Well, it looks like the origin stories are going to truly be coming to an end, but not this season at least. Many were wondering if Gotham was going to be canceled, especially after reports surfaced that the show would be if Lethal Weapon could find its new lead after one of them got fired. Thankfully for Gotham fans, they were granted one last season to settle everything, and they’ll get 13 episodes to do it, which means this will be another DC Comics TV show to go over 100 episodes.
Gotham has had quite an interesting fourth season. Bruce Wayne donned a mask to try and become a vigilante for the sake of the people in the city. James Gordon decided to take the fight to the Penguin by enlisting the help of Sophia Falcone. Ra’s Al Ghul and Professor Pyg made their debuts in the series, and it all led to some shocking twists at the midseason finale. Bruce fired Alfred, James got conned by Sophia, and now all of Gotham is in trouble because of new leadership. And that was just the first half of the season.
The CW seems to have the DC Comics universe on lock. It has Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, The Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen and Constantine (via CWSeed animated series), and in less than a month, Black Lightning will arrive. The only current DC Comics show that isn’t tied to the CW or the Arrowverse is Gotham, which is the “prequel” series for Batman and his allies/Rogues gallery. Yet, that isn’t stopping star David Mazouz from pitching an idea for a crossover:
Despite it being a “prequel series”, Gotham has never been shy about bringing in much of Batman’s Rogues Gallery to help boost the plot and keep things interesting. Such characters Penguin, Carmine Falcone, Catwoman, Riddler, Victor Zsasz, Poison Ivy, and the Court of Owls have been brought into the fold, and this upcoming season we’re seeing the truth birth of the Scarecrow, along with the arrival of Professor Pyg, among others.
Gotham is set for some big changes this season, not the least of which is because of its new timeslot on Thursdays (after spending three seasons on Mondays). How the shift will affect the shows ratings remains to be seen, but you can bet that the show will make it clear that this is a show worth watching no matter when it is watched. And a new promo highlights that quite well.
Gotham came off another powerful season this year, and it ended with the arrival of Bruce truly starting his quest to be Batman by taking down criminals in the streets. At San Diego Comic Con, a new sizzle reel was shown that highlighted all the major beats that have happened both in the series and in the third season.
It’s fascinating to think about how far Gotham has come. The show that was arguably one of the biggest risks on the TV side heroes has now gone three seasons strong, with the last two really winning over a lot of fans. Season 03 delved even deeper into the lore of Batman by bringing the true birth of the Riddler, the arrival of Ra’s Al Ghul, and the undeniable beginnings of the paths of both Batman and Catwoman.
One the biggest cruxs of the “prequel” series Gotham is that we’ll get to see the rise of not only the villains, but the emergence of Bruce Wayne into Batman like we’ve never seen before. At the end of Season 03, Bruce took his first step into vigilanteism when he saved a family from getting robbed the same way that his parents were. As he stood upon the rooftop looking over Gotham, we knew that Batman was coming.
The story of Gotham the TV series is a very curious one. Originally meant to be a simple “origin story” to the Batman universe, and that’s honestly what it was in its first season, the show has grown to be something else entirely. One that doesn’t mind messing with the elements of the Batman timeline in subtle ways, and push stories and characters in ways that are very reminiscent of DC Comics books rather than just a TV show.
The Gotham City Sirens were a team forged by Paul Dini in the Batman comics after the apparent death of Bruce Wayne. It consisted of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. If rumors are to be believed, the TV show Gotham is trying to make their own version of the Sirens. But this one features Barbara Kean and Tigress. Though not named as such in the show yet, the actresses behind the characters are saying they’re called that. And, it looks like Season 04 could see the rise of them. As Tigress herself Jessica Lucas has said the following:
At Wondercon, the cast of Gotham took the stage and talked more about what was going to happen in Season 03. The show left off with the Joker, aka Jerome, being stopped, and Bruce Wayne being left at a crossroads about what he was going to do. He made the decision to do even more to try and help the city, but in the right way, leading to the creation of the famous “I won’t kill” rule that Batman is known for.
One of the big draws of Gotham Season 03 is that there is a clone of Bruce Wayne, and last episode saw the two Bruce’s meet for the first time. But by the end of the episode, it was clear just how different this clone was. At the Gotham panel, the actor playing both Bruce’s, David Mazouz, talked about how the Bruce’s actually envy the other in some way: