Producer and writer John Stephens spoke with outlets during this year’s Comic-Con about the upcoming fourth season of Gotham, and when asked about the return of Scarecrow, he said they’re going full-blown horror with Scarecrow this season.
“At the very beginning of the season, Penguin has solidified his control upon Gotham like never before. Where he’s kind of unionized crime. And Scarecrow comes in to basically reintroduce fear into Gotham and to remind people that the dark is still scary out there. And we’re really going to fashion, especially Episode 2, almost a horror movie episode where we really get to see Scarecrow. I think he’s like purely terrifying. Imagine, rather than the other versions of Scarecrow out there — because there are a lot of different versions — what if you just really tell Scarecrow as a horror movie? Because he could be scary as hell.”
During Gotham‘s star-studded Comic-Con panel in San Diego, the crowd got to witness the very first look at Season 4, which is pretty incredible, considering Season 3 just wrapped a little over a month ago. The burlap-faced villain made a most bone-chilling appearance, giving Gotham’s citizens the feeling like they took all the bad acid from all the music festivals from the past 30 years.
Scarecrow was obviously discussed during the panel itself, and Ben McKenzie had the most to say at that time, confirming that Gerald Crane is passing the torch to his son, the more-than-willing Jonathan.
“So we met his father Dr Crane in Season 1. So we’ve taken our time; we’re gonna come back now to his son. You know, in circumstances probably not best described now, his son takes on his father’s mantle and becomes the fully-realized Scarecrow. It’s great. We’re able to use this sort of fear toxin that Scarecrow is able to summon. We’re completely unafraid—or perhaps afraid but we still persist–in expanding the universe and our capabilities.”
Gotham returns to Fox for its new night on Thursday, September 28th.