What do The Flash, Daredevil, and Arrow all have in common? They’re all current television shows based on comic book characters that stars the main hero. Unlike these shows, Gotham is one of the only shows that doesn’t follow the same formula. Yet it still works. Even with only one season under it’s belt, people are begging to know when are we going to see the big bat. Unfortunately, the Dark Knight may not be making an appearance anytime soon.
On a panel at the recent Wizard World Chicago, many things Batman were discussed. One of those topics was if audiences would be seeing Batman during the shows run. The closest thing people got to a confirmation came from Commissioner Gordon. Played by Ben McKenzie, he had this to say during the panel,
The last frame of the last shot of the last scene of the last episode of Gotham, whatever season that may be, is Bruce putting on that cape.
Seeing Batman as described above would be a rather touching scene, but very cliché. It’s definitely reminiscent of the final scene during the Smallville series finale. The motto of that show was always “no flight, no tights.” It has worked well so far and is what made people coming back for more. That’s why the show lasted as long as it did. Batman or not, the show still has the potential to be a success. Remember, it’s called Gotham for a reason.
Now, if you don’t know already, Gotham is a show that is mostly centered around Commissioner Gordon. The show picks up right after the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents and depicts the environment that he had to grow up in. It does a decent job of exploring the influences that eventually mold Bruce into the hero he becomes. Along the way, viewers will get to see the very beginnings of some of the best villains in comic book history. In fact, the theme of the second season is “Rise of the Villains.”
Gotham is fine the way it is right now. It’s what keeps the show unique and helps separate it from the rest of the field. Otherwise, there is a good chance the show would fail. However, that’s a topic for a different discussion.
Season two of Gotham premieres September 21.