Gotham is adapting ‘Batman: Zero Year’ for final season


A new report by ComicBook confirms Gotham will be adapting the popular comic book arc, “Batman: Zero Year” for its final season.

The FOX prequel series will be utilizing quite a few different notorious comic storylines for its fifth season but “Batman: Zero Year” opens up a new realm of possibilities. Gotham has steered clear of officially calling its dark knight “Batman” or its clown prince of crime “The Joker”. This new information hints both the show and Warner Brothers might finally make the leap to establishing these characters.

“Batman: Zero Year” is part of DC Comics’ New 52 run, which told the story of Bruce at the beginning of his career as Batman. It also heavily features Ed Nygma as a villain, another aspect which would work for Gotham. For a while, The Riddler has taken a backseat to other bad guys like Penguin, Grundy, Scarecrow, and Jeremiah.

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While Cameron Monaghan has been a delight this past season as Jeremiah/Jerome, it will be nice to see Nygma step into the spotlight again. Especially because Gotham ended its past season setting up an even more menacing version villain.

Executive Producer John Stephens is the one who confirmed the series would be adapting the popular arc when asked if Gotham would tell other stories from the New 52 run.

"“There are, and I’m trying to remember which [stories] they actually are. There’s gonna be a little bit of Zero Year in there, you know as well. [You know] some of that stuff, especially with Nygma. And there’s another one but if I tell you what it is it really does spoil the story.”"

Fans will undoubtedly be happy to see Bruce Wayne to officially transition into becoming Batman. David Mazouz has been excellent these past four years and he’s definitely earned the notorious mantle. Throughout this season it’s been unsatisfying to see him don a poor man’s Batman costume rather than fully embrace his role as a hero.

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According to Stephens’ comments, there’s still one other notorious comic book arc which will make it into the final season. Gotham has always been a prequel series but some of these origins will finally end next year. Could Selina Kyle get her own compelling arc alongside Bruce? It would make the most sense to see another child on the show officially step into their character’s shoes.

Are you excited to hear about Gotham adapting “Batman: Zero Year”? Tell us in the comments below what you want to see in the final season.