Gotham fans are in for a lot of surprises, especially if the series gets picked up for season 5: executive producer Danny Cannon has promised that next season will serve as “almost a reboot” of the DC TV show.
The current season of Gotham has already put everything into place to give the show a fresh perspective. Bruce Wayne is so close to becoming Batman that fans can almost taste it. Selena Kyle is almost Catwoman, complete with her signature whip. So many iconic Batman villains are also in place, forming together to create a “Legion of Horribles” started by Jerome Valeska. The show even finally revealed who would ultimately become The Joker, Batman’s most noted nemesis, in an odd good twin plot twist that many fans didn’t see coming. However, the show’s ratings for season 4 haven’t been so encouraging and Fox has not yet announced whether the show will return for season 5.
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If Gotham does get another season, though, Cannon has big plans for taking the show in a completely new direction. In an interview with Comic Book, he spoke about what the series has in store for season 5 after a “catastrophic event” that happens in the season 4 finale:
“Like I said, the catastrophic event, the cataclysmic event that happens in the last three episodes not only will change Gotham. It not only combines so many characters that you don’t think will cooperate with each other, but it changes the face of Gotham forever, so that season five, it’s almost a reboot and a different show.”
That might seem like a bold statement, given that Gotham has not yet been picked up by Fox for another season, but it should pique interest in what happens in season 4 that would inspire such a drastic change for the series. The good news is that Fox chairman Gary Newman believes Gotham deserves a season 5, in spite of its ratings drop in season 4. As far as the season 4 finale goes, there is a good likelihood that Gotham writers took inspiration from the “No Man’s Land” story in the Batman comics for the episode.
The “No Man’s Land” comic book storyline left Gotham devastated by an earthquake, with the government coming in and taking control of things, even as various villains seized different regions of the city for themselves. Gotham‘s season 4 finale is even titled “No Man’s Land”, so such a cataclysmic event would shake up the TV show forever and create a city unrecognizable from the one previously featured on the series. In that sense, the season 4 finale really would “reboot” the show’s overall plot, setting and story.
Gotham continues this Thursday, April 19 with “To Our Deaths and Beyond” on Fox.
Source: Comic Book
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