When Season 4 of Gotham reached its conclusion, Jeremiah Valeska and Ra’s Al Ghul joined forces to attack Gotham City. Its bridges collapsed, and the metropolis was left cut off from the rest of the world, its citizens now left to fend for themselves in a land without law or order. The neighborhoods were carved up and divided under the control of various gangs and villains, and Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon and a few other allies are all that is left to help save the city and pull it back from this devastating darkness.
Given this shocking conclusion, it was obvious that Gotham’s upcoming fifth and final season would be inspired by two classic Batman comic book storylines: No Man’s Land and Zero Year. However, it now appears like a third comic might serve as basis for Season 5: Frank Millers’s quintessential graphic novel, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
With filming of Season 5 currently underway, some pictures from the set of the series have found their way online, revealing a new villainous addition to the streets of Gotham City: the Mutant Gang and its terrifying boss, the Mutant Leader. The pictures show a large, shirtless man wearing a Mohawk and sporting a red visor, as well as a couple of his followers, who are also wearing red visors.
Fans who are familiar with Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns know that there is simply no mistaking these characters: the Mutant Gang is officially coming to Gotham. The villainous gang was introduced in Miller’s seminal Batman story, where they played an important role as the antagonists during the first half of the story.
Given that Season 5 of Gotham will plunge viewers into a lawless land ruled by gangs and criminals, the addition of the Mutant Leader and his murderous followers makes a lot of sense. Clearly, Bruce Wayne will have his work cut out for him when he takes to the
streets rooftops to save his city.
The Mutant Gang joins a season that is already set to feature many classic members from Batman's rogues gallery like Bane, the Court of Owls, Penguin, the Riddler, Man-Bat and the Joker.
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 is expected to return for its fifth and final season in January 2019.