Before Gotham returns for a third season of Bat backstory on Monday, September 19, here’s a refresher…

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It’s that Batman mythos we all know so well, but earlier. Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is a little kid with newly-dead parents, and nowhere near becoming Batman. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is an idealistic street cop yet to become an old and mustachioed police commissioner. And Gotham City is full of corruption and criminals, but instead of being fought by a superhero in tights and utility belt, Gordon tries his best to tackle the mafia and the newfound field of supervillains with ordinary police work. But sometimes in a setting this dark, you’ve got to be bad to beat the bad.


When the wealthy parents of young Bruce Wayne — aka Not Yet Batman — are killed, the newly-returned Detective Jim Gordon and his (corrupt) partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) are assigned to the case; Gordon recklessly promises to find the killer. Young Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) — aka Not Yet Catwoman — witnessed the murder, but is reluctant to accept Bruce’s frequent offers of friendship. Gordon doesn’t kill psychopath Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) — AKA Not Yet Penguin — which leads to Oswald crossing and double-crossing a lot of people. One of them is gangster and glass eye enthusiast Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), who, among other adventures, ends up on a crazy mercenary prison island where the prisoners are harvested for their organs. She engineers an escape from the island, but gets shot in the process. Also, Edward Nygma — aka not yet Riddler — seems like a really good, if neurotic, forensic cop until he kills his crush’s boyfriend; Arkham Asylum becomes a thing, mostly, it seems, so that Jim Gordon can make his romantic life very complicated; a big mafia war begins; Morena Baccarin is there; and, just to keep you posted that this is a Batman show, Bruce Wayne presses a secret button in Wayne Manor that opens a door to a secret staircase, as the season tantalizingly ends…


Season-long troublemaker Theo Galavan (James Frain) and his sister Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) break a group of Arkham inmates loose, including Gordon’s ex-fiance Barbara (Erin Richards), and get them to swear allegiance. From this is formed the “Maniax,” a public crime/killing spree that is pretty much just a cry for attention. Theo’s family founded Gotham City but got kicked out for some moral wrongdoing, and have sworn revenge on the Waynes–namely, by finishing off Bruce. Galavan runs for mayor. Meanwhile, Bruce and Alfred find a secret room at the end of those secret stairs, and there’s a computer, there; Edward Nygma gets deeper in his own personal hole, killing crush Kristen Kringle (Chelsea Spack) to cover up his earlier murders, going from a schizophrenic “nice guy/bad guy” to just a regular bad guy; Butch Gilzean, renouncing his alliance with Cobblepot, kills Cobblepot’s mother; Victor Fries (Nathan Darrow) — aka Not Yet Mr. Freeze — is killing people to test his cryogenic procedures on his sick wife; Galavan dies and is resurrected, along with Fish Mooney, by Arkham’s head of psychiatry and general crazy scientist Hugo Strange (BD Wong), who is constantly trying to create monsters for some reason; and Bruce Wayne gets a lead that some hood named Patrick Malone killed his parents–tracking him down as only a child can, he learns Malone was contracted by some mystery figure known as the Philosopher, who Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk) figures out is the newly-arrested Strange. As a foreboding final image, a bus in Gotham City deposits all the monsters from Strange’s lab into the streets, leaving them free to creep out the city. And the last one is a boy monster who looks exactly like Bruce Wayne…


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Jason Luna is a Contributing Writer to Geek Speak Magazine.