Ever since Gotham, the origin story of DC’s Batman saga came to an end last year, fans have been wondering about the possibility of renewal.
Gotham, produced by Warner Bros. Television, is a dark but gripping story that brings the dangerously corrupt city of Gotham to life, navigated through the eyes of Detective Gordon.
- Why Gotham nails Batman’s origin story
- A recap into the most recent season of Gotham
- Can Gotham Season 6 happen soon?
The series focuses on Jim Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) as a young man and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of all time – before he became one.
Gotham depicts Bruce Wayne’s (played by David Mazouz) story as a young orphan, and takes the viewer along as he fulfills his life’s destiny, eventually becoming the city’s caped crusader, all while being guided by his own determination.
The show takes its creative liberty, changing a lot about its characters in ways that fans have never seen before. Gotham, developed by Bruno Heller, gives viewers an origin story of each character before they transform into the legendary names we know today.
As fans await news for a possible renewal, let’s revisit Gotham as we know it, and see if a sixth season could really be on its way.
Why Gotham nails Batman’s origin story
The series is starkly different from the comics and doesn’t have much to do with the films. This retelling of the early days, however, is awe-inspiring and fills in gaps created by those that came before it.
An example is Alfred Pennyworth’s character played by Sean Pertwee — a tough-as-nails, former ex-special forces member from London, who helps train young Bruce, guiding and supporting him through his teenage years. Without this storyline, it’s seriously hard to envision how Bruce Wayne grew up to be Batman; someone who can do more than just fight the bad guys.
The third season heavily focused on introducing the Court Of Owls, an organised crime group that was instrumental in the death of Bruce’s parents. The secret society is the antagonist of season 3 and was founded by the city’s most influential families, so they could rule the city from the shadows. It was interesting to watch their antics unfold up-close!
Another highlight of the series was Gotham’s take on the friendship of Bruce, Selina aka Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), and Ivy (Peyton List). The appearance of nihilistic cult leader Jerome and his calculative evil twin brother Jeremiah Valeska (Proto-Jokers played by Cameron Monaghan) was well-received by fans and crafted a cultural lineage for the character that grows up to be the Joker.
There’s also Harley Quinn (Ecco, played by Francesca Root-Dodson) who added to the story!
A recap into the most recent season of Gotham
Inspired by the ‘No Man’s Land’ story-arc from the comics, the fifth season sees the villains; Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), and brothers Jerome and Jeremiah place their claim on various regions of the city.
Jim Gordon and his allies work together to restore order in Gotham City while it is on the brink of total anarchy. After their defeat, Gordon is appointed commissioner of the GCPD and finally becomes the mustached lawman he was meant to be! Bruce leaves Gotham City, promising to return in the future.
The finale fast-forward to 10 years: a series of crimes begin to take shape and chaos begins to reign in Gotham once again until its defeat by the hero of the night. The finale seems a bit rushed, but the last few minutes shine, as Bruce finally becomes Gotham’s dark knight, in a rather poetic end to his origin story.
The season is a solid reinterpretation of Batman’s origin and is unlike any we’ve seen before. It was truly never meant to show the caped crusader in all his glory!
Can season 6 happen soon?
In the last completed season of the series, the writers left no loose-ends for a sixth season. Detective Jim Gordon became the lawman we’ve known him to be, and Bruce Wayne finally donned the cape.
But if the show were to make a comeback, it could explore Batman’s story as a crime-fighter and Harvey Dent become Two-Face. While Jim Gordon’s story has been narrated, Batman’s is only beginning!
Although Actor Donal Logue (who plays Harvey Bullock; Gordon’s partner in the GCPD) hinted at a revival in the future, it might not really be possible, because the finale was designed to complete Batman’s origin story.
Another reason that has put an end to Gotham season 6 speculations is that the Warner Bros. doesn’t own any rights to use the original names — Batman or Joker. There also haven’t been any sign from the show-runners that a renewal is in progress.
While we wait for news on a sixth season, why don’t you share your thoughts on the Gotham finale with us? Was it a timely end to the series or an imperfect one? Let us know in the comments