Fox's Gotham had a crazy second season that was filled with so many twists and turns that it could be hard to keep track of who was a good guy and who was a bad guy. Unfortunately, Season 2 has come to an end, and we now have months of waiting ahead of us before we see any of those good/bad guys back in action again. Luckily, summer hiatus doesn't necessarily mean that all is quiet on the Gotham front. Season 3 has been confirmed to feature an appearance by a classic Batman character: Vicki Vale.
Vicki Vale has been a background character in Batman stories since the 1940s. She's a reporter who drops in and out of the plot, usually to suspect that there's more to Bruce Wayne than meets the eye. The character has appeared in a variety of Batman adaptations over the years, ranging from animation to video game to Kim Basinger in Tim Burton's Batman in 1989. The Vicki Vale of Gotham will be a young journalist largely defined by her ambitions, according to TVLine.
Gotham has played fast and loose with plenty of Batman characters over the first two seasons so far. The show has had to balance the vast available library of comic characters with the reality that Bruce Wayne is still about ten years and three growth spurts shy of donning the cape and the cowl. The Vicki Vale of DC comics was tied romantically to Bruce Wayne; unless the Gotham Vicki skipped a bunch of grades to become an accredited teen journalist, we can bet that there won't be a love connection between her and the future Dark Knight. Gotham may get pretty weird from time to time, but something tells me that Gotham won't get quite that weird.
At this point, we can only say for sure that Vicki Vale is on the way for Season 3. She may turn out to be a relatively minor character who shows up on screen to provide some helpful exposition via report, or she may be a key player in a major arc. Who knows? Maybe Bruce will just see her on the news and end up in the throes of puppy love. He's not quite dark enough for grownup batty love yet, so maybe Bruce crushing on Vicki could be a way to honor an aspect of comic canon without getting too creepy.
Given the way that Season 2 ended, I think it's safe to say that there will be plenty going on in Season 3 that might get an ambitious young journalist sniffing around. Between the crew of resurrected crazies brought back to life by Hugo Strange, the doppelganger of Bruce Wayne that may or may not now be wandering around, and the handful of new villains - one of whom may actually be Bane - that are on the way, any investigative reporter worth her salt would find herself crossing paths with Jim Gordon and Co.
Sadly, we still have a long wait ahead of us before we see Vicki Vale on Gotham. To see what you can watch to pass the time until Season 3 premieres in the fall, check out our summer TV premiere schedule.