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Will There Be A Gotham Season 6?

Gotham season 6 may be something fans want after the show finally turns Bruce Wayne into Batman and gives Jim Gordon a mustache, but will there end up being more to the DC-based story? Premiering in fall 2014, Gotham spent part of its run as one of FOX’s highest-rated dramas. While live viewership has fallen off quite a bit in the last few years, Gotham maintains a loyal fanbase, one that was very happy when FOX opted to give the series a proper final season instead of simply canceling it on a cliffhanger as they’ve done with so many past shows.

It was officially announced in May 2018, just shy of FOX airing season 4’s finale, that Gotham would get a fifth and final season designed to wrap up the Batman prequel series. Gotham season 5 ended up consisting of a mere 12 episodes, much less than the 22-episode orders of past seasons. Still, any Gotham fan would agree that getting 12 episodes is much better than ending after season 4, with Selina Kyle shot in the stomach, Ed Nygma and Lee Thompkins bleeding out from knife wounds, and Gotham about to turn into a lawless wasteland.

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Now it’s all over, fans will be hungry for more Bat-action. Here’s what we know about the highly unlikely possibility of a Gotham season 6.

Gotham Season 5 Was The End

Gotham season 5 allowed fans to see the No Man’s Land story play out, and to finally witness Jim Gordon evolve into the mustachioed lawman found in most DC comics. Bruce Wayne also finally became Batman, the heroic protector Gotham was destined to rely on. With season 5’s finale giving fans a glimpse at Gotham after a large time jump that finishes its origin goals, there’s really nowhere left for the series to go. The finale was clearly designed to bookend Gotham’s story, leaving no real room for a Gotham season 6.

Gotham Was Jim Gordon’s Story, Not Batman’s

Once it was made clear that Gotham season 5 would end with a fully-formed Batman, many fans suddenly found themselves wishing for a Gotham season 6 that could focus on Batman’s adventures taking down bad guys. The problem here is that everyone knows that story, and Gotham was never designed to be a Batman-focused series. While Bruce Wayne played a major part in the journey, Gotham has always been Jim Gordon’s show, and was intended to chronicle his journey first and foremost. Batman’s path may well be just beginning, but Gordon’s story is told.

There Are No Plans To Continue Gotham’s Story

While quite a few shows over the years have ended only to be later revived, there’s little chance Gotham will be one of them. Gotham season 5 was crafted from the ground up to conclude the series, and there’s been absolutely zero mention of a Gotham season 6 happening. There’s also been no indication that any kind of follow-up program or spinoff is in the works. While Gotham creator Bruno Heller is shepherding Pennyworth, an origin story for Batman’s faithful butler, at EPIX, there are no plans to connect the two shows. For Gotham, this is truly the end.

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2019-04-25 11:04:30

Michael Kennedy

Gotham Series Finale Review: Batman Prequel Series Punts In Its Final Hour

Throughout its five-season run, FOX’s Gotham made a point of marching to the distinct beat of its own campy drummer. But while the show’s take on the crime-ridden streets of Batman’s home town and his classic rogues’ gallery of villains stood out for being deliberately exaggerated and theatrical, it never quite managed to be the show it could have been. That’s not to say Gotham had to be yet another attempt to ape the stylistic and tonal aspirations of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, but it wouldn’t have hurt if the series felt as though its approach to storytelling was more than throwing remixed versions of Bat-villains against the wall to see what sticks. 

So much of the final season of Gotham has been a mixed bag of ambition and inevitability. The show’s producers have long said that the Caped Crusader won’t make an appearance until the series’ finale, leaving the 12 episodes of this last season with a lot of heavy lifting to do, so the show’s resident Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) would be ready to don the cape and cowl before spending his nights punching bad guys really hard. That was in addition to the ‘No Man’s Land’ storyline that dominated much of the first 11 episodes of the season. After the city was separated from the rest of the U.S. and besieged by roving gangs headed up by the likes of Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), and more, what remained of the GCPD — including James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) — was left to maintain some semblance of control. That was until Bane (Shane West) showed up and everything went predictably to hell. 

