Gotham has officially become No Man's Land. When Season 5 picks up, the beleaguered city will be cut off from the world -- just as it was in the iconic comic series Batman: No Man's Land. Despite sharing a name and a concept, though, Gotham's version of the storyline will look a bit different. During a set visit attended by CBR, executive producer John Stephens revealed just why that is and where the show will deviate from the source material.
"We can't be religious about it, because of the fact there are such obvious differences, you know? We definitely follow it in terms of the inspiration -- like the city is completely divided up into little fiefdoms, the way it is in the book," Stephens explained. "Jim [Gordon] and the GCPD and the blue boys have their area they're trying to expand little by little. Penguin still, as in the books, is the most powerful person in No Man's Land. We're fighting for beans and water and bullets the whole entire time. I would say some of the characters who come up in the course of No Man's Land are also significant in the run."
Asked how long the "No Man's Land" storyline has been in the works, he said, "You know, I've been thinking in the back of my mind throughout three years it would be a good thing to do, and it's such a cataclysmic event in the history of the city. I knew we'd have to save it, really, until the end. So once we knew that we were only going to do one more season, it was like, 'Well, now it's time!'"
"You know, you come up to the end of Season 4, I was like, 'Are we coming back for another season? I think so? Well, let's just blow everything up at the end of the season, because no one is going to want to leave us in that place!' So that was part of it too," he added.
As to whether or not Gotham's Jim Gordon will suffer the same tragedies as his comic book counterpart, Stephens teased, "Not in the specifics, but certainly in terms of we put him through the wringer emotionally. Absolutely. But not in terms of the specifics, no."
Stephens also revealed the storyline he's always wanted to do, which made it into the final season. "Bats. Yeah, we have bats this season," he revealed. "Bruce has his first real big encounter with a bunch of bats -- a storm of bats. So yeah, we've been waiting for that. It was great. And, you know, we finally got to insert the end of the series, which is a big deal."
Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, 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 fifth and final season is scheduled to premiere on January 3.