FOX’s Batman prequel series, Gotham, is nearing the end of its third season, with only five more episodes to go, but word came today that the series will indeed continue on into season 4. At the moment, Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is embroiled in a plot to out the sinister Court of Owls, and it sounds like he’ll be getting in deeper before he gets out, thanks to the synopsis for ‘Light The Wick’. While he’s trying to save Gotham from a massive ‘weapon’, Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) is causing mischief, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) is plotting to take power back again, and Bruce (David Mazouz) is trapped in a strange monastery.
There’s a lot going on right now, and as the characters continue to develop, there’s plenty of room for more. Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) looks to be well on her way to becoming Harley Quinn, for example, but she’s not the only character with room to grow. Thankfully for fans, it looks like there is going to be at least one more season for her to grow in, as the network prepares for another season.
FOX made the announcement today (as reported by Deadline), officially confirming Gotham for a season 4. This news comes as all of the big networks announce their renewals, pick ups and cancelations this month. Also renewed on FOX will be Lucifer and Lethal Weapon, and Last Man on Earth. The network has also picked up a new superhero series, The Gifted, an X-Men series for the small screen. This will give FOX both DC and Marvel characters to play with starting next fall, which is definitely going to be an interesting mix for the network.
The Gotham renewal doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, as despite steadily dropping ratings, the show remains one of FOX’s most popular scripted series. The Batman name is sure to keep bringing in viewers, and the popularity of superhero series in general undoubtedly has something to do with the show being renewed. However, should a fourth series fail to get a ratings turnaround, Gotham season 4 may end up being the final season for the show.
Of course, it’s also highly possible that season 4 will see an uptick, especially now that so many of the characters are more closely resembling their comic book counterparts, unlike the early seasons where comic fans were disappointed by the huge differences between page and screen. We’ll have to wait and see what FOX does with Jim and the Gotham crew next season, but at the very least, this renewal guarantees that the Court of Owls won’t be succeeding in their evil scheme to raze the city to the ground.
Gotham continues May 15 with ‘Light The Wick’ on FOX.