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As far as final seasons go, that premise isn’t bad. Gotham City has always been the problem child the rest of the DC Universe would rather forget about, and putting its survival on the line like that (despite the obvious comparisons to Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises) fittingly raised the stakes for the series. And to see Gordon and Bullock paired up with Penguin, the Riddler, and more to save the city from destruction made for the sort of story the show often struggled mightily to be: one not about the rise of Bruce Wayne to become Batman, but that of Jim Gordon, the titular city’s other protector. 

In many ways, last week’s ‘They Did What?’ served as the series’ official series finale, with ‘The Beginning…’ serving as more of a coda to the overarching story. With the city saved and Bruce on his years-long quest to become the hero his city needs, Gotham was ready to hand the reins over to its pointy-eared protector, but what the series actually delivers is a shallow pastiche of previous Batman origin stories, one told too hastily and from too many different perspectives to deliver a truly dramatic punch, much less an enticing new spin on the character’s early days. 

The issue stems mostly from the decision to jump forward 10 years in time, putting the characters in the unenviable position of having to explain what’s transpired over the last decade, while also dealing with the arrival of Gotham’s golden boy. Bruce’s homecoming is hamstrung by the fact that Mazouz only makes a brief appearance at the episode’s beginning, before the time jump takes place. And while the series scores some points for the clever casting of in Lili Simmons (Banshee), as the now-grown Selina Kyle, Selina’s role as the cat burglar extraordinaire Catwoman feels unmoored from the character viewers have gotten to know over the past five seasons.

It’s a problem that carries through the hour as the arrival of both Bruce Wayne and Batman is the talk of the town, but both characters are shunted off to the margins, with Bruce never actually being seen and Batman only showing up in his bargain-basement suit at the episode’s end. Throughout the episode, Gotham seems to be wrestling with how much time it wants to devote to the character audiences have been waiting to see, with the awed reactions of street-level characters like Gordon, Bullock, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), and Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk). In the end, it the hour winds up punting on both accounts. 

Credit to Taylor and Smith who are tasked with screaming through most of the episode as they’re either revealed to be patsies in Jeremiah Valeska’s grand scheme to dunk Gordon’s daughter in a vat of Ace Chemical-brand green goo, or are besieged by an offscreen guy presumably dressed up as a bat. Cameron Monaghan, meanwhile, gets to be the Joker — but not in name — wearing some garish makeup and doing his level best to sound sort of but not too much like a mashup between Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger’s versions of the character. In the end, neither Jeremiah nor Penguin and Riddler have any sort of meaningful run-in with the Batman. Instead, that’s saved for Selina, who speaks to Bruce without ever making eye contact (otherwise the show would have to focus on his costume), in a scene that provides little to none of the emotional closure either character probably should have had in that moment. 

Though it often succeeded in being exaggerated and weird, Gotham struggled to match its odd-duck status with its ambitions to be a compelling comic books story. As the final hour demonstrates, the series was ultimately too concerned with where Bruce Wayne was headed when it should have been more invested in what the arrival of Batman meant in the city for which the show was named. 

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Gotham seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix.


2019-04-25 06:04:46

Kevin Yeoman

Gotham Introduced Its Real Barbara Gordon, The Future Batgirl

Gotham has finally confirmed viewers’ suspicions that the newest, youngest member of the cast is, in fact, Barbara Gordon, who will eventually take up the mantle of Batgirl. In the Batman comic books, Barbara is the daughter of Commissioner Jim Gordon and decides to follow Batman’s example in becoming a vigilante, taking to the streets under the name of Batgirl in an attempt to help fight crime in a way that her father cannot.

Introduced in the 1960s by creators Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino, Batgirl proved hugely popular with comic readers and spearheaded the progression of women taking on more active roles in superhero stories. As well as being a tough crime-fighter, Barbara has a PhD and following her paralysis at the hands of Joker in The Killing Joke, adopted the role of Oracle instead – aiding her allies with remote hacking and computer skills.

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Barbara Gordon is not only an integral part of Batman canon but also a huge part of Jim Gordon’s personal arc. And, since the Commissioner is very much at the heart of Gotham, it’s only natural that Barbara would feature in the show, although her introduction has proven far less straightforward on screen than on the page.

