At this year’s New York Comic-Con it was revealed that a significant casting rumor for Fox’s final season of ‘Gotham‘ was correct. After going back and forth as to who Shane West would be playing in the final chapters of the series, showrunner John Stephens has confirmed that West will be playing Bane on the show.
Not only will we be getting an introduction to the villain who will eventually break Batman, even if only temporarily, but the cast and crew teased a few of the upcoming moments we’ll see with the character.
According to the showrunner, “He has a nice showdown with Alfred.” Fans of Alfred will likely love to see more of Sean Pertwee show his fighting skills off and he chimed in saying:
“We have an altercation, and Cat’s involved, and we give very good account of ourselves, but I get my back broken.”
Pertwee was likely just trolling the audience as this is a direct callback to how Bane physically broke Batman’s back in the story arc that put him on the map as a villain. Of course, they might have just dropped a massive spoiler for the series so we’ll have to wait and see.
Stephens went on to share that they’ve wanted to introduce Bane on the series for years now but the reason he wasn’t included earlier was due to the rights-holders not allowing his inclusion. Luckily that all changed:
“Finally, we found that if you beg and you plead enough, and then they find out that your show is not going on anymore, they’ll give it to you. We always wanted to do it, and we wanted to do it in a way that has not been told as much on screen or in the comic books, which was to really tell the story of how he was before he became Bane. And we tied it to Jim’s backstory, in a way that I think is clearly different than canon, but I feel like it is like a tributary that then goes into the canon.”
Unsurprisingly, it sounds as if we’ll be getting a twist on what we know of the character. This has been a common theme with almost every hero and villain which has been introduced on ‘Gotham’ so far. As to having West play the character, the showrunner added that “When Shane comes in to play he him, he plays him with a level of — this is weird to say, but — authenticity. You believe that character, and you believe that guy.”
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Bane as a villain as different iterations of the character have portrayed him in a different light but seeing a new take on his origin could be fun.
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Source: Cinema Blend