Gotham's Bruce Wayne is going to be a very different Batman

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Oct 19, 2017

(Hey. 'Sup? This is a recap. It contains spoilers for the Gotham episode "A Dark Knight: The Blade's Path." Don't read it unless you have already watched said episode. If you complain about spoilers at this point, we're all just going to laugh at you.)

It's another big episode of Gotham with a lot of plot threads. While, yes, tonight marked the first appearance of Solomon Grundy on Gotham, and that is a big deal, it was not the biggest moment of the episode. And, once again, Sofia Falcone's manipulations against Oswald Cobblepot were emotionally powerful and surprisingly deep, but that wasn't momento numero uno, either. Oh, and Lee is back. Ho. Hum.

Yes, all that (minus Lee) is well and good, but we need to talk about the biggest part of this episode, a moment that should resonate forever after.

BRUCE WAYNE JUST MURDERED RA'S AL GHUL

Hey, does everyone remember when Batman didn't kill? We all remember back when that was rule one, right? I'm not crazy about this? Don't kill? That was kind of his thing for a really long time, and sort of was the justification for all his vigilantism? Yes? I'm not inventing memories? They even established that last season ON GOTHAM.

I don't know why I'm surprised that Ra's al Ghul just got the old stabberoni from Bruce Wayne. After all, it's not like this show has ever shied away from having James Gordon kill for fun.

But, all right, let's back up. So, Bruce's plot is thus: While mourning the loss of his BFF (who he only knew for an episode, BTW), Bruce finds out Ra's applied for diplomatic immunity, and might be legally escaping from prison. Hence, Bruce sneaks off in his not-Batman suit with sacrificial dagger in hand to seek revenge. At first he can't go through with it, but then Ra's is like, "Oh, I'll murder your future wife and kids someday maybe," and then Bruce can totally go through with it, stabberoni, and Ra's turns into a mummy.

As plots go, it's weird, but not much weirder than a typical Gotham episode. But, yeah, it's shocking that Bruce Wayne actually murdered someone. And, yes, I think we all know that Ra's isn't going to stay dead. He gave Barbara some glowy hand powers and I'm sure that'll resurrect him somehow, BUT BRUCE AIN'T KNOW THAT!

Bruce knows one thing: He killed Ra's Al Ghul. Yes, both Alfred and James "Murdering is cool sometimes" Gordon give Bruce a pep talk to convince him this is a teachable moment. But despite the fact that Bruce decides to give up the cape and cowl for a while, it's hard not to feel as though a Bruce Wayne who was willing to kill in his youth will grow into a Batman who is really going to struggle with ... not murder.

I accept that Gotham likes to play merry havoc with Batman continuity, but this was a bit much for me. I'm open to being persuaded otherwise by ya'll in the peanut gallery, but it's gonna be a tough sell, FYI.

HUMOROUS OBSERVATIONS TO ELICIT SOFT CHUCKLES FROM THE READER

  • Grundy says "Man talk too much" when he whacks Ed on the head, but #AllMenTalkTooMuch amirite, ladies?
  • What year is Gotham set in that Grundy happened upon some dock workers listening to what appears to be an old-timey gramophone?
  • I know Grundy getting his name from an old nursery rhyme is established continuity, but wouldn't it have been great if he heard a different song and wound up thinking his name was Mickey and kept repeating "Mickey so fine, he blow my mind." Man, Toni Basil just doesn't get enough love in the DC Universe.
  • I had to look it up, but, yes, "undercrackers" is, in fact, British slang for underwear. I still think Alfred's weird for saying it, though.
  • I know it's kinda cool how Sofia manipulated Penguin by presenting him with a perfect version of his mother's goulash, but all I could think is, "Oh, snap, she Ratatouille'd him!" I mean ... I can't be the only one who thought this, can I?
  • Why is Lee back in Gotham? Why is she working at an underground fight club? What gives with the bangs? All these questions and more answered in this gritty Lee-boot nobody asked for.
  • Ed is still dumb and that's good. He and Grundy can keep being dumb together just as long as they want so far as I'm concerned. Let that fool flag fly, boys!