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'Gotham' renewed for a fifth and final season, but will we see the Joker?

Daveena Kataria Wednesday 16 May 2018

Despite rumours that the show was to be cancelled, 'Gotham' appears to have defied the odds in being renewed for a fifth and final season. Fox has announced the next season of the series will consist of 13 episodes, enough to bid farewell to the Batman universe.

Speaking to Deadline, the 'Gotham' producers have revealed the final season will see Bruce Wayne's transformation into Batman, a fitting end for the show revolving around the origins of the DC universe villains. "The fifth and final season will wrap up this unique origin story of the great DC Comics Super-villains and vigilantes, which revealed an entirely new chapter that has never been told" they let on.

 'Gotham'

Despite bringing in a considerable audience when it first launched back in 2014, 'Gotham''s viewership has been dwindling over its past 4 seasons. Online however, 'Gotham' had a new lease of life, with a viewership around 5.9 million strong, pretty impressive when compared to the meagre 1.4 million TV viewers.

Jeremiah isn't the Joker

Executive producer for the series, John Stephens recently sat down with IGN for an interview in which he revealed that Jeremiah isn't the Joker. Stephens continued that we've not yet seen the Joker in the series and that they've no plans to unveil him, given that they'd like the character to stick to the film universe. "Jeremiah is not the Joker. The other characters are who they are. Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, etcetera. But no, he isn't the Joker", he stated matter-of-factly.

The reason behind Jeremiah's likeness to the Joker is that the production team applied some of the same characteristics to the former character, knowing they couldn't use the Joker himself. It's hoped they'll be able to draw on some of Jeremiah's actions and storylines in the future of the DC universe.

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