Gotham dropped hints in the second season that the Mad Hatter may be the newest DC villain in Gotham City and that is now confirmed. Aussie actor Benedict Samuel (The Walking Dead) has been cast in the series regular role of Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter for the upcoming third season of Fox’s Batman origin series.
Jervis Tetch is a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness. He arrives in Gotham with an unwavering desire to find his sister, Alice, a young woman who went missing in the city years ago. It is anyone’s guess just how far down the rabbit hole he’s willing to go in order to find her. Debuting in 1949 in Batman #49, Tetch is one of the very, very many aspects of Batman lore co-created by Bill Finger, who in 2015 was finally acknowledged by DC Comics as the official co-creator of Batman himself. Like many villains who debuted during the golden age of comics, The Mad Hatter was originally a comical figure before being reimagined as a much darker character beginning in the 1970s.
From writer/executive producer Bruno Heller, Gotham follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
The second season ended with Prof. Hugo Strange’s bizarre Indian Hill experiments being conducted underneath Arkham Asylum. A big clue about the likely return of Mad Hatter was dropped when Strange and his assistant Ethel Peabody were talking about his resurrection process as he clutched a copy of Through the Looking Glass and spouted off a quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Heller executive produces the WBTV series based on DC Comics characters with Danny Cannon and John Stephens.
Samuel was most recently seen in a recurring role on The Walking Dead, playing The Wolf. He recently played the male lead in the Australian miniseries The Beautiful Lie, and had a lead role in Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk. He also appears in Australian miniseries Secret City, and in indie features By Way of Helena and The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He’s repped by Management 360 and by United Management in Australia.