Why DC Should Continue Gotham As A Comic Book Series
In my view, last night’s series finale of Gotham provided quite the fitting end for the Batman prequel show. Having already wrapped up the “No Man’s Land” arc a week before, the producers were free to leap ten years forward into the future in order to show us the Dark Knight that David Mazouz’s Bruce Wayne grew up to be – in addition to planting the seeds for his epic rivalries with Joker, Penguin and Riddler. Oh yeah, his complicated romance with Selina Kyle was also renewed in a sense, as their relationship is the stuff of legend.
Given all that, I found it rather appropriate how the finale had been titled “The Beginning…,” thus making it feel like a pilot episode for a second series we’ll never get to see. Granted, the show’s five-year run at Fox has concluded, but there’s a way for the adventure to continue – and that’d be to switch over to the medium which inspired it.
If you were also a fan of Smallville, then you should remember how DC allowed for writer Bryan Q. Miller to run with the ball not long after that series wrapped following its tenth season. Titled Smallville Season Eleven, the digital first comic book continued the legacy of Tom Welling’s Clark Kent, free of TV’s budgetary restrictions and any red tape that accompanied them. Long story short, this iteration of Superman embarked on grandiose adventures The CW couldn’t bankroll at the time, and finally met the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.
Likewise, I wholeheartedly support the idea of DC moving ahead with Gotham Season Six – if they so choose to develop it. Really, if you think about it, it’d give us a chance to see more of this take on Batman, in addition to fleshing out his rivalries with the villains mentioned earlier. It wouldn’t hurt to do so because although Jeremiah Valeska had been set up as the Joker, he’d yet to be dubbed as such by the press or GCPD. And for some reason, Selina Kyle was not yet Catwoman, and her transition to that persona should be solidified.
Of course, this would also open the door for guest appearances to be made by other heroes from around the DC Universe, but I’m not sure it’d be necessary to go to the extent of Smallville. Even while it was on the air, the likes of Aquaman, Cyborg and Green Arrow stopped by, so it made sense for others to follow suit in the literary continuation. At the very least, I’d like to see Superman introduced to Gotham, but there’s no need for a full-blown Justice League because this Caped Crusader has yet to even take the first Robin under his wing – and wouldn’t you like to witness that as well?
Tell us, would you read a Gotham comic book if DC were to roll one out? If so, sound off in the usual place below and feel free to list any characters you’d like to see show up whom we haven’t already met.