First Look at Mad Hatter on Gotham

, Mad Hatter uses technology to control people's minds. Here, though, like the rest of the [...]

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Mad Hatter is coming to Gotham this season, as teased late in season two, when Hugo Strange looked to stories he could use to "reprogram" some of his experiments, flashing an Alice in Wonderland book in the process. Actor Benedict Samuel, who guest-starred on The Walking Dead as one of the deadly Wolves, is playing the role, and FOX has released a first look of him in costume - complete with watch and hat, naturally, via EW.

In the comics (and other adaptations like Batman: The Animated Series), Mad Hatter uses technology to control people's minds. Here, though, like the rest of the villains on the show, he's being represented as a newcomer, and someone who's just coming into his own as a villain. Hence the watch: he'll use it as part of his hypnotic gimmick. FOX's official description of Mr. Jervis Tetch reads:

"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."

The big change here is that Jervis's "Alice" is his sister; typically it's been a random character he's kidnapped, or someone he's been obssessing over in previous incarnations. The description also makes it seem like Mad Hatter, despite the hints in season two, might not be one of Hugo Strange's experiments, after all. We'll find out soon.

Benedict Samuel has a recurring role for this season of Gotham, and will debut in the third episode of the season, which kicks off on September 19, 2016.

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