WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for this week's episode of Gotham, "I Am Bane," which aired Thursday on Fox.
The Dark Knight is almost here.
In Gotham's latest episode, the final major threat of the series was revealed: the woman we knew as Secretary Walker is in fact Nyssa Al Ghul, and she has come to take her revenge on Bruce Wayne by destroying his city. The stage is now all but set for the series' ultimate confrontation, which was first teased in the opening flash-forward segment of the Season 5 premiere.
Now, Fox has released the promo for Gotham's penultimate episode, which will see Nyssa and Bane's army declare all-out war. But a desperate union between Jim Gordon, the GCPD, Penguin and the Riddler may not be enough. No, to save everyone, Gotham City will need a caped crusader.
The promo for "They Did What?" shows that the battle for Gotham City will be rife with death and destruction. With so much at stake, this seems like the final push Bruce Wayne will need to embrace his destiny and become the Batman. In the television spot, Bruce prepares to gear up by revealing a full arsenal of gadgets that will help him fight back.
"It's time for to protect Gotham," he says, as we see him, wearing full body armor, standing side-by-side with Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler in what is presumably the fateful battle for Gotham City.
The promo ends with an inspiring sequence that sees Bruce Wayne look up to the dark Gotham sky as a swarm of bats fly overhead, one of them passing right in front of the moon. It's quite possible that this moment will serve as the series' metaphorical version of the iconic "I shall become a bat" moment from the comics.
Gotham will return for its two final episodes in four weeks. The first, "They Did What?," will effectively serve as the conclusion to the Zero Year/No Man's Land storyline, given that the series finale is set to take place a decade in the future, with a fully-formed Batman going up against the likes of the Joker, Penguin and the Riddler.
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.