It's surreal to think that Gotham is coming to an end. Imagined as the Batman version of Smallville, this whacky series has taken us down many wild and outrageous paths since 2014. We've witnessed the introduction of characters we never expected to meet and others we wish we hadn't. While not everything was a home run on the show, it certainly wasn't afraid of taking risks where others might've chosen the safe option. Nonetheless, we will bid farewell to it next year after its fifth season airs. David Mazouz, who portrays Bruce Wayne on the show, told FanSided what he hopes fans will get out of it. "The most obvious thing they're going to come away with is a sense of who Bruce was as a kid, and what made him crazy enough to dress up like a bat and fight costumed criminals in this suit. When you think about that, only an insane person would do that."
At the same time, we hope the young Bruce will receive the Batsuit he deserves and not some crummy, cheap knockoff. Speaking of costumes, Gotham has successfully reimagined many DC characters in the live-action world. For the most part, it has nailed the aesthetic and become one of the most stylish superhero shows on television. That isn't to say that everything is perfect, as there have been more than a few duds. So, let's pull up the files on the Batcomputer and see which characters dressed the part and which are victims of fashion crimes.
Oh my... That's the best description for our thoughts when images of Shane West's Bane first hit the net. Looking like Cobra Commander joined the Backstreet Boys for a reunion tour, this is certainly not the getup we expected for the man who broke Batman's back. The only thing he looks like he's ready to break is some hearts in the chorus.
Sure, it could be a reimagining or a prototype of what's to come in season five, but it doesn't look good right now. Bane's look is actually rather simple; he's big, wears a luchador mask, and has tubes connected to his Venom. Heck, even BaneCat is more appealing than this abomination.
When Butch was introduced on Gotham, no one expected him to become Solomon Grundy. The twist itself was rather ingenious and provided us with a cool origin for the villain who was born on a Monday. Unfortunately, the costume looked like bad cosplay on a drunken Sunday and left a lot to be desired.
In the case of a live-action Grundy, it's best to not lift the look straight out of the comics. While he looks menacing in the pages, a direct interpretation is rather goofy in the real world. Additionally, the makeup on actor Drew Powell was awful and amateurish. He looked like something out of iZombie rather than The Walking Dead.
When you flip through DC pages, the different versions of Tigress have all had colorful costumes. (Note: Don't confuse the character with Cheetah, because they're not the same.) From bright oranges and yellows, the villainess truly stands out whenever you see her.
Bizarrely, Gotham removed all color from Jessica Lucas' Tabitha Galavan, aka Tigress. In fact, if fans didn't know about the link, they'd never guess she's the TV adaptation of the villain. It's apparent that the designers went with a sexy, leather getup for Tabitha, but maybe a little bit of color would've helped spice up this bland costume into something more wow and eye-catching.
In Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "The Court of Owls", the Talons were fierce and ruthless, taking the Dark Knight to the limit of his abilities. That said, their owl masks were kind of goofy and didn't exactly scream danger.
While Gotham did the right thing by not copying the exact look of the Talons from the comic books, its creative decision to give the character a domino mask wasn't anything special or revolutionary. If you were to show a picture of Talon to someone who'd never seen the TV show, they probably would've thought it's the Spirit or some other pulp hero from that era.
In the comics, there have been three versions of Firefly. Each one possessed some nifty and high-tech gear to complement their lust for arson. None of the Fireflies are considered A-list Batman rogues, but they certainly make things a little heated for the Caped Crusader and his partners.
Gotham introduced Bridgit Pike as the new Firefly. While she didn't possess otherworldly attire, it was a simple enough design to convey and differentiate the character from her fellow rogues on the show. Lady Firefly became popular to the extent that she was included in comic book continuity, being introduced in Detective Comics #988 in September 2018.
Look, the Red Hood Gang introduced in the New 52 looked silly with the leader wearing the phallic-shaped helmet and the rest of the group looking like they wore red medicine balls. While the group is closely tied to the origin of the Joker, we've got to call a spade a spade here and not sugarcoat how aesthetically terrible it is.
Gotham took it down a notch to street level and it largely worked. After all, this is a criminal group – do you think they spend their weekends sewing and picking out softer fabrics for their next hit? They're bad guys; they're going to grab the simplest thing they can to get the job done.
Eduardo Flamingo might look like a character out of Wacky Races in the comic books, but make no mistake, he's a lethal and cannibalistic villain who puts the Joker's maniacal ways to shame at times. That said, how do you translate such a flamboyant rogue into a live-action adaptation?
Even if Gotham City has the most useless police force in the world, it can't be that hard to track down a villain who's dressed all in pink. Fortunately, the Gotham costume designers had some sense and scrapped the overabundance of pink; instead, they gave him a stroke of pink in his hair to go with his regular clothes.
You could argue that Catwoman has been hyped up in the past few years. While she's always had an affinity for leather and skintight clothing, her outfits have gotten more and more revealing over time. Of course, something had to change on Gotham considering how young Selina Kyle is on the show.
By removing the revealing nature of the previous outfits and sticking to recognizable apparel, such as the goggles from the Arkham games and trademark whip, the young Catwoman does justice to her older counterpart. It'll be interesting to see if the character's appearance goes through a drastic change for the final season of the series.
When you think of Hugo Strange, it's not really a costume that's important but the overall look and demeanor of the actor portraying him. In the case of Gotham, the casting department chose well in getting BD Wong. He already played a questionable scientist in Jurassic World, so it's almost second nature to him to play this diabolical Batman villain.
The round John Lennon glasses were a nice touch for Wong's Strange and he always looked dapper in his suit, even if he was conjuring up a dastardly scheme. Here's hoping that he pops up again in the next season, because there's always room for more Strange stories.
