"Gotham" was created with a Batman-shaped donut hole in the middle – a Fox drama that was built throughout the city where Bruce Wayne is at home, just a few years before he became the Dark Knight. So there was something intriguing but enforced about the April 25 series finale that entered the Batman Begins area while still playing its most famous character.
In retrospect, the penultimate hour in which the young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) leaves Gotham would be a sufficient and more appropriate posting. As it was, the finale was trying to go both ways, with Batman largely remaining an off-screen presence in an episode titled "The Beginning," which jumped awkwardly a decade into the future.
"I will come back when I know I can protect the people I love," vowed Wayne. "If Gotham needs me, I'll come back."
He does, but clung to the Shadow, in a way that softens the impact of his scene with a 1
Then again, the series, which seemed to inspire more and more with characters other than Bruce, starting with the Police Commissioner Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the Rogue Gallery of the Rogue, including the penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), aka Oswald Cobblepot; and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), whose origin slowly unfolded during the course of the show.
Fox's promo division clearly thought Batman was the biggest draw, but the finale was interrupted by nice early-period recalls that did not matter, including the Gordon-Cobblepot encounter on the docks.
The fact that producers were able to extract five seasons from this concept was a remarkable achievement, even if they did not live up to their expectations.
After all, we did not know much about Bruce Wayne's life in those pubescent years – between murdering his parents and putting on a cloak and hood – but frankly, it was never really clear why we did it
" Gotham "eventually fell into a class of television programs highlighting the challenges of trying to push too much material out of a franchise. The Batman waters felt particularly overfished. The upcoming Epix series "Pennyworth" – a prequel to the prequel, essentially about Batman's loyal Butler's early years – premiered in July.
Yet, "Gotham" was successful enough Other examples of real estate adjoining heroes, including "Krypton," inspire the Syfy series by the same formula, using Superman's home planet as its location.
Although "Gotham" admirably juggled with his characters, the show gradually began to run out of the operating theater, without encountering aspects of Batman mythology recorded elsewhere.
For the onlookers who remained faithful, there certainly was some sense of sentimentality in "Gotham's dark niches" in this last step. The final, however, felt more than climbing, and brought the show to a landing that was a bit satisfying, but above all overdue.