In Gotham‘s first season, Jim is in a relationship with Barbara Kean – Barbara Gordon’s mother in the comic books. Unfortunately, their relationship proves rather short-lived and after Kean descended into a life of villainy, murder and organized crime, it seemed that any reconciliation with the GCPD’s bastion of morality was firmly out of the question.

Naturally, this forced Gotham viewers to question how Jim’s daughter would be introduced into the series, or indeed whether she would feature at all. Barbara Gordon’s Gotham debut looked even more unlikely when Lee Thompkins, Jim’s second love interest, tragically miscarried the couple’s child and as the “No Man’s Land” arc commenced, having a child seemed the furthest thing from Jim’s mind.

Due to pure chance (and a healthy dose of adrenaline-fueled lust), Batgirl’s existence in Gotham was set into motion early in Gotham season 5, as Jim Gordon and Barbara Kean shared a night of passion within the comfy trappings of the GCPD Captain’s office. Speculation soon began suggesting that this brief tryst could pave the way for the birth of Barbara Gordon and, sure enough, Kean announced her pregnancy a couple of episodes later.

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However, it wasn’t until Gotham‘s second-to-last episode that the link between this newborn child and Batgirl was cemented. Fresh from freeing the city from the clutches of Bane and Nyssa al Ghul, Gordon holds his infant child and says “I don’t even know what to call her.” Clearly not feeling the need to discuss naming choices with the baby’s father, Kean declares that the child will be named “Barbara” – thus confirming the Batgirl link that many fans already strongly suspected.

While this moment was relatively low-key compared to the many other goings-on in the episode’s conclusion, the confirmation of Barbara Gordon actually represents a major piece of Jim Gordon’s story. It could even be argued that Gotham, essentially a Jim Gordon solo venture, would feel incomplete without introducing the Commissioner’s famous crime-fighting daughter. It’ll be fascinating to see what role young Barbara could play in the flashforwards that will occur during the forthcoming series finale.

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Gotham season 5 will conclude with “The Beginning…” April 25th on Fox.


2019-04-23 02:04:46

Craig Elvy

Gotham Series Finale Trailer: The End Of Batman’s Beginning

After five seasons, FOX is finally set to bid adieu to Gotham by fulfilling the one promise producers have maintained from the beginning: Batman will only be seen when the series ends. That promise has more or less sustained the series through the seasons, as the campy prequel has shifted from a Jim Gordon-centric tale to one that, like the city for which it is named, is overrun by the eccentric and dangerous criminals that not only populate it, but frequently threaten to watch it all burn. 

The final season of Gotham has seen its cast of proto-villains, as well as the proto-Caped Crusader himself, Bruce Wayne (Daniel Mazouz), defend the city after it was shut off from the outside world, in a re-telling of the ‘No Man’s Land’ storyline from the comics. Like all things on Gotham, this re-telling has welcomed its fair share of changes, like also acting as a kind of ‘Batman: Year Zero’ storyline, as well as introducing a dramatically different version of Bane (Shane West) from what’s been seen before (and that includes Tom Hardy’s version from The Dark Knight Rises). 

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Nevertheless, the truncated final season has soldiered on, setting up the sort of send-off viewers have been calling for since the show premiered back in 2014. And from the look of things, it’ll be the sort of send-off only Gotham can provide. Take a look at the Gotham series finale trailer below: 

The extended series finale trailer works hard to convey the amount of time that’s passed since Bruce left Gotham, swearing to return when he’s ready to be the hero it needs. As such, characters like Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) have had the necessary time to reflect on their criminal choices and to really nail down their comics-accurate looks. Meanwhile, Camren Bicondovia’s Selina Kyle has grown up and become Lili Simmons (Banshee), who is now prowling the streets as Catwoman. The only missing piece is Mazouz’s Bruce Wayne, who, as his trusty butler Alfred (Sean Pertwee) continues to mention throughout the trailer, is not exactly known for his punctuality. 

