Since its inception, Fox’s Gotham has delivered when it comes to little winks, nods, hints, and Easter Eggs about the Batman universe. Some are good, some are not so good, and others were about as subtle as a trainwreck. After all, why did Oswald Cobblepot hate being called “Penguin” way back in the pilot? Why did Edward Nygma mostly ask question or speak in riddles when he worked at the GCPD? Why did Selina like to be called “Cat?” Heck, we even met Dick Grayson’s parents. Okay, admittedly, these aren’t the best or even fair examples since I’m mostly cherry-picking from the first few episodes of the first season.
And since the season has progressed, the series has gotten better at setting up the future of this world, helped by the fact that rather than hinting at it, many of Batman’s future rogues gallery have already become villains by the time we reach the Season 4 finale. This applies to Bruce as well, since as far back as the Balloonman episode, he’s received inspiration about vigilantes who take the law into their own hands- vigilantes who are admired by some of Gotham City’s citizens, even though this means operating outside of the law.
With the final season of Gotham coming soon and promising to show Bruce Wayne’s transformation into Batman, one would think that the series is set to showcase more Easter Eggs. And series lead and James Gordon actor Ben McKenzie confirmed this during an interview with ComicBook.com at New York Comic Con, where he said that there will most definitely be Easter Eggs for fans of the series and the Batman mythology:
“I’m not sure how much I can say about them but they definitely will be there. I will put it this way, a lot of the questions we get asked at comic cons like ‘when you gonna do this, when you gonna do this.’ Well, right now! Right damn now we’re gonna do them because we don’t have anymore time.”
Ben McKenzie also stated that the integration of these Easter Eggs will feel organic rather than shoehorned in or throwing a Bat-Easter Egg at the wall to see what sticks:
“I don’t think we’re just throwing things at the wall we’ve created- I think John Stevens and the writers have created a pretty great- not just template in No Man’s Land for sort of all hell to literally and figuratively break loose but also a plan throughout those 10 episodes to sprinkle in all those things the fans want to see in a way that pays off. A way that doesn’t just seem like lip service that actually feels like it’s part of the 98 episodes we would’ve done in the course of five years.”
It remains to be seen just what those Easter Eggs will be. We know that Bane is coming to Gotham, there will be an Ace Chemicals episode, so perhaps this could be what pushes Jeremiah over the edge- literally and figuratively- to turn him into the Joker, and maybe even Jim will start growing a mustache. Time will tell. Let us know what kind of Easter Eggs you hope to see in the final season of Gotham.
Gotham airs on Fox and stars Ben McKenzie, Morena Baccarin, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Donal Logue, Chris Chalk, Erin Richards, Jessica Lucas, Nathan Darrow, Michelle Veintimilla, and Cameron Monaghan.
The fifth and final season will air on Fox next year.