Gotham fans met another future villain during last Monday’s episode, “The Scarecrow” (spoilers! See review here) as Dr. Gerald Crane (Julian Sands) stole enough adrenal glands through deaths by phobia to concoct a fear-eliminating serum for both his son Jonathan (Charlie Tahan) and himself. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) managed to take the newly fearless doctor down, but not before he injected his son with a massive dose of the concoction. His son, strapped down and writhing screaming at the onslaught of Scarecrow visions, is now set up for future episodes.
McKenzie and Logue appear in a new featurette discussing all the petrifying possibilities that come with the introduction of the Scarecrow.
Watch the video here below.
Logue said of the mythology, “It gets most interesting when it’s things like the Scarecrow.” And of the new villain, “He’s a really good one, I have to say… in the worst way.” McKenzie points out what Gotham fans already know-by watching the origins of the Scarecrow and the other villains, we feel empathy for them. There are real fears and hurt behind the creation of these bad guys. Dr. Crane only wanted his son to be “free of fear forever.” At this point in the series, I feel the most empathy for Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), because I really don’t want him to turn bad. His metamorphosis is so slow (well-for one of the grown-up future villains) and I really feel for him (just like Ben McKenzie!), as the awkward underdog.
Donal Logue: “I really…I love this episode.”
So do we Donal Logue. So do we.
Gotham’s next episode, 1.16 “The Blind Fortune Teller,” airs this Monday at 8pm. That episode hints at Robin and The Joker.
Ben McKenzie & Donal Logue speak on the origins of The Scarecrow and tease what’s next.