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Published On: Thu, Aug 20th, 2015

‘Gotham’ season 2: James Frain’s Theo Galavan the key to bringing a rise of power to the Batman villains

Gotham season 2 has already been revealed to be a set up for the villains and now executive producer Danny Cannon reveals how it’ll be tied to Theo Galavan (James Frain), a billionaire industrialist who presents himself as the savior of Gotham.

“Theo Galavan arrives in Gotham as a prodigal son returning,” Cannon says in a new interview with TV Guide.

“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.”

James Frain on "Gotham"

James Frain on “Gotham”

In fact, Cannon says that Theo is the “origins of a very famous DC villain” — one who will rely on other villains to help him achieve his goals.

“This season is about how one man will unleash and empower the villains and make them understand that they are more powerful than the people fighting against them,” Cannon says.

“They are the pioneers for Gotham. They are the ones who will change things because with chaos and destruction is the only way you can build. You can’t rebuild a city without first destroying it.”

Miss that season 2 teaser? Check it out here.

Check out the full interview here

Here is the official synopsis for Gotham: Rise of the Villains:

The good. The evil. The beginning. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

The second season of Gotham will premiere on Fox on September 21st at 8:00pm.

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