Gotham has been living up to its promise in going more in-depth with its characters, while at the same time becoming more “story-arc driven,” and last night’s episode certainly delivered as the series continues to build on the overall mythology that makes up Batman and gotham city
The latest piece to the mythological puzzle was the revealing of Gotham’s history and the “five families” which made up the Court Of Owls, and how the Galavant family is descended from the Dumas line, and that the Order of St. Dumas (a religious sect that splintered from the Knights Templar) is very much involved in the regarding the city of Gotham, as well as a young boy named Bruce Wayne. The chief warrior, as far as the comic books are concerned, always follows with the Order, so the question now becomes, will Azrael also be coming to Gotham?
Comicbook.com spoke with executive producer for Gotham, John Stephens, regarding the Order of St. Dumas as well as their warrior vigilante.
“We will be going deeper into the Order of St. Dumas over the next run of episodes, and it will continue to play an evolving role for the rest of the season,” Stephens told ComicBook.com exclusively. Of course, there was a second half, and when asked about the link between St. Dumas and Azrael, Stephens said, “And yes, we wouldn’t be telling an Order of St. Dumas story without also intending to tell an Azrael story. Just keep watching.”
Now many people think of Azrael instantly as Jean-Paul Valley, the character that took over for Bruce Wayne as Batman when his back was broken. But that’s not the only Azrael in the comics; several have been shown on-panel, with another, Michael Lane, taking up the mantel and being quite big over recent years, even making it into a couple of Batman: Arkham games. We know we’re seeing some form of Azrael on Gotham, but what form will that take?
The most likely thing we’ll see here are a more general warrior class of St. Dumas followers. They’ll be prototypical Azraels, maybe even warriors who are training and competing to be the great champion, rather than a single character. That jives with the comics, where the Order has had larger forces of Azrael-in-training type soldiers (whom the current Azrael then often leads). It also fits in great with what the Order priest tells Theo Galavan at the end of the episode:
“The day of redemption is at hand. Our brothers are crossing the ocean now, warriors unlike this city has ever known,” he says. That’s a great indication that it’ll be a larger force, rather than a single assassin.
The comic book Azraels have also followed different factions of The Order, with the two most famous ones both stemming from splinter groups, each of which broke off from the main group after a major failure by one of the champions. What we could see, then, is the formation or origin story of one of these splinters. Most likely, though, it’ll be a version a little closer to the Michael Lane fanatic and a little further from the utter lunacy of Jean-Paul.
Any way you slice it, though, it’s practically confirmed that this vigilante warrior will be seen on the small screen, and years before Batman ever makes it to the show. Expect someone with a cross on some chainmail armor, and maybe even a flaming sword or two, in the near future. This is the “Rise of the Villains” season, so don’t expect them to be very nice, either. After all, the priest continued, “Gotham will be redeemed in blood, and Bruce Wayne will die.”