Gotham’s Fifth Season Will Adapt Batman: Zero Year Storyline

Season 4 of Fox's Batman prequel series Gotham has come and gone, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake and setting the stage for the fifth and final season of the show to further the "No Man's Land" storyline that was set up in the epic finale last week. However, according to executive producer John Stephens, "No Man's Land" isn't the only element from the comic book source material that will be adapted for the small screen in Season 5.

"There's gonna be a little bit of Zero Year in there, you know as well," Stephens told ComicBook.com. "[You know] some of that stuff, especially with Nygma. And there's another one but if I tell you what it is it really does spoil the story."

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Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, with art by Greg Capullo and Rafael Albuquerque, "Zero Year" was a yearlong story that encompassed DC Comics' Batman titles from June 2013 to July 2014. Much like Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's acclaimed Batman: Year One, "Zero Year" was intended to reimagine the Dark Knight's origin story for The New 52. The storyline positioned Edward Nygma/The Riddler as the primary antagonist after he brought the entirety of Gotham to its knees and assumed control of the city.

Obviously, the Season 4 finale of Gotham left Cory Michael Smith's Riddler in a less-than-favorable position, but given Dr. Hugo Strange's predilection for turning men into monsters, it stands within reason that we could see him follow in the footsteps of his comic book counterpart in Season 5.

Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Cory Michael Smith as The Riddler, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth. The series will return next season on Fox.

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