It all adds up to a final episode that hinges on the arrival of Gotham’s famed vigilante. Though there’s only a few fleeting shots of the Batsuit, there are several callbacks to some of Batman’s early days, especially from Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One story. How it will all pan out on TV is another matter altogether, but viewers don’t have to wait long to see the end of Batman’s beginning. 

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Gotham series finale airs Thursday, April 25 @8pm on FOX.


2019-04-22 05:04:39

Kevin Yeoman

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Stars Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order will star Cameron Monaghan of Gotham and Shameless. Monaghan was unveiled at Star Wars Celebration 2019, with the team from developer Respawn Entertainment finally revealing some finite details about this long-anticipated video game.

This Star Wars game has been in the pipeline for some time, but was initially announced during E3 2018 with Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella giving scant details. For Star Wars Celebration, though, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order took center stage with an in-depth discussion from the studio alongside the much-wanted initial trailer for the title.

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Among the details given was the announcement that Cameron Monaghan would star as Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order‘s main character. Monaghan’s turn as Jeremiah Valeska in Gotham has been a fascinating one for DC fans, particularly that recent creepy look at the Joker, but next up he will be swapping the comic book world for the one of the Force.

In Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Monaghan will play Cal Ketsis. Set after the events of Revenge of the Sith, Cal is a Jedi Padawan who escaped Order 66, the event which led to the near-eradication of the Jedi. His survival is based on hiding his powers from the world, but when he is found out he is pursued by the Inquisitors, who Star Wars fans may recognise from Star Wars Rebels. The chief antagonist is the Second Sister of the Inquisitors, so players will face a new and likely formidable challenge.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order certainly looks to contain a lot that will keep players happy. For a long time, the video game community has been calling for a single player Star Wars game, particularly after the two Star Wars: Battlefront titles and the struggles with sales and loot box backlash. With Respawn promising no microtransactions and a single player focus, it ticks plenty of boxes for those after a game that follows the Star Wars classics of old.

That said, until gameplay footage proper is finally revealed some may still remain cautious about exactly how Jedi Fallen Order is shaping up. Respawn promised that the story trailer included in-game assets, and talked well about the thoughtful combat system in the game, but a game such as Jedi Fallen Order will live or die on its gameplay. At the very least, having a talented lead actor for the project suggests the narrative elements are being taken very seriously.

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2019-04-13 01:04:57

Rob Gordon

Gotham Star Reveals Creepy New Close-Up Look at The Joker

Gotham returns next week for its final two episodes, and star Cameron Monaghan celebrated by dropping a perfectly horrible close-up of himself as the Joker on social media. Fans have been very vocal about the Joker’s look ever since it was first revealed, but as the finale approaches he’s looking more and more like just what the Arkham Asylum doctors ordered.

After falling into a toxic pit in an episode appropriately titled “ACE Chemicals,” the last time audiences saw Jeremiah Valeska was while he was lying in a hospital bed wrapped in bandages. Now those bandages have unwrapped, and both the latest trailers and Monaghan himself have provided some impressive peeks into what Gotham‘s biggest nightmare looks like. Turns out the chemicals really did do a number on him, reinventing him once again despite his previously bleached skin and tortured grimace.

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As evidenced by Monaghan’s recent Instagram post, the makeup department is to be commended for this surprisingly comic accurate take on the Joker given the restraints placed on them from above. The burned skin makes it almost impossible to tell that it’s the same actor taking his character to the next level, and no one can deny who he’s meant to be even if the show remains barred from using the “Joker” moniker. And while it’s not clear exactly what his story will be in the final two episodes, the trailer showcases his hand stabbed by a weapon suspiciously similar to a batarang, which suggests he’ll factor into the flashforward heavily.

Monaghan’s caption reads, “#Gotham. Two weeks.” Since the show is actually returning in one week, we can assume he won’t make his appearance until the finale itself. This means that a lot could go down for Jeremiah in the interim, which would only add to his history of twists and turns before ultimately becoming the Clown Prince of Gotham. After all, no one expected when Jerome first appeared on the show in the first season that it would be his twin brother who ultimately fell into the iconic chemical vat and came out forever changed.

