We’ve been seeing a lot of pretty interesting teasers for Gotham Season 4, including Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) getting a costume, the first true appearance of the Scarecrow and an idea of just when we’ll be seeing Butch Gilzean (Drew Powell) appear as Solomon Grundy. And with the way the show has been ratcheting up over the first three seasons, the fourth should be absolutely insane.
But according to executive producer Danny Cannon, that’s not the main focus of the season. He told TVLine that season four is about focusing on character more than anything else namely, how Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and other established characters react to Bruce Wayne’s coming of age:
“Somebody who until now has been seen as a wealthy child is now seen as the emerging threat he is.”
As Bruce moves closer to becoming the hero of the city, a battle for who will mentor him takes place between Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) and Ra’s al Ghul (Alexander Siddig). Cannon refers to Ra’s as:
“An almost amoral figure from such a dark and ancient past coming into Bruce’s life when he is so susceptible to influence gives us lots of drama.”
Meanwhile, Bruce’s on-again off-again romantic foil Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) has made an alliance with Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas) is building to something special that will include Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) and Ivy Pepper (Maggie Geha)… a potential Sirens’ origin story:
“We’ll be watching Selina turn into a woman, but what kind of woman will she be? Vengeful and resentful, or somebody of amazing potential?”
There are so many moving pieces in this series now that you almost need a scorecard to keep track. Nobody seems to go away for long — even the ones who seem to die.
Gotham Season 4 debuts September 21st on Fox.