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  • Approval of God: Of a sort:
  • The Cast Showoff: Andrew Sellon is an actual ventriloquist so his scenes with the Mr. Scarface dummy had him operating and voicing it on set.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Reginald Payne is voiced by the mecha designer and illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin, who also voiced Hirosuke Amasaki in Super Robot Wars T.
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  • Channel Hop: In the UK, the show originally aired on Channel 5, but was then dropped and only available on Netflix (And the new season would not be available until months after it finished). Then it was picked up by E4.
  • The Danza: Tom the Knife is played by Tommy Flanagan.
  • Dawson Casting: From Season 3 on, 14-year-old Ivy Pepper is played by 28-year-old Maggie Geha. Slightly justified, as her body was aged to that of a 19-year-old.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • Ben McKenzie who plays Gordon directed the season 3 episode "These Delicate and Dark Obsessions", the season 4 episode "One of My Three Soups", and the season 5 episode "13 Stitches".
    • Erin Richards who plays Barbara Kean directed season 5's "The Trial of Jim Gordon".
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Robin Lord Taylor is a natural blond and dyes his hair black to play Penguin. When filming of the final season wrapped, he completely shaved his head to regain his natural hair color faster.
  • Fake American:
    • Barbara Kean is played by Welsh actress Erin Richards.
    • English actor James Frain plays Theo Galavan.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Kittengirl" for Selina Kyle.
    • "Batman Without Batman" for the series as a whole.
    • "Deuce Wayne" for Bruce's clone from Indian Hill.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: As with Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, Webb Institute's Stevenson Taylor Hall is used for Wayne Manor.
  • Name's the Same:
  • Narrowed It Down To The Guy I Recognise: You half expect Jeffrey Combs as Dulmacher's assistant to pull an Actually, I Am Him considering they're dealing in live organ transplants, and this is Dr. Herbert West we're talking about... turns out the real doctor is Laufey!
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In Season 3, Clare Foley (Ivy Pepper) is replaced by the much older Maggie Geha. In this case, the recasting (along with the sudden boost in age) is explained In-Universe: after encountering a monster from Indian Hill, Ivy is reborn into a much older form. She's recasted again in Season 4, where she's played by Peyton List (this is explained to be the next evolution of Ivy after she swallows the mutagenic potions in "The Fear Reaper").
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    • Likewise with Michelle Veintimilla as Bridget Pike, with Camila Perez playing the role come the last third of Season 3 (due to the character getting burned alive and having scars because of it, the casting change isn't noticeable). However, Veintimilla would eventually return to the role in "Mandatory Brunch Meeting" and onward.
    • Halfway through Season 4, David W. Thompson replaced Charlie Tahan as Johnathan Crane/the Scarecrow.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Penguin's actor Robin Lord Taylor stated that he has watched the Adam West Batman ever since he was a child and feels honored to have carried on the role of Penguin after Burgess Meredith and Danny Devito. Also, David Mazouz on playing Bruce Wayne: "But what boy growing up didn’t want to be Batman? It’s coming true for me. I’m as close to Batman as I can get, at my age. It’s really cool."
  • Recycled Script:
    • So, a secret society who sees Gotham as an irredeemable Wretched Hive that needs to be destroyed for the good of the many plans to do so by spreading mind-altering toxin that was the trademark of a prior villain who was based on a figure from classic childrens' literature. Where have we seen that before?
      • The head of the Court of Owls drop the name "The Demon's Head," it isn't like the League's scheme, it is the League's scheme!
    • Season 5 eventually ends up more or less adapting The Dark Knight Rises, featuring a Bane who needs a breathing mask to live acting as The Dragon to Ra's al Ghul's secret daughter who is out to destroy Gotham and get revenge on Bruce for killing her father. Both involve adaptations of the Batman: No Man's Land story arc.
  • Remake Cameo: A bit of an unintentional occurs in two episodes which features an office manager working for Francis Dulmacher played by Jeffrey Combs, who voice acted in several DC projects in the past including The Scarecrow in Season 4 in Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Role Reprisal: Paul Reubens plays the Penguin's father in Season 2, a role that he had previously played in Tim Burton's Batman Returns.
  • Romance on the Set: The onscreen chemistry between Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie apparently spilled over into real life. Baccarin's husband filed for divorce after discovering McKenzie in his home, freshly showered and playing with their son. Baccarin became pregnant by McKenzie and announced her plans to marry him, giving birth to their daughter on March 2, 2016. In a probable case of Real Life Writes the Plot, Baccarin's character also then became pregnant by McKenzie's character.
  • Screwed by the Network: Fox put the show on a month-long hiatus, opting to show the last four episodes of Season 1 during April. Unfortunately this meant the season's final stretch got subpar ratings. The last episode in March was watched by 6 million people. Beginning in April, only 4 million people were watching.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the season 4 finale, the skyline shot behind Bruce, Ra's al Ghul, and Jeremiah shows regular nighttime traffic, not the bumper-to-bumper evacuation traffic described in the script.
  • Throw It In!: Cameron Monaghan did not tell Morena Baccarin that he was going to hold the gun at his crotch when Jerome asks if he and Lee ever had sex. Her reaction is totally genuine.
  • Word of God: On the subject of the show's Anachronism Stew:
    Bruno Heller: "It's a mash-up, to use the modern phrase... a kind of timeless world. It's yesterday, it's today and it's tomorrow all at the same time, because that's the world that dreams live in."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jesse Plemons was considered for the part of Oswald Cobblepot before the casting of Robin Lord Taylor.
    • Michael Cerveris auditioned for the role of Alfred Pennyworth before Sean Pertwee was cast. Cerveris would eventually appear in the fourth season as Professor Pyg.
    • Back in the early 2000s, a planned series called Bruce Wayne was being considered with a very similar premise to Gotham. Shawