Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for the Gotham season 4 finale.
Gotham may only have one season left, but it seems like the show's creative team are pulling out all the stops to give fans a Batman origin story that they will not only recognize but also enjoy. Not only has the series begun to adapt the No Man's Land story arc from Batman comic books, but there are also plans to adapt part of Batman: Zero Year for the show, too.
In Gotham's season 4 finale, the ravaged city of Gotham has become a war zone, as in No Man's Land, with different factions of villains struggling for full control. Although an earthquake caused the destruction of Gotham in the comic books in the No Man's Land story arc, the city if the FOX series suffered a massive attack by Jeremiah Valeska. The government took over evacuation efforts, but many stayed in the city, either by choice or because Jeremiah blew up the main bridge that led out of town. Gotham's fifth and final season will continue with that plot, but also incorporate other stories from the comics into the show.
In an interview with ComicBook, Gotham executive producer John Stephens talked about how some of the Zero Year story will make its way into the show next season:
"There are, and I'm trying to remember which [stories] they actually are. There's gonna be a little bit of Zero Year in there, you know as well. [You know] some of that stuff, especially with Nygma. And there's another one but if I tell you what it is it really does spoil the story."
On the television series, the Riddler turned up lifeless at the end of the season 4 finale, but he landed on Hugo Strange's operating table with very specific instructions to bring him back from the dead. Part of the Zero Year comic book story actually focuses on the Riddler, with the villain trying to put a stranglehold on Gotham to make the city his very own personal playground. This all happens at a time when Bruce Wayne is new to being Batman. Considering that Gotham's final season will focus on how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, Zero Year is a very well-suited storyline to bring to fans of the TV show.
With season five being the final one for Gotham, fans can also expect to see more familiar characters from Batman's comics, including Scarface, Orphan, and other villains. Although Gotham often seems like a separate universe from Batman comics, comic book fans do enjoy the nods towards classic comic book stories. Season 5 will continue that tradition, as well as give viewers their first look at a young Bruce Wayne as Batman.
Gotham season 5 does not yet have a premiere date.