that she only signed on for one season, but series creator Bruno Heller also teased in the past that the door was open for her to come back at some point.
When the show returns, Penguin takes a hit for Theo Galavan's murder, but doesn't let Gordon (Ben McKenzie) off easily. Meanwhile, Gordon and Bullock (Donal Logue) investigate the body-snatching spree of Victor Fries (guest star Nathan Darrow), one of Gotham's preeminent cryogenics engineers, in the midseason premiere on February 29. Take a look at these new photos, and let us know what you think about this new development on Gotham.