Gotham season 4 is on the way with more of its camp, melodramatic portrayal of the eponymous grim city.
My opinion of Gotham has changed over the years; it’s gone from unreserved admiration to a more sometimes on, sometimes off view of the show which is due to the hit or miss success of the series at keeping me interested and entertained. The reasons for this are no one’s fault but the show itself. There’s a lot I like about the show, like its visual style and more than a few members of the cast, but it falls short of achieving its goal. Afterall, the arrival of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix a couple of years ago revealed Gotham for what it is, a melodramatic camp pretender to the throne of grim and gritty, a feat that Daredevil pulled off seemingly without a hitch.
But that is neither here or there, whatever your opinion of the show we are here to give you all the news we have regarding the series upcoming fourth season which begins soon. Gotham Season 4 is moving to Thursday nights, and it will premiere on Thursday, September 21.
As far as what to expect from the series this season it looks like we can expect a mix of more of the same along with the arrival of some new faces (or old faces with new identities). For example, last season saw the continued ascendance of Penguin and the downfall of The Riddler who ended up a frozen trophy of Penguin’s victory over him. It’s probably safe to assume developments on that front will continue.
Also, last season left us with some teasers of what was to come designed to provoke our curiosities about the future of some our favorite regular characters Like Butch Gilzean, who it seems is destined to become Solomon Grundy, after being shot and killed by Barbara Kean before her death. The end of last season also saw a newly formed partnership of Tabitha Galavan and Selina Kyle after Selina’s audition with what will become the future Catwoman’s trademark whip.
Some new faces include Marina Benedict who will play Cherry, the owner of a fight club in The Narrows aka Gotham’s most dangerous neighborhood. Cherry is an edgy and tough woman, and she needs to be as she is operating the seat of power in a lawless and violent part of the city. It sounds like one of Gotham’s new crime bosses is a dike.
Another new arrival is Crystal Reed, who will join the show and play the daughter of Don Falcone, Sofia Falcone. She is an intelligent and capable character who has been running the Falcone family’s southern operations and has returned to Gotham to help deal with the Penguin. There is also the possibility of her character getting romantically involved with Jim Gordon which would result in a super awkward situation for Jim because he killed Mario, Sofia’s brother and Don Falcone’s son last season.
New arrivals in the form of villains this season include Scarecrow in his early development as a character. Other new villains include Michael Cerveris, who joins Gotham Season 4 to play the dementedly disturbing role of DC Comics villain Professor Pyg for a multi-episode arc. The character – created by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert – was introduced in 2007 in Batman #666 (numbered appropriately enough) and is the clandestine criminal mastermind of a killer cabal called Circus of the Strange. Wearing his signature pig mask, Pyg (a.k.a. Lazlo Valentin,) has designs to “perfect” humanity by dispensing a mind-destroying drug in viral form and surgically replace peoples’ faces with creepy doll masks to turn them into genderless automatons known as Dollotrons.
Along with all this, the season promises to see Bruce taking on the role of a masked vigilante in the series for the first time. He will be playing a sort of proto-Bat and spends his evenings in the streets of Gotham protecting folks from the bad guys. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? I have little doubt that I will find myself watching the series regularly again this season, despite its shortcomings.