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Gotham Season 5: Is Shane West Just Begging Us to Assume He's Bane?

Gotham Season 5: Is Shane West Just Begging Us to Assume He's Bane?

With Gotham approaching its fifth and final season and production charging along, new cast member Shane West (SalemThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) took to Twitter over the weekend to tease fans about his upcoming run on Fox's Batman prequel series. Making his return to the DC Comics side of things, West tweeted a video of himself in character as Eduardo Dorrance, sporting a half-mask and announcing, "Hello Gotham, I'm here."

Why is this so important? It's important not so much for the character he is now – but the possible "big bad" many fans are speculating West character's going to be:

West's Dorrance is an old army buddy of Jim Gordon's (Ben McKenzie) who Gordon lost contact with after the war. Dorrance returns to Gotham years later, leading a team of elite soldiers with the goal of helping Gordon restore order to No Man's Land. But as the scales fall from Gordon's eyes, he realizes Dorrance's true intentions in Gotham are much darker and more evil than he could have believed.

Now's the time to start connecting the comicbook-to-television dots: while Eduardo may be well-known as the Batman villain King Snake (who also happens to be the father of (in)famous bat-breaker Bane), it's quite possible the creative minds behind Gotham could turn Eduardo into Bane. Looking at the episode titles below, there seems to be a strong possibility of that happening.

Gotham Season 5: Is Shane West Just Begging Us to Assume He's Bane?

Fans attending this year's New York Comic Con (NYCC) will have the chance to find out more about West's Dorrance and other aspects of Gotham's final season when Fox hosts Gotham Special Video Presentation and Q&A on Sunday, October 7th, beginning at 11 a.m. The series makes it final appearance at the convention this year, bringing along stars and producers for a special presentation and Q&A.

Here's a look at the upcoming season's promotional poster, an overall look at the season's themes, and the titles of seven of the first eight episodes:

gotham season 5 west bane video

With Gotham on the brink of total anarchy and cut off from the outside world, only Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and a handful of heroes remain behind to retake the city. Inspired by the "No Man's Land" arc from the comics, villains including Penguin, the Riddler, the Sirens and Jeremiah have taken claim on various regions of the city. Will order be restored, or will chaos reign in Gotham?

Gotham s05e01 – 'Year Zero'
Gotham s05e02 – 'Trespassers'
Gotham s05e03 – 'Penguin, Our Hero'
Gotham s05e04 – 'Ruin'
Gotham s05e05 – 'Pena Dura'
Gotham s05e06 – 'The Air is Getting Slippery'
Gotham s05e07 – TBA
Gotham s05e08 – 'I Am Bane'

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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