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By samantha • October 16, 2018 • 0 Comments

In a brand new photo shared by Gotham cast member Cory Michael Smith we have gotten our first tease at what Shane’s costume will look like as the infamous Bat Breaker, Bane! Screenrant.com shared an article about the photo; including some news that was shared at New York Comic Con about Shane’s character, for those who may have missed it.

A brand new Gotham cast photo may have revealed Bane’s costume in the upcoming season of the series. Gearing up for their fifth and final season, folks behind the Fox series are pulling all the stops to ensure that the last 10 episodes of the show will be a satisfying way to cap off the prequel offering. Among the show’s biggest fan treats is the imminent arrival of one of Batman’s most memorable antagonist – Bane.

It was confirmed at this year’s New York Comic Con, where the trailer for their forthcoming season was also debuted, that Bane will be played by Shane West in Gotham season 5. And now, fans may actually have their first look at the character’s costume thanks to a brand new social media photo featuring the several cast members of the series.

The cast photo posted by Cory Michael Smith on his official Instagram account was taken after the table read for the ninth episode of the new season of Gotham. While fans of the show are already thrilled to see the actors seemingly in high spirits, West, who is at the back of the shot, is drawing interest for his unusual attire. Unlike his castmates who are dressed casually, it looks like the actor is sporting an armor type top. It’s difficult to see the entirety of his attire, but many are convinced that this is at least a piece of Bane’s upcoming costume in the show. Check out the image below:

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Before it was confirmed that West will be playing Bane in Gotham‘s final season, rumor had it that he might be playing someone related to the character. Considering that the show is naming him Eduardo Dorrance – the real name of Bane’s father, King Snake, the initial confusion is understandable. Based on the narrative, Dorrance is Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) friend from the army who returns to the city after No Man’s Land. But while he seems to be the perfect ally at first, it’s eventually revealed that his motivations aren’t necessarily pure.

No release date has confirmed as of yet for Gotham season 5, but it’s expected to air sometime during the upcoming midseason.

By samantha • October 08, 2018 • 0 Comments

After much speculation and teasing since the initial casting news of Shane as Edurado Durrance in the final season of Gotham, it was finally confirmed at New York Comic Con on Sunday, October 7, that Shane will indeed be playing one of the most infamous Batman villains, Bane!

It’s official, Shane West will be playing Bane in the final season of Gotham. The cast and producers announced the news during the show’s New York Comic Con panel on Sunday morning.

Showrunner John Stephens confirmed the news saying, “When you’re doing the seasons and you have this rogue’s gallery you do want to parcel it out over the years.” While it seems they’ve saved the best for last, Stephens has been asking to use Bane since Season 1, but didn’t get a yes until FOX realized the fifth season would also be the final one. He also mentioned that while Bane and Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) have a similar relationship as they do in the comics, their backstories are tied together in a completely different way. Sean Pertwee jumped in to tease a fight between Bane and Alfred that will apparently end in a broken back for the erstwhile butler. – TVGuide.com

Showrunner John Stephens had nothing but praise for Shane’s portrayal of Eduardo/Bane at the panel, not something which is a surprise to fans of Shane who know he can sink his teeth into any character he is given.  But this certainly makes the wait to see Eduardo Dorrance on screen that much harder!

“You do try to want to parcel some of it out over the various years,” Stephens said. “We’d always wanted to do it and we’d always wanted to do in a way that hasn’t been told on screen. When Shane [West] comes into play him, there’s a level of authenticity,” he explained, adding that West’s performance will lead audiences to really believe he could become a “‘roided out” rage villain. “He’s awesome, and Alfred has a nice showdown with him.”

“Just between us, we have an altercation and Cat’s involved… but I get my back broken,” Pertwee revealed.

Bane famously broke Batman’s back in 1993’s Batman #497. Pertwee here is teasing that Alfred will instead be hurt by the masked villain.

West was cast as Dorrance earlier this summer as an old army associate of Jim Gordon who’ll be coming to Gotham to establish order once more after the Season 4 finale ended with the “No Man’s Land” storyline unfolding. Episode 8 of the shortened 10-episode season will be titled “I Am Bane” and presumably focus on the character. – CBR.com

By samantha • October 08, 2018 • 0 Comments

Exciting news everyone! Shane has been cast in a key role for the final season of FOXs hit show, ‘Gotham‘!  He is going to be changing pace from the ass kicking good guy and this time his character is the one causing trouble.  He is said to be playing a ‘villainous recurring role’ and I for one can’t wait to see!  Check out details from the press releases below:

EXCLUSIVE: Is Gotham calling on one of Batman’s biggest foes for its swan song? Nikita alum Shane West has been tapped for a villainous recurring role on the upcoming fifth and final season of the Batman prequel drama series on Fox.

He will play Eduardo Dorrance, an old Army buddy of Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie). Having lost touch with Jim 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.

There is no further information, but Eduardo Dorrance is believed to be related to a well-known villain in the Batman comic universe, Sir Edmund Dorrance, aka King Snake, who is the father of another big bad: Bane. It is conceivable that Eduardo could be Bane himself. It would make sense for Gotham to go out with a bang, bringing in iconic character(s) from the comic book franchise for its last season.

This marks West’s return to Gotham producer Warner Bros. TV, where he previously starred on Nikita and co-starred on ER. He most recently starred in WGN America‘s drama series Salem. The actor, whose feature credits include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and A Walk to Remember, is repped by Paradigm and Management 360. – Deadline.com