Whether this Joker look hits the spot for longtime fans or not, there’s no denying that a lot of detail and effort has gone into it. If the actor’s consistent sharing of behind-the-scenes material is any indication, the cast and crew are anticipating the final reveal – and Batman showdown – as much as the audience is. In many ways, Gotham has been building up the Joker’s rise to criminal power just as much as it has Gordon’s career in law enforcement or Bruce’s climb towards vigilantism. It’s only fitting that the last hour of the show’s lifespan should throw those entities into each other’s paths once more, setting itself apart by telling its own version of the timeless tale while also paying homage to all the adaptations that have come before.

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Gotham penultimate episode,”They Did What?”, airs April 18th on Fox.

Source: Cameron Monaghan/Instagram



2019-04-12 12:04:39

Tatiana Hullender

Gotham’s Bruce Wayne Is Still Missing Two Big Batman Ingredients

With only two episodes remaining, Bruce Wayne is almost ready to become Batman in Gotham, although there’s still a couple of things that need to be addressed first. Gotham‘s primary focus has always been on Jim Gordon, but the development of David Mazouz’s young millionaire has been given just as much prominence in the narrative, particularly during the show’s later seasons.

Starting out as a timid young boy trying to process the tragedy of his parents’ deaths, Bruce has transformed into a mature, wise and intelligent figure in Gotham City, trusted by many powerful people to get things done. Bruce has a steely determination and a drive to help others at any given opportunity. The teenager has also become a formidable physical force, training initially under his butler and former military man Alfred Pennyworth, before taking instruction from the mysterious Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows.

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Bruce has discovered a secret cavern underneath (the now-destroyed) Wayne Manor that will one day serve as the Bat-Cave and struck up a budding romance with future lover Selina Kyle. He’s lived on the streets, become skilled in espionage and used a prototype suit from Lucius Fox to fight crime in the dead of night. Even as a youngster, Bruce has already gone toe-to-toe with several recognizable Batman villains, such as Azrael, The Court of Owls and Joker. Almost all of the pieces are in place for Bruce to become the Dark Knight, but Gotham isn’t quite there yet.

Where Does The Bat Influence Come From In Gotham?

During Bruce Wayne’s amateur crime-fighting escapades in Gotham, the young vigilante has been wearing a black suit and mask strongly resembling an early, rudimentary version of Batman’s famous gear. However, the getup is noticeably lacking any reference to bats: no pointy-ears, no logo on the chest and no Bat-shaped objects to throw at the undesirables of Gotham City. Clearly, the influence of flying mammals is an integral element of the Batman character and has been explained in previous adaptations as the result of a phobia or an attempt to use theatrics to gain an advantage.

No such reference has been made in Gotham, with the show remaining largely bat-free for the entirety of its run. Only once have the creatures featured properly, in season 4’s “A Beautiful Darkness.” In this episode, Bruce Wayne witnessed a vision of his future self as a masked vigilante who, at the end, burst into a flock of bats. Whether the vision is a reverie from Bruce’s subconscious mind or a glimpse at the future is left open to interpretation, but if this alone is why Bruce chooses the bat as a symbol, then Gotham has created somewhat of a paradox where Batman’s trademark style comes from a future version of himself.

And even though the vision-Batman didn’t have any visible bat-themed gear, a recently released Gotham finale poster has confirmed that Mazouz’s grown-up crime fighter will indeed adopt the traditional, iconic Batman imagery in the show’s final episode.

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Gotham has been infamously restricted by studio higher-ups in how it can use the Joker, and it’s possible that similar limits are in place for Batman himself, with the show potentially banned from using any bat imagery until the final episode. Now that the finale is here however, the lack of explanation regarding Bruce’s connection to bats is a glaring piece of the puzzle yet to be put into place and one of the main points that needs addressing in the final two episodes.

Why Does Batman Resolve To Work Outside Of The Law?

Beyond the look, Batman is defined by his status as a vigilante. Due to the corruption and ineffectiveness of Gotham’s police, the superhero chooses to work outside of the law, only ever trusting Commissioner Gordon and a few other select cops – and, even then, that relationship can be temperamental. This certainly isn’t the case with Gotham‘s Bruce Wayne, who has thus far spent season 5 working hand-in-hand with the GCPD to help protect the city and its people. In fact, Bruce has spent far more time in Gotham working with the police than against them, and only during a brief spell as a masked vigilante in season 4 did the youngster seriously fall foul of the law.

The determination to do the right thing, seek justice and help the weak has always been obvious in David Mazouz’s Bruce, even from Gotham‘s very first episode, but his transition into a warrior has come with no small amount of self-doubt. The early stages of Bruce’s crime-fighting career have been tainted by the influence of Ra’s al Ghul and a moral dilemma over how to exert control and discipline over one’s skills. While season 5 Bruce is a more self-assured young man, his way of operating is quite far from how Batman takes care of business.

Gotham‘s current Bruce is largely working legitimately with the city’s remaining authorities, and using his hidden combat skills to take on side missions but, crucially, is doing so without any sort of mask or disguise. Bruce is fulfilling his desire to do good and fight evil, but as himself instead of the Dark Knight. Obviously, this is a situation that will someday change, but with Bruce and Wayne Enterprises doing so much good for citizens alongside the GCPD, there needs to be some explanation as to why the future Batman decides Jim Gordon’s men aren’t up to task and that being a lone force in the shadows is the way forward.

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Gotham continues with “They Did What?” April 18 on Fox.


2019-04-04 10:04:02

Craig Elvy

Gotham’s Batman Finally Rises in Series Finale Poster

Take a look at this brand new Gotham series finale poster that heralds the arrival of the Dark Knight himself, Batman. Gotham‘s original mission statement was to act as a prequel to the Batman story and focus on the early career of Commissioner Jim Gordon. With each passing season however, Gotham‘s version of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) has inched closer to the superhero viewers know he will eventually become. The teenager has trained under his butler Alfred, took a few lessons from the League of Shadows and has donned a black rubber suit (without the Bat influence) to take on some minor criminals.

Gotham‘s currently running season 5 is confirmed to be its last, and recent episodes have demonstrated Bruce’s keen ability in hand-to-hand combat and his intelligence regularly outpaces that of the adults in the room. It’s time for the build-up to pay off and for Bruce to finally emerge as the Caped Crusader. Previous announcements have confirmed that at least part of Gotham‘s final episode will take the form of a flashforward, in which comic-accurate versions of the show’s cast will be seen. Penguin will be fat, Jim Gordon will have a mustache and Bruce Wayne will be Batman. However, it has also been revealed that the final version of the iconic superhero of Batman won’t be entirely played by Mazouz.

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In anticipation of that long-awaited final episode, Fox’s official Twitter account has released a brand new poster showing the familiar rear profile of the show’s Batman – pointy ears and all. Featuring the tagline “The Dark Knight is upon us,” the poster showcases a little of Mazouz’s Batsuit, as his now grown-up superhero surveys Gotham City from above.

Gotham‘s showrunner previously revealed that their Batsuit design would, like the current season as a whole, be heavily influenced by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Certainly, there’s elements of Christian Bale’s final costume in this image, in particular the cowl, but it could also be said that this design is more of a classic take, with some Tim Burton-era influence thrown in.

While Bruce Wayne’s growth in Gotham is almost complete, there are a few gaps in the narrative that Gotham needs to address before it goes “full Batman.” Firstly, Bruce Wayne has merely dabbled in vigilantism and viewers have yet to see why he decides to devote his life to fighting crime. Secondly, there has been no mention thus far of Bruce Wayne’s Bat obsession in Gotham – no falling into the Batcave or using the image to strike fear into criminals. Mazouz’s suits up to this point have been entirely devoid of Bat features and it would certainly be interesting to see how and why that changes. With only two episodes left however, time is certainly running short.

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Gotham continues with “They Did What?” April 18th on Fox.

Source: Fox



2019-03-28 01:03:39

Craig Elvy

Gotham’s Bane Finally Broke The Bat (But With A Twist)

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Gotham season 5.

