Gotham season 5 is going to be bringing back a number of familiar faces when it comes to villains, but there is actually going to be a chance to see at least one new one. Shane West was recently cast in the role of Eduardo Dorrance, who may very well be the show’s version of King Snake. Per ComicBook.com, the TV version of the character is someone who has Army experience with Jim Gordon, and he returns to the city after the events of No Man’s Land.
The larger question that we have with this character is whether or not he will be the father of Bane like he is in the comics, or if the show just modifies things and makes this guy into Bane himself. We do know, after all, that he is one of the biggest Batman villains who has not really been used on the series to date.
In speaking about all of this further in a new interview right now via the aforementioned site, executive producer John Stephens had the following to say:
“I don’t think we were ever really aesthetic about putting in new characters … If we kind of wanted to do one, we would throw it in anyway, a canon character. Certainly the character that Shane [West] is coming into to play is the character that we had been waiting to use, because we know we wanted one more big, canon character who was going to come in and make a splash, and he does, entirely. But there’s other characters, too, you mentioned Man Bat of it all, or you just sit and have random episodes and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to put Magpie in this episode.’ So Magpie comes in and she does a great job. So there’s more of that sort of throughout.”
The way that we read this quote is that the writers are going to continue to find ways to throw a number of different characters into the final season, while not compromising the established crew in the process. Given that there are only a handful of episodes left, we really do hope that the show finds a way to tie together just about every loose end — and that includes setting up Bruce Wayne to be the Batman we really want for him to be.
What do you think that Dorrance’s role is going to be as we move further into Gotham season 5? Feel free to let us know in the comments!