We're still in the middle of the winter break for FOX's Gotham, but we're rolling on talking about the massive cast of the show and breaking the down by category. This week, we're checking out some of the villains of the show. These guys may be flavor of the week, but they still have an impact on the overall show.
Like many folks that live their whole lives in New York City or Chicago, when you are born into a bustling metropolis, like Gotham, it's a place you're going to set down your roots and stay in you're whole life, so it makes sense to see so many beloved Batman characters as younger versions of themselves in this show.
In the comics, Dollmaker, who first appeared in the New 52, creates dolls out of the skins and limbs of his victims. He's the reason Joker was faceless for quite some time. In the television series, he's the villain, in a sense, for the episode "Selina Kyle," but here's the thing, he's never once shown on the screen. His lackies, kidnapping children for him, are the only ones we get to see.
What's Working: Dollmaker had people working for him, who were pretty creepy and vicious. It was the viewer's first look into the insane part of Gotham City, but just sane enough to formulate some planning.There's so much mystery and unresolved story with this character and it's one of the few they could bring back with no problem.
What's Not: There hasn't been any mention of the character since the second episode. Hopefully, this is something they go back to since the Dollmaker is still out there.
Conclusion: He never appears on the screen, but he's easily one of the coolest villains and story lines Gotham has worked with, as far as villain of the week goes.
In the Batman comics, there's a crime boss that goes by the name of Black Mask. In the New 52, Roman Sionis is currently battling Catwoman for the role of leader of the Gotham Underground and leader of the False Face Society. On the show, well, he's a bit different. Richard Sionis is a man from the corporate world, obsessed with war and fighting. In order to get a job at his firm, you have to literally fight for it.
What's Working: The fight club type work place was silly, but at the same time, actually really interesting. Just that idea alone gave Sionis a bit of depth.
What's Not: Todd Stashwick's portrayal of the character was a bit over-the-top. He was written as a giant red flag character, letting the viewer know right away that he was the bad guy. There was no mystery behind
Conclusion: Interesting character and idea, but written pretty poorly. There was a lot you can build with this idea and with the family name, but ultimately, it was a middle of the road villain.
Possible relative to Soundgarden's "Spoonman," The Balloonman (Davis Lamond), played by Dan Bakkedahl, ties corrupt folks to giant balloons and lets them float off into the sky. They eventually come down and die from the fall. Believe it or not, there is actually a Metal Men villain who goes by the name Balloon Man, except he was the type of villain that robbed banks.
What's Working: The idea of a person becoming sick of corruption and taking action into his own hands is a novel idea, in theory.
What's Not: He wasn't Professor Pyg, but he wore that mask. That's my fanboy complaint of the week. He was cartoonish and it felt like the whole purpose of the character was to inspire Bruce Wayne to eventually become a vigilante. Seriously, there's a scene where Bruce was watching a report on him and you can almost see the lightbulb go off above his head.
Conclusion: A bit of a mess of a villain. The vigilante part of the episode was pretty cool but the way the character went about stopping the corrupt felt like it belonged more in the 60s Batman television series rather than on Gotham.
Mr Zsasz is one of Batman's most psychotic villains. He's a serial killer who marks his own body every time he kills someone. Played by Anthony Carrigan, who also played The Mist in the third episode of CW's The Flash, this version of Victor Zsasz answers to Carmine Falcone as his hitman. Sure, Zsasz should have been on the crime syndicate feature, but he had more of a villain of the week flare to him.
What's Working: A younger Zsasz is completely different from what the fans know, but not so far off base that it loses the character entirely. It leaves fans to wonder what happened to him to make him so psychotic? It's a really cool direction the writers took this character. He even has minions with weird haircuts!
What's Not: There's some weird moments with the character that come off as unbelievable, like when Zsasz can tell a room full of cops, in a police station to leave and they listen.
Conclusion: He's different, but he worked pretty well for the episode he was in. Sure, quite a few fans didn't dig on this version, but there's a lot more the show could do with this character, if they choose to bring him back.
The Sprit of the Goat
We're saving the best for last! The Goat isn't a part of the Batman comic universe, but it was easily one of the best villain of the week characters on Gotham. The Goat is a serial killer that Harvey Bullock dealt with in his younger years as a cop and even though The Goat was killed, he resurfaces years later. It's revealed that the Goat is actually under the influence of psychiatrist Dr Marks, who essentially uses mind control to get them to kill.
What's Working: By the time the twist is revealed, it's pretty predictable, but it was still a great turn, knowing that The Goat isn't really a thing and it's just all because of one woman's suggestions. The Goat is incredibly creepy as well and gives the show a great horror vibe.
What's Not: Chances of this character coming back are slim to none, unless Dr Marks has some sleeper agents lying around.
Conclusion: Without a doubt, this was not only one of the coolest stories for the first half of the season, but one of the strangest/scariest villains Gotham has worked with yet. We'd love to see more characters with a sadistic tone in the future.
That's it for this week! We'll be back next week to talk about some supporting characters on the show that don't really fit anywhere else. Remember, Gotham returns from it's Winter Break to Fox on Jan. 5 at 8/7c. What do you guys think of these characters?