E4 has acquired the rights to Gotham, with Season 4 set to air on UK TV in April.
The prequel series, based on the DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger and produced by Warner Bros. Television, is charts the rise of Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie) from rookie detective to Gotham PD’s top brass, along with the efforts of Sean Pertwee’s Alfred – loyal butler to the Wayne family – to raise young master Bruce (David Mazouz) following the death of his parents.
The show was snapped up by Channel 5 initially, airing Season 1 and 2 on UK TV, albeit at a very long delay. Problems arose, though, and Channel 5 (for undisclosed reasons) were unable to air Season 3 as planned last autumn. As a result, fans had to wait until Netflix UK – which holds the global streaming rights to the show – released the whole season, alongside its eventualy DVD release.
Season 4, though, will not leave fans waiting so long, with E4 sending up the Bat-signal to bring the series to British screens within a matter of weeks.
Season 4 of Gotham witnesses the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known, with GCPD Detectives Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains – Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor); Edward Nygma/The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), Tabitha Galavan (Jessica Lucas), as well as the future Catwoman, Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova). Also in the shadows this season are Butch Gilzean/Solomon Grundy (Drew Powell), Dr. Lee Thompkins (Morena Baccarin), and Sofia Falcone (Crystal Reed).
While Gotham City fights for normalcy, a new hero will rise. After completing his training with Ra’s al Ghul (Alexander Siddig), a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) begins to assume responsibility for the city’s well-being. With the help of his ever-faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) and quiet support of Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk), he will step into this role, all while building up his public persona of carefree socialite to avoid any suspicion among Gotham’s citizens.
Gotham premieres at 9pm on E4 on Tuesday 10th April, with new episodes airing weekly. In the meantime, you can catch up with the first three runs of the show on Netflix.
Here’s are two new clips released by E4: