Gotham: Fox Renews Batman Prequel Series for Fifth and Final Season

Rosalie Gross
May 15, 2018

Gotham follows the adventures of a young Bruce Wayne (played by David Mazouz) and Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) in crime-riddled Gotham City, before Wayne grows up to become Batman. The Primetime Emmy-winning series created by Bruno Heller premiered in 2014 and has since aired eighty episodes, with an expected twenty-two more which will be the series' final season.

The decision to axe Gotham comes without surprise since the televisions series has been on a continuous decline since the second season.

The new season will be having 13 episodes, bringing the total episodes of "Gotham" to 100 episodes. Instead of paying licensing rights to Warner Bros, FOX looked to keep as much content in-house as possible.

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The renewal is somewhat surprising given the show's ratings, and the fact that Fox has been swinging its axe with reckless abandon.

Gotham joins a roster of scripted dramas at the "new Fox" that includes Lethal Weapon, Empire, Star, The Orville, The Gifted, 911 and The Resident, plus new additions The Passage and Proven Innocent. However, in an interview with, Danny Cannon, who serves as the show's executive producer, hinted that season five would serve as a soft reboot for the series. If Disney does end up owning both networks, we have a harder time imagining some DC Comics properties sticking around there. One good thing to take away from this news, besides the writers getting a chance to wrap up the story, is that there will be a focus on Bruce becoming the Batman.

Signing off, Mazouz thanked network Fox for the opportunity to "finish strong", and the fans for "keeping this show alive".

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