"Gotham's" Azrael Will Be 'Different Than Anything We've Seen in Comics,' Says EP

Azrael is headed to "Gotham," and executive producer John Stephens revealed that the show's version of the character will have a "brand-new twist."

"In many respects, Azrael will have many of the hallmarks and traits that we know from the comics," Stephens told ComicBook.com. "But it will have a brand-new twist upon that character; the way we're going to bring that character into being on our show will be different than anything we've seen in the comics."

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"It will be identifiable as Azrael in all respects, just a version of him we've not seen before, which is the point of doing these! How can we do the character with a fresh twist?" he added.

A clip released in November teased Theo Galavan's ties to the Order of St. Dumas, the organization that trained Azrael in the comics. The Order was once a faction of the Knight Templar, a religious sect dating back to the crusades. Azrael was a member of a splinter group of the modern incarnation of the Order. An extremist vigilante who not only meted justice on the villains of Gotham CIty, Azrael actually took on the mantle of Batman during a period when Bruce Wayne's back was broken.

"The Order of St. Dumas features pretty heavily into [Batman lore," Stephens said in an earlier interview with CBR. "Anyone who is deeply involved in the Batman world knows the Order of St. Dumas is also the order of monks who created Azrael. That is sort of prefiguring where we're going to be going towards the end of the season, setting up certain ideas like proto-versions of what Batman might become. Bruce can start to see characters that are going to inform the costumed hero that he is going to be in the years to come. The Order of St. Dumas will almost provide a negative example which will guide him on a certain path.

Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and David Mazouz, "Gotham" returns Monday, February 29 at 8 pm EST on Fox.

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