FOX’s Gotham lay plenty of groundwork in Season 1 for Batman’s beginning (like, way too much in fact), but its first major Season 2 change proves a welcome one. Not only will Morena Baccarin reprise her role as future Bat-ally Dr. Leslie Thompkins, she’ll even stick around as a series regular.

TVLine brought word of Baccarin’s elevation to regular for Season 2, though the Homeland and Firefly star had the option written into her contract from the initial appearance. The same goes for Nicholas D’Agosto’s Harvey Dent and Chris Chalk’s Lucius Fox, though we don’t yet know which, if either of them, will join the team full-time.

Elsewhere, we know of Gotham Season 2 that producers will to incorporate such Bat-baddies as Clayface, the Mad Hatter, Mr. Freeze, Hugo Strange, Tommy Elliot, and potentially even the Court of Owls, while early episodes will serve as a “pre-embryonic” (sigh) origin story for the Joker. Season 2 will also feature Bruce crafting his more public billionaire persona for use later in his Bat-career, while still continually investigating his parents’ murder, and Jada Pinkett’s Fish Mooney will leave the series.

Baccarin certainly ranked as one of the stronger Season 1 improvements to Gotham, underwritten though she was (like all its female characters), though it’s a step in the right direction. Now, if we can avoid characterizing Leigh as A) a psychopath over the moon for Jim Gordon, or B) a bland stepping stone to Bruce’s Bat-future, we’re all set!

Gotham Season 2 will return on Mondays this fall.

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