It was announced at New York City Comic Con over the weekend that Bane is officially coming to Gotham in the upcoming final season of the hit Fox DC TV series.
It was confirmed today by Gotham‘s showrunner, John Stephens that Shane West (Nikita) will be bringing DC’s iconic villain to the show, last memorably played by Tom Hardy in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Stephens also noted that there will be a backstory that somehow ties Bane and Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) together in an unexpected, new manner, though their relationship will mostly by the same conflicted one we have seen in the comics.
The new season will only last for 10 episodes total, which is far behind the normal 22 episodes. However, that may be a good thing for the series.
Gotham star David Mazouz, who plays Bruce Wayne on the show, was interviewed on the set of the program by the site comicbook.com just recently and he had this to tell them:
“Crazy. Yeah. It does, it does ramp up, because you know we kind of fit the meat of 22 episodes into 10 and so you’ll see the episodes are crazy action-packed,” Mazouz said. “Like you know it’s kind of sad because I always found these to be kind of sweet moments, but we kind of have slimmed down on the scenes, the kind of more quiet scenes between two characters talking about the events of the episode, Sean and I had a lot of those in the kitchen or in the study. Kind of haven’t had a lot of those because every second is just filled with action, plot moving the story along, getting the characters where they need to go and I think it will be exhilarating as a viewer to watch. I can’t put any of the scripts down.”
In other Season 5 news, the final batch of episodes will feature the return of a number of villains from past Gotham seasons, including the Joker (Cameron Monaghan), Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas), Solomon Grundy (Drew Powell), Mad Hatter (Benedict Samuel), Poison Ivy (Peyton List), Victor Zsasz (Anthony Carrigan), Hugo Strange (B.D. Wong) and The Scarecrow (Charlie Tahan).
Scheduled to air on Fox sometime in 2019, the upcoming season will be the show’s fifth and final.