"Mercy? I'm afraid the conditions have left me cold!" Sadly, this cool-as-ice joke and other chilly puns were missing from Gotham's iteration of Mr. Freeze. Still, you can't deny that the costume for the fabled villain looked better than Arnold Schwarzenegger's walking freezer attire in 1998's Batman & Robin.
The key to its design was the simplicity and the cool – pardon the pun – colors. Rather than go over the top and include too man bells and whistles, the costume remained practical while still easy on the eye. In many ways, the getup is reminiscent of the best iteration of the character from Batman: The Animated Series.
Bringing Jervis Tetch to the small screen could've gone horribly wrong. Inspired by the character of the same name from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter has always been the sort of rogue who works better in animation and comic books than in the live-action arena.
Gotham's weird tone suited the Mad Hatter just fine, though, and Benedict Samuel was absolutely eerie and menacing in the part. The top hat and formal attire took some inspiration from the source material, but it was tweaked a bit to look like something that could've been taken straight out of Bram Stoker's Dracula. In fact, don't you think that Samuel would make an excellent Dracula?
Whether it's Jerome or Jeremiah Valeska, there's no denying that these twin brothers have been the undisputed stars of Gotham. They might not be known as the Joker by name, but their performances have been jaw-dropping and beyond our wildest expectations.
In addition, Jeremiah's transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime has been something else, outshining some of the cinematic counterparts. Choosing the less-is-more approach, the character parades around in the purple suit, pasty skin, and blood-red lips. While we'd like to see him take it a little further and go full Ace of Knaves on us, there's likely some rights issues preventing Gotham's showrunners from pulling the trigger here.
Victor Zsasz has never been a popular villain. In fact, he's annoyed more fans than entertained over the years. That's why Anthony Carrigan's portrayal of the character on Gotham deserves all the praise in the world for being something extraordinary. Rather than play him as a tough, unhinged psycho, he made the rogue interesting by infusing some humor and sarcasm in him, while still containing all the homicidal tendencies.
He still tallies up his victims on his body, but Zsasz looks more like Agent 47 from Hitman on the show. It's a good look for him as well, as it taps into the whole assassin persona.
If executed properly, Professor Pyg is one of the scarier Batman villains. He's completely disconnected from reality and wants to turn people into his own mind-controlled Dollotrons. Heck, you only need to see his arc in Batman: Arkham Knight to see how nuts he truly is.
Gotham didn't tone the character down for TV, either. Portrayed by Michael Cerveris, Pyg could've been straight out of David Fincher's Se7en, as he terrorized Jim Gordon and the GCPD. The designers didn't stray far from his comic book appearance, giving him the trademark pig mask and cleaver. This is one look that can give you nightmares for days.
Third time's the charm, right? In the case of Poison Ivy, Gotham has shown us three versions of the character. First, we met the young Ivy Pepper, as portrayed by Clare Foley, in the first season. Then, she shot up in the third season, as played by Maggie Geha. Then, in the second half of season four, it was Peyton List as the beautiful villain.
To be frank, List is the best of the lot. Her appearance as Ivy was not only fantastic, but she also looked like the villain. Fortunately, the showrunners didn't decide to go over the top with her appearance and gave a little bit of green to her attire.
While Azrael's story might be different from the source material in Gotham, it certainly was quite the twist for Theo Galavan's arc. Moreover, James Frain's portrayal of both Galavan and Azrael was more than we could ask for as fans of the warrior who was once Batman.
The best part was that Azrael's costume was spot-on. Rather than go for the high-tech attire that the character sports in DC Rebirth, the designers took inspiration from knights and the Crusades, giving him a more classic appearance. You can complain about a lot of superhero outfits on TV shows, but you certainly can't say that Azrael's was bad.
It's never made sense why the Riddler wore a domino mask when he wanted everyone to know how smart he was in planning his various crimes. In fact, it's the vanity of the villain that's been his downfall. Hence it was a smart move by DC to remove his mask in DC Rebirth and focus on nailing the outfit and personality.
Gotham followed suit by giving Cory Michael Smith's Edward Nygma the classic green suit and trademark hat. The aesthetic choice allows him to stand out, while not taking away from what's the character's true strength: his intellect. If anything, Smith's Riddler is one of the best live-action versions of the character that we've seen.
Over four seasons, the one constant on Gotham has been Robin Taylor Lord's Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin. While many fans initially complained that Lord wasn't the short, chubby rogue we're used to seeing in the comic books, he's more than convinced us of his abilities over the past four years.
The funny thing is, Lord actually looks and acts like a younger version of the Penguin in the series. His cowardice coupled with the way he perfected the waddle and his affinity for dapper clothing are all hallmarks of Cobblepot. Additionally, no version of the Penguin would be complete without an accompanying umbrella. Here's to you, Ozzie!
It must've been difficult to follow Liam Neeson as Ra's al Ghul. While we did see another live-action version of the character, as portrayed by Matt Nable in the Arrowverse, it's safe to say that no one has looked better than Alexander Siddig as the Demon's Head on the fourth season of Gotham.
Not only does Siddig actually look like his comic book counterpart, but the outfits chosen for his appearances were fantastic. Every time that Ra's graced us with his presence, there was a sense of evil and villainy. While Neeson's portrayal was the gold standard for the character, we think that Siddig has overtaken him now.
For many, the iteration of the Scarecrow in the Arkham games was the character's high point. Not only did the storylines do him justice, but he also looked more menacing than he ever did before. You see, it's easy to see how his look could go off the rails since some previous versions have been pretty laughable and head-shaking.
Gotham did its bit, too, choosing to tweak the typical strawman appearance and turn him into something out of a fear toxin-infused nightmare. Jonathan Crane was freaky-looking when he put on his costume and he certainly left an unforgettable mark on the show. Maybe he'll have one last hurrah in season five?