Exclusive: Gotham Season 4 supercut showcases a Dark Knight rising

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Mar 12, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT (Updated)

The final chapter in Bruce Wayne's transformation into Batman is set to play out in the fifth and final season of Gotham. We still don't know when that will begin — Fox is holding the show's return until midseason of the 2018-19 TV campaign — but with the arrival of the Season 4 Blu-ray and DVD on August 21 we can look back at how the emotionally conflicted young billionaire (played by David Mazouz) accelerated his rendezvous with DC Comics destiny.

SYFY WIRE has an exclusive first look at this supercut from the Season 4 set featuring highlights of Bruce's metamorphosis into the "Dark Knight of Gotham."

Mazouz was just 13 years old when Gotham debuted in 2014, and initially wasn't the show's central figure. Instead, the seminal murder of Bruce's parents was primarily the catalyst for the long and (morally) winding journey Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) has taken to becoming Gotham City's chief law enforcement officer. But over the course of the 88 episodes that have aired to date, Bruce has outgrown his youthful immaturity and unfocused rage and started to develop into the selfless vigilante familiar to longtime fans of the Caped Crusader. "I can show the people of Gotham that standing up to terror is the only way to take its power away," Bruce fatefully tells Gordon in one pivotal Season 4 scene.

Mazouz was tight-lipped on plot details when we caught up with him at San Diego Comic-Con but promised that in the remaining 10 episodes "we can finally end it with the Batman era." Following the explosive (and bloody) events of May's season finale, the final arc will be inspired by the 1999 "No Man's Land" storyline from the comic books, in which the city was cut off from the rest of the country and chaos reigned. In addition to central villains Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), the finale implied that Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Firefly, and Barbara Gordon's Sirens will be among the antagonists as Batman begins.

In addition to the supercut, Gotham: The Complete 4th Season Blu-ray/DVD set includes all 22 episodes, featurettes and deleted scenes.