Last Updated: December 8, 2019

Gotham season 6 may be something fans want after the show finally turned Bruce Wayne into Batman and gave Jim Gordon a mustache, but will there end up being more to the DC-based story? Premiering in fall 2014, Gotham spent part of its run as one of FOX’s highest-rated dramas. While live viewership has fallen off quite a bit in the last few years, Gotham maintains a loyal fanbase, one that was very happy when FOX opted to give the series a proper final season instead of simply canceling it on a cliffhanger as they’ve done with so many past shows.

It was officially announced in May 2018, just shy of FOX airing season 4’s finale, that Gotham would get a fifth and final season designed to wrap up the Batman prequel series. Gotham season 5 ended up consisting of a mere 12 episodes, much less than the 22-episode orders of past seasons. Still, any Gotham fan would agree that getting 12 episodes is much better than ending after season 4, with Selina Kyle shot in the stomach, Ed Nygma and Lee Thompkins bleeding out from knife wounds, and Gotham about to turn into a lawless wasteland.


Now that it’s all over, fans will be hungry for more Bat-action. The problem is that they’re aren’t likely to get it, at least not in the form Gotham fans are used to, unless something very unexpected occurs. Here’s what we know about the highly unlikely possibility of a Gotham season 6.

Gotham Season 5 Was The End

Gotham season 5 allowed fans to see the No Man’s Land story play out, and to finally witness Jim Gordon evolve into the mustachioed lawman found in most DC comics. Bruce Wayne also finally became Batman, the heroic protector Gotham was destined to rely on. With season 5’s finale giving fans a glimpse at Gotham after a large time jump that finishes its origin goals, there’s really nowhere left for the series to go. The finale was clearly designed to bookend Gotham’s story, leaving no real room for a Gotham season 6. While Gotham star Donal Logue said a few months back that the cast might be open to a revival at some point, it’s hard to see how that happens in a way that makes sense. Especially since, due to Warner Bros. studio mandates, Gotham wasn’t allowed to actually use the names Batman or Joker.

Gotham Was Jim Gordon’s Story, Not Batman’s

Once it was made clear that Gotham season 5 would end with a fully-formed Batman, many fans suddenly found themselves wishing for a Gotham season 6 that could focus on Batman’s adventures taking down bad guys. The problem here is that everyone knows that story, and Gotham was never designed to be a Batman-focused series. While Bruce Wayne played a major part in the journey, Gotham has always been Jim Gordon’s show, and was intended to chronicle his journey first and foremost. Batman’s path may well be just beginning, but Gordon’s story is told.

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There Are No Plans To Continue Gotham’s Story

While quite a few shows over the years have ended only to be later revived, there’s little chance Gotham will be one of them. Gotham season 5 was crafted from the ground up to conclude the series, and there’s been absolutely zero mention of a Gotham season 6 happening. There’s also been no indication that any kind of follow-up program or spinoff is in the works. While Gotham creator Bruno Heller is shepherding Pennyworth, an origin story for Batman’s faithful butler, at EPIX, there are no plans to connect the two shows. For Gotham, this is truly the end.

Other Upcoming Batman Media

While Gotham looks to be over for good, there are still other places to get one’s Batman fix. While a young Bruce Wayne made a brief appearance in Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie, the Caped Crusader will next properly return to the big screen in 2021 DCEU film The Batman. Bruce Wayne continues to be a presence on the DC Universe series Titans as well, and an older version will appear in The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event, which also features Arrowverse hero Batwoman. A second season of EPIX’s aforementioned Pennyworth show is also on the way in 2020. Finally, Batman will be a part of DC Universe’s adult animated series centered on Harley Quinn.

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