Actor Shane West is set to bring Bane to Gotham when the show's fifth season rolls around later next year. West has been teasing his role for awhile, but, at the show’s New York Comic Con panel, showrunner John Stephens and actor Sean Pertwee revealed a lot of information about the villain's upcoming arrival.
“You do try to want to parcel some of it out over the various years," Stephens said. “We’d always wanted to do it and we’d always wanted to do in a way that hasn’t been told on screen. When Shane [West] comes into play him, there's a level of authenticity," he explained, adding that West's performance will lead audiences to really believe he could become a "'roided out" rage villain. "He's awesome, and Alfred has a nice showdown with him."
"Just between us, we have an altercation and Cat's involved... but I get my back broken," Pertwee revealed.
Bane famously broke Batman's back in 1993's Batman #497. Pertwee here is teasing that Alfred will instead be hurt by the masked villain.
West was cast as Dorrance earlier this summer as an old army associate of Jim Gordon who’ll be coming to Gotham to establish order once more after the Season 4 finale ended with the “No Man’s Land” storyline unfolding. Episode 8 of the shortened 10-episode season will be titled “I Am Bane" and presumably focus on the character.
Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth. It is reportedly scheduled to return on Fox for its fifth and final season on March 15, 2019.