Gotham Pays Tribute to the Batman: Arkham Asylum Video Game


WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Gotham Season 4 finale, "No Man's Land."

Fox's Gotham has never adhered to one specific Batman story. Over the course of four seasons, the series has proven time and again that it can mine any aspect of the mythos to create one unified whole. Ever since its pilot, the series has blended ideas, themes and nods to all previous incarnations of The Dark Knight. From Tim Burton's Batman and the 90s animated series to the '66 television show and Christopher Nolan's movies, Gotham has showcased the long and rich history of the character through all mediums.

In fact, this week's Season 4 finale, titled "No Man's Land," not only paid tribute to the comic book story of the same name along with Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, it also managed to feature an unexpected nod to the popular video game, Batman: Arkham Asylum.

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Gotham Jeremiah and Bruce Wayne No Mans Land

The final episode of the series' fourth season was filled with plot twists and big developments that took Bruce Wayne ever closer to becoming the Batman. In fact, one of those scenes came early on in the episode, when Bruce faced an imprisoned Jeremiah Valeska in the GCPD's holding room. While the character doesn't use the name, Jeremiah is as close to the Joker as Gotham will get, and this scene confirmed the idea entirely. When Bruce walks into the room, he finds Jeremiah, strapped against a gurney held in an upright position.

If the scene looks slightly familiar to some, it's because it almost appears to be lifted straight out of Arkham Asylum. As players might recall, at the beginning of the video game, Batman escorts a team of security guards taking Joker, who is strapped to an upright gurney, to Arkham Asylum.

Batman Arkham City Joker intro

The Gotham scene features almost the exact same frame, making it clear that it was inspired by the game. Bruce is in the same spot as Batman, and there is even a guard on watch in the bottom right corner. Considering that the Arkham video game series shares a lot in common with the "No Man's Land" comic book storyline and the events of the Season 4 finale, it appears this scene was no accident. It was clearly meant to be a sign of things to come, and of the dangers that lie ahead.

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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. The series will return next season.

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