Gotham delivered its own take on Bane’s iconic “breaking of the Bat” but did so with a surprising and unique twist. The fifth and final season of Gotham has included a raft of antagonists from Cameron Monaghan’s almost-but-not-quite Joker to the conniving and mysterious Theresa Walker. However, perhaps the most high profile villain this season is Eduardo Dorrance, better known to Bat-fans as Bane.

Like many Gotham characters, Bane was given a slightly altered backstory, presented as a former military colleague of Jim Gordon’s that had been captured behind enemy lines. From there, the traditional Bane origin was weaved into the fabric of the character, spending time training in a grueling foreign prison and finally escaping with the intention of taking down Gotham City, albeit at the behest of a handler as per The Dark Knight Rises, rather than acting upon his own designs.

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Undoubtedly Bane’s most memorable contribution to Batman comic lore is the moment he achieves his goal of breaking the Batman in the Knightfall arc from the early 1990s. After tiring the superhero out by setting the assorted criminals of Arkham Asylum free, Bane finally faced down the Caped Crusader and effortlessly dispatched him, concluding the assault by smashing Bruce Wayne’s back over a bent knee and forcing him into a lengthy spell on the sidelines. This image was first immortalized into live-action with Christian Bale and Tom Hardy’s 2012 duel in The Dark Knight Rises, a clash that resulted in Bale’s Bruce Wayne spending a significant chunk of the film recuperating.

With Bane finally making his debut on Gotham, it’s perhaps natural that the show would want to deliver its own interpretation of breaking the Bat, although the idea of snapping a teenager in half doesn’t have quite the same impact, especially when said youngster hasn’t even properly become Batman yet. Gotham found a way around this conundrum with a hugely surprising twist.

In this week’s episode, Bane’s master, Theresa Walker, was revealed to be Nyssa al Ghul and, understandably, the daughter of the late Ra’s al Ghul had revenge on her mind, targeting the two people who finished Ra’s off last season: Bruce Wayne and Barbara Kean. Complicating matters considerably is the fact that, during Bane’s assassination mission, Barbara was in the middle of giving birth to her baby with Jim Gordon. Thankfully, Bruce was able to free himself and tell Alfred and Selina Kyle to get down to Gotham City’s medical clinic and protect mother and child.

Aside from saving the life of the baby who will likely go on to become Batgirl, Bruce’s warning also ends up putting the two people he cherishes straight into Bane’s path. Alfred bravely takes the brute on headfirst but is soundly beaten by the physically superior warrior, and Bane also puts a very familiar, brutal exclamation point on the fight. With the butler on his last legs, Bane lifts Alfred straight up over his head, directly mirroring his “break the Bat” pose, and smashes his back right across the spine, this time into a pillar rather than a knee. Broken and crumpled on the floor, the notoriously detached Selina is horrified by Alfred’s injury. The episode ends without exploring exactly how grievous the blow was.

Batman fans will no doubt appreciate this nod to the source material, but Bane’s breaking of Alfred also serves a key narrative purpose. In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane destroys a superhero coming to the end of his crime-fighting career, helping Bruce to realize that he should consider retirement. In this week’s episode of Gotham, Bruce’s long-suffering employee confessed that, with Bruce now an adult, there was no need in the boy’s life for a butler. In both instances, Bane breaks someone nearing the end of their profession and this makes a lot more sense than inflicting a devastating back injury on a fledgling Dark Knight.

As viewers well know, however, Alfred’s time assisting Bruce Wayne is far from over and Gotham viewers can be assured that Bane’s back-breaking assault won’t keep Alfred from tending to the Batcave in the years to come. But, sadly, Sean Pertwee’s battle-ready incarnation of the famous butler may be a little less of an action hero from now on.

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Gotham continues with “They Did What?” April 18th on Fox.


2019-03-22 10:03:26

Craig Elvy

Why Gotham’s Joker Isn’t Really Dead

Gotham season 5 episode 4, “Ruin,” delivered a shocking scene that left the fate of Jeremiah, the show’s version of the Joker, hanging in the balance; however, it’s unlikely that viewers have seen the last of the Joker. In Gotham‘s season 4 finale, Jeremiah took inspiration from The Killing Joke and shot Selina Kyle (rather than Barbara Gordon) in the stomach, leaving her paralyzed.

Fortunately, Gotham season 5 saw Selina cured after Bruce collected some mystical vegan hoodoo from Poison Ivy that not only cured Selina’s condition, but also turned her into Catwoman. Since being cured, Selina’s primary goal has been to exact revenge on Jeremiah Valeska, aka the unofficial Joker, by killing him once and for all, and the young Catwoman finally got her wish in last week’s episode, “Ruin,” after infiltrating Jeremiah’s base and stabbing him in the gut several times. But that may not be the end for the Joker.

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Clearly, Jeremiah was not left in a good way, but Bruce and Alfred managed to drag Selina away before she could inflict any obviously fatal wounds, leaving Jeremiah’s status unclear. A short promo for episode 4 seems to confirm Jeremiah’s death, showing the Sirens toasting Selina as his killer, but the situation is unlikely to be quite straightforward, since many of Gotham‘s villains have come back from far worse. The fact scenes of Jeremiah used in Gotham‘s season 5 trailer still hasn’t featured in an actual episode is also a big hint towards the character’s eventual survival.

Cameron Monaghan as Jeremiah Valeska in Gotham

While the teaser for Gotham season 5 episode 5, “Pena Dura,” sees Barbara Kean in an unusually chipper mood as she lauds Jeremiah’s death, it’s not clear where she got her information. Selina may have assumed her attack on Jeremiah was fatal, when the Joker-esque villain is actually clinging to life and being gently nursed by his version of Harley Quinn. However, it seems that Jeremiah’s future is headed in the same direction whether he survived Selina’s attack or not.

Episode 7 of Gotham‘s fifth and final season is reportedly titled “Ace Chemicals”, and people familiar with Batman lore will know that this could mean something significant for the show’s version of the Joker. While the Joker’s origin story is often altered and shuffled to add to the villain’s sense of mystique, many versions of his background involve falling into a vat of some dangerous substance at Gotham City’s Ace Chemicals plant. The use of this location as an episode title would suggest that Gotham isn’t done with its Joker just yet. Further evidence that Jeremiah Valeska isn’t permanently dead comes from showrunner John Stephens, who claimed (via TV Guide):

“You never see a full transformation into the Joker, but you do see another transformation. Jeremiah undergoes another evolution in his character to become another amalgam of Jeremiah and Jerome that I think audiences are gonna look at and say, ‘If it’s not the Joker then it’s definitely an antecedent or a proto-Joker that lives there.'”

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Cameron Monaghan in Gotham Season 4

Combine this quote with Gotham‘s forthcoming “Ace Chemicals” episode offering and an exciting potential storyline rapidly emerges. Jeremiah’s rabid followers could throw his lifeless corpse/badly injured body into a chemical vat at the Ace Chemicals plant in an attempt to cure him, triggering the “evolution” Stephens refers to above. This scenario would also explain last year’s reports that a new version of the Joker would appear in Gotham season 5. Perhaps an even more crazed and unhinged Jeremiah awaits, fueled by a concoction of unknown ingredients.

While some may view this as a cheap way of avoiding Jeremiah’s exit, death is rarely a permanent thing in Gotham, and the show has a long history of characters coming back from the grave. Only last season, the Riddler and Lee Thompkins killed each other in Romeo and Juliet fashion, only to be revived by Hugo Strange in the very same episode without much fanfare. Bruce’s butler, Alfred, and Barbara Kean have both been revived with the help of a Lazarus pit, Butch was resurrected as Swamp Thing, and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney came back from certain doom on several occasions. Jeremiah’s twin brother, Jerome, the first of Gotham‘s Jokers, also died once before his actual death last season.

As a result of death’s fluidity in the world of Gotham, murder scenes that aren’t absolutely conclusive have somewhat lost their impact and the list of characters that have returned from the afterlife is almost as long as the cast list itself. It remains to be seen as to whether Jeremiah’s death is permanent, or if he even died at all following Selina’s attack, but in either case, it feels like Gotham‘s Joker still has an ace up his sleeve.

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