"Stan designed pharmaceutical weapons to be used by combat troops. Drugs that worked on an epigenetic level. Imagine an army made up of soldiers so strong that they can tear a man apart with their bare hands. Of course, at the beginning, there were side effects. But Viper was the first batch. They worked out the kinks in the second version, called it Venom..."
Isaac Steiner to Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock[src]

Venom is the second version of a prototype pharmaceutical drug known as Viper. It was created by former WellZyn biochemist, Stan Potolsky.


When visited by Detectives Gordon and Bullock, Isaac Steiner recalled the history of the drug's creation. Venom was cited to be a fixed version of Viper, without any of the side effects.[1]


Season 1


  • Venom is fairly prominent in the DC Comics universe, where it is the drug that gives the supervillain Bane his extreme strength, which he uses on one occasion to break the Batman's back.


  1. Cutter, Rebecca Perry (writer) & Hunter, Tim (director) (October 20, 2014). "Viper". Gotham. Season 1. Episode 5. FOX.