Now that the gloves are off, FOX has managed to embrace the comic book universe tropes of “Gotham” and no longer have molded “Gotham” as an abysmal crime thriller. It’s now working as a somewhat new and radical take on the origin of Batman and Bruce Wayne’s molding in to the dark knight. The writers have taken even more liberties with the universe, centering so much more on Commissioner Gordon now and slowly sliding Bruce Wayne in to focus. The third seasons is a much lauded improvement over the former seasons for fans, as “Gotham” goes all out weird and eccentric, re-thinking the Batman universe and his origin in a new and often bold method.
“Gotham” has improved slightly for fans, and while it’s still very polarizing and controversial among fan boys and fan girls, it’s still managed to maintain a fan base that appreciates its radical vision. This season finds Gordon as a bounty hunter after a break out sets loose a slew of rogues. This time around Oswald Cobblepot and Edward Nygma continue their team up and stage a political campaign. There’s the introduction of new villains this season with Poison Ivy, Jervis Tetch, and Mad Hatter, respectively. Season three allows for a ton of twists and turns involving the rising tide of evil in the city, and how far Gordon will go to thwart crime.
Chris Chalk also enters as Lucius Fox, while Morena Baccarin plays Dr. Lee Thompkins who is dealing with fall out by involvement with Gordon and actions he’s taken in the last season. With season three, “Gotham” shows no sign of slowing down and has thrived on causing a ruckus in the fan community, arousing the ire of one half Bat fans, while the other half appreciate its approach. If you can endure it’s utter silliness and tonal inconsistencies, not to mention the lack of the costumed Dark Knight, “Gotham” season three will continue leading you down the journey of this surprisingly well received series. I’d love to know the appeal, as I barely made it through season one.
Season three features all twenty two episodes uncut. The Extras are spread across all four discs, with sadly no commentary track. There’s a slew of deleted scenes on disc one, and disc three in HD, and an Ultraviolet copy of the series third season. Disc two garners deleted scenes and the ten minute “Madness Rising: The New Villains of Gotham,” a look at the new villains introduced this season. Along with more deleted scenes there’s the twenty eight minute “Gotham: 2016 Comic-Con Panel” with the cast and crew discussing the show at Comic-Con, and the two minute “Ben McKenzie’s Directorial Debut” a look at star Ben McKenzie working as a director for his first time, on the series. Finally, there’s the twelve minute “The Dark Within the Dark: The Court of Owls” which goes over the mythical Court of Owls from the comics and how they were translated for “Gotham.”