Bane is finally making his way to Gotham in the Batman prequel's fifth and final season, and the first look at actor Shane West in costume has been revealed online.
The set photo of West in costume began surfacing over the weekend, and it depicts the actor in a high-tech mask and vest, with red circles underneath his eyes. It certainly looks different than all of the other iterations of Bane we've seen in live-action formats in the past, but it also may not be the "final" form of the villain on the show. There's a chance this could be a step toward the final costume.
Gotham writer and producer Tze Chun shared the image online on Monday morning, and you can take a look below!
The first hints at Bane's costume came last week, as West was seen suited up behind his co-stars at a table read. A couple of days later, the actor posted a photo of his character's glove online. This new image is the first time we've seen the complete costume.
Fans speculated that West would be playing Bane when he was cast as Eduardo Dorrance, a former Army friend of Jim Gordon's. At New York Comic Con, showrunner John Stephens confirmed that West's character would indeed become Bane over the course of this season, giving him a slightly different origin than fans are accustomed to.
"Finally, we found that if you beg and you plead enough, and then they find out that your show is not going on anymore, they'll give it to you," Stephens said during the Gotham panel. "We always wanted to do it and we wanted to do it in a way that has not been told as much on screen or in the comic books, which was to really tell the story of how he was before he became Bane. And we tied it to Jim's back story, in a way that I think is clearly different than canon, but I feel like it is like a tributary that then goes into the canon."
Bane's storyline will also feature a broken back, but it won't be Batman's. During an altercation, West's take on the iconic villain will snap the spine of Sean Pertwee's Alfred, Bruce Wayne's best friend and caretaker.
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Gotham will return for its fifth and final season on FOX in 2019.