Gotham season 5 is well into production and it’s been confirmed that Bruce Wayne will finally become Batman in the show’s final season.
Set ten years from the show’s current timeline, season 5 will see Bruce Wayne have his first real-life encounter with a large swarm of bats. The story will follow Bruce through the challenges of the final years that lead to the creation of Gotham’s most iconic hero.
Speaking about Bruce Wayne’s journey towards becoming the Dark Knight, executive producer John Stephens said, “We are gonna get to see him make the final steps, you know? We are not gonna leave anything on the table, or whatever the phrase is. We’re gonna put it all on the table and take it off of the table. I mean, there are not going to be any steps for Bruce Wayne to take to becoming Batman that don’t get taken this season. We’re gonna see him go all the way.”
Stephens also stated that the series will be adapting more popular storylines from the Batman comic books in its final run. Confirming that the Zero Year story arc will be adapted in season 5, Stephens said that Batman vs The Riddler is on. “There’ll be some of that stuff, especially with Ed Nygma,” he said.
In addition to the appearance of Batman, a wide range of supervillains will be ready to take on the Dark Knight. Victor Zsasz, Mad Hatter, Scarecrow and Hugo Strange are all set to return in the new season.
A few new villains will also be added into the mix, including Magpie and Bane (to be played by Shane West). During the Q&A panel at New York Comic Con, Gotham showrunners stated that fans can expect a few changes to Bane’s origin story when he’s introduced.
Gotham season 5 still doesn’t have an official premiere date yet, but fans can expect the show to return sometime in 2019.