Gotham has received general positive reviews since it premiered in September 2014 with its stunning visuals and pop-inflected aesthetic being highly praised. It has recently been renewed for a fourth season after an explosive Season 3.
This past season of Gotham has been significantly darker than the last two, showing development and growth in not only our future Batman, but also the villains around him. Here’s what to expect from Gotham Season 4.
Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot) is ready to take his place once again as the leader of the underworld.
Gotham executive producer John Stephens dropped a major spoiler for the show’s fourth season on Twitter, posting the script for the premiere episode, which is entitled “Pax Penguina”. This hints that after taking down Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), Penguin will waste no time taking control of the bad guys in Gotham. In the past, Nygma succeeded in taking over Penguin’s place together with Barbara (Erin Richards). It was thought that Penguin was dead, however it was revealed that he was biding his time to exact revenge on his former friend.
Penguin is expected to struggle whilst the whole city is thrown into chaos due to the virus outbreak. The Court of Owls is a force to reckon with, and after Penguin’s last encounter with its members, he is aware he needs to be very careful.
Will Butch Gilzean (Drew Powell) turn out to be Solomon Grundy?
This was certainly implied after it was revealed that his real name is Cyrus Gold during the season 3 finale of Gotham, a name that longtime DC Comics fans will recognize as the true identity of Solomon Grundy. Grundy is essentially, a massive, super-strong zombie with a penchant for beating up on Batman and other DC superheroes rather than for eating brains.
As for how heavily Butch’s new persona will feature in Season 4, or how close it will be to his comic book counterpart, remains to be seen.
The possible appearance of other popular comic book counterparts in Gotham.
Gotham star Benjamin McKenzie revealed a villain he would like to introduce on the series.
“There are some villains I’m a fan of that are in season four,” McKenzie told Comic Book Resources. “I’ve always been keen on the Scarecrow. It would be nice if the Scarecrow showed up.”
Other cast members have a different wish list for the villains, however. For Season 4, the girls want to take center stage, with a possibility of the Gotham City Sirens forming. Actress Carmen Bicondova, who plays Selina Kyle, says that the show will probably delve into it at some point in the future, adding that joining the Sirens would “definitely be cool”.
Will Bruce (David Mazouz) finally become Batman?
The last minutes of Season 3’s finale showed the teenager looking at the Gotham skyline after saving a couple from being slaughtered in front of their child. This image is an homage to the usual look of the Dark Knight as he watches over his beloved city in the movies and previous Batman series.
Bruce’s road to becoming Batman is expected to be heavily influenced by al Ghul, whose brainwashing will have a huge effect on him later on in the series. At the London Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, Mazouz talked about a pivotal moment for his character in Season 3 and hinted Bruce is ready to finally become her superhero alter ego.
“Something major happens in the very last scene of Season 3 for Bruce. He makes a decision, that decision will influence what he does. I don’t know what’s happening in Season 4 yet, I haven’t had a script or talked to the writers about what’s going to happen, but where I see it going is somewhere I’ve wanted to see it going for a very long time. You’ll see what I mean. Bruce is going to be very busy taking on this new role that he assumes at the end of Season 3 and I think it’ll be really cool,” Mazouz said.
We won’t have to wait too long to see Bruce continue down his path of darkness, with Season 4 of Gotham set to air later on this year.