Gotham wraps after 5 seasons this Thursday and Fox has released a special trailer for the finale episode, titled “The Beginning”.
The trailer runs over 3 minutes long, which may seem a little excessive for an hour-long finale episode. Given that the show will jump forward a decade, the trailer effectively recaps the series and sets the stage for an epic finale.
What will happen in the finale?
In addition to Batman returning in all his caped glory as announced, the finale promises a confluence of Gotham’s greatest villains.
The episode description reads: “A series of crimes leads Gordon to suspect that Penguin and The Riddler are up to their old tricks. However, when Bullock is framed for a murder, Gordon begins to piece together an even more sinister plot targeting the city, and a new figure emerges from the shadows to be the hero Gotham desperately needs in the all-new ‘The Beginning…’ series finale episode of Gotham.”
What does the Gotham finale trailer reveal?
The finale trailer begins with a glimpse of Batman’s return. After a quick and long-awaited flash of the caped crusader, the trailer takes us back to the very beginning. It recaps major events and updates viewers on all the key players.
A scene between Alfred (Sean Pertwee) and the grown-up version of Selina Kyle (aka. Catwoman, now played by Lili Simmons) reminds us that it’s been 10 years since Gotham has seen Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). Though the trailer never shows Bruce, we do see Batman dropping in on Gotham and riling up the usual suspects. This includes Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), who demonstrates some thrilling acrobatics, and Riddler (Cory Michael Smith).
It appears all have been waiting for a chance at revenge and will not give Gotham up without a fight. This includes Jerome (Cameron Monaghan) who is ready to take his “best friend” on after many years in Arkham. He may even have the help of Ecco (Francesca Root-Dodson).
The Gotham finale trailer also features those seeking revenge against Commissioner Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Storylines come full circle with Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) released after a decade at Blackgate prison. He holds Commissioner Gordon at gunpoint on the same pier as Season 1, only the tables have turned.
Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon will adopt the classic mustached comic book look for the very first time. McKenzie directed and wrote some of the episodes in the series. He revealed that creators went into Season 5 with a now-or-never approach. “If we don’t do them now, we’ll never get to do them, so we better do them,” he said in an interview.
With the long-awaited return of Batman, vengeful villains closing in, and Jim Gordon on a mission to find Bruce Wayne, “The Beginning” promises to pack a punch and make for a proper send-off.
Finale Air Date
“The Beginning” is Gotham’s 100th episode as well as the second half of a two-part finale. It airs on Fox in the US on Thursday, April 25 @ 8/7c in the USA.
Watching Gotham has been a bit of a strange experience for UK viewers. Early seasons aired on Channel 5, the third season appeared on Netflix, and the fourth showed on E4. This inconsistency led a fair number of UK viewers to believe an entire season was missed.
An official UK release date and network have yet to be announced. However, Gotham is likely to air on E4 soon, hopefully during Summer 2019.
Will there be a Batman series?
With a finale episode titled “The Beginning”, it would be fair to assume that it’s the start of something new.
Director Danny Cannon and Producer John Stephens told IndieWire, “Gotham was conceived as a peculiar prequel: a Batman show before Batman shows up. Bruno Heller’s story focused on the formation of Gotham City as a corrupt urban metropolis in need of a hero to clean up the streets, working up to the moment when a young Bruce Wayne dons the cape and cowl.”
According to Deadline, Alfred Pennyworth’s origin story will unfold in 1960s London after Alfred meets young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father). “Boyish in looks with a charismatic personality, the future Wayne butler forms a security company and finds an employer in Thomas Wayne.”
The 10-episode series stars Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game) as Alfred, who has just finished serving as a British SAS soldier. Supporting talent includes Ben Aldridge (Fleabag) as Thomas Wayne and Dorothy Atkinson (Harlots) as Mrs. Pennyworth.
Pennyworth will air on Epix in the US this June. As far as networks go, E4 is a likely candidate having aired Gotham and the Superman prequel Smallville, however with the popularity of Gotham on Netflix it is possible that Netflix may pick up the new series.