Last Thursday marked the finale of a series which many critics considered to be a high point in the history of network television, as the DC Comics-based Batman franchise came to a gracious end after its very popular five-year run.
The series, which focused on the protagonist Detective Jim Gordon and the early days of Gotham pre-Batman, such as a young Bruce Wayne and the beginning origins of his colorful and sometimes horrifying rogues gallery, was highly favored for its engaging story arcs and talented cast such as breakout star Robin Lord Taylor (who played the Penguin) and many others. On top of that, it felt at times like the spiritual successor the Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which focused on the world of Batman grounded more in reality, and less of the comic book sci-fi elements currently seen in the DC Films Universe.
Much like the series Smallville did with Superman (which paved the way for Gotham and other shows such as Arrow, Flash, and even the CBS series Heroes), Gotham ended its final episode finally with an adult Bruce Wayne in full Batman garb, standing stoically atop a roof as the quintessential Bat-signal pierced the dark city sky.
For fans of the series since episode one of the first season, it was always teased by the showrunners that eventually viewers would see the full transformation from Bruce Wayne to Batman before the series wrapped up. Unlike Smallville which was around for over a decade, Gotham never felt like it was dragging, and always placed an emphasis on good storytelling for the sake of doing so instead of just empty fan service.
The final reveal was perfect, as Batman appeared to be in a suit which could have very easily been pulled from the movies. The episode itself, which have very little of Batman in it, kept up the same tempo of mystery and suspense as any other episode of Gotham signifying to viewers that in this world, there is never a slow day or day for nostalgia as other series finales often tend to be. This episode reminded viewers that the end of Gotham is the beginning of the true story of the Dark Knight we’ve all come to know and love. For Bat-fans across the world, they have the new Joker film coming this October and a new Batman film currently in the works from DC.
Still, there will always be a special place in the hears of Batman fans for the little series that could, and did, entertain viewers from start to finish with a brave and bold take on the classic Batman origin story.