Despite the critics, Suicide Squad owned the box office this weekend. With Gotham slated to return for its third season, will the Fox prequel series capitalize on the film’s success by bringing on some version of the Squad?
“Not necessarily,” Gotham executive producer John Stephens told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Monday. “A lot of those characters, because they’re in Suicide Squad, we’re not going to be seeing them this season. We will be seeing proto-versions of some of those characters; we’ll see a proto-Killer Croc version. And we’ll be seeing a character — perhaps not this season, but in times to come — who can be a forerunner for Harley Quinn.”
For the proto-Killer Croc, Stephens teased that it’s not necessarily the character from the film, but heading in that direction. “If you see someone who has a scientific anomaly to their skin that it grows in a certain way, ‘Oh, I’m going to take that and grow Killer Croc from that in the future.'”
That evolution is in keeping with what the series did with the character of Jerome (Cameron Monaghan), who was a prototype for the Joker. “We really imagined developing the myth of the Joker at the same time we’re developing the myth of Batman,” Stephens said. “We really wanted to stretch it through multiple seasons. In the course of this year, we’re going to see how the cult of the Joker… is going to extend and deepen and change.”
“This year, you have these underground movements that have started to talk about Jerome and what he represented, setting the stage for, perhaps if there’s a season 4, hopefully we’ll bring that back in a much bigger way,” Stephens continued. “You’ll see these different versions of the Joker myth that developed with Jerome and other characters, that when you put those pieces together, you’ll go, ‘Oh, eventually that’s what the Joker will become.'”
With the rise of the villains in Gotham, and a busload of escapees from Indian Hill now running rampant around town, “The spirit of the Suicide Squad — teaming up super villains, putting them together, and having them be a more powerful force — is something that we’re definitely doing in season 3 of Gotham,” executive producer Ken Woodruff added.
In that vein, the show is much less of a police drama this year. “You’re really going to see how the villains have taken up residence in the city,” Stephens said. “We wanted to create that sense from the Batman comics that the villains basically live throughout the city.”
Gotham returns Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.