Gotham was always going to end with Batman, fans just didn’t know how. With the revelation that the DC show would end its series finale with a decade time-hop so that audiences could meet a certain Caped Crusader, speculation could move on to more practical concerns. Concerns like, “What’s that Batman going to look like?”
There’ve been plenty of bad Batsuits over the years — and none have had the long lead time of what will have been five full Gotham seasons. That’s a lot of pressure to get it right. So when Fansided’s comic division went to speak with executive producer John Stephens at NYCC, it was the first thing on their minds.
Were there going to be nipples? Would it be more retro, or modern? Beefy, or sleek? It’s not like we got a picture, but Stephens certainly painted one with his response.
“I think it’s more matte,” Stephens said. “It’s inspired by, if I had to compare to any one costume, I’d say it’s closer to The Dark Knight Rises. It’s a little more metallic Bat battle-y looking rather than something like the Suicide one or the Affleck one.” This feeds into the future of this iteration of Gotham, one that’s currently deemed uninhabitable and wrestling with the No Man's Land arc. A battlesuit sounds necessary.
Oh, “and we went with short ears,” Stephens added. So more Adam West than Arkham Knight. But aside from the costume’s specifics, the very nature of the reveal has caused plenty of stress for the team. Stephens says they’ve found themselves asking, “How much money can we allocate towards spending on this costume because it’s got to look good. Because you don’t want to spend five years, and all of a sudden go ‘great episode but that was a really crappy looking costume’.”
Well, yeah. It’s Batman. You don’t have to be perfect — few heroes have as spotty a track record — but you do have to be Batman. And from what it sounds like, the team has an armored, sleek design ready to do battle in a minimalist way. Now to see if star David Mazouz is going to pull it off when Gotham comes to an end.