A couple of weeks ago, we posted that Vicki Vale would be coming to Gotham next season. It seems we were a little off on that, as the character will actually be Valerie Vale, Vicki’s aunt. This makes a lot more sense, as the character was described as a reporter in her late 20s, which would have put a fairly big age gap between Bruce and Vicki if it had been her.
Jamie Chung, who many of you will know as Once Upon a Time’s Mulan, will be taking the role of Valerie Vale, a hot-shot reporter who joins the Gotham Gazette, determined to uncover the truth behind Indian Hill. Chung also voiced Go Go in Big Hero 6, played Amber in Sucker Punch, and Lauren in the second two Hangover movies.
Vale will have her hands full reporting on a number of new villain’s too, as executive producer John Stephens recently confirmed that Mad Hatter (aka Jervis Tetch) would be making an appearance next season, along with his sidekicks Tweedle Dum and Dee. Talon, the assassin of the Court Of Owls, who were introduced as the people controlling Gotham at the end of season 2, will also be making an appearance. Additionally, there are apparently plans to introduce Solomon Grundy to the show, although I rather suspect his origin story will be somewhat different to the comic book.
There is one other rumour, which comes from some of the audio at the end of season 2. If you listen carefully, you can hear a distinctive cackling laugh mixed into the audio as the various escapees from Indian Hill leave the back of the van… Given Hugo Strange has the delightful hobby of bringing crazy people back from the dead, it’s entirely possible that a certain Jerome Valeska, who was stabbed and killed by Theo Galavan in season 2, might be making a return as a certain ‘Clown Prince Of Crime’…
We should find out when Gotham returns later in the year (or early next year, depending on when Channel 5 decide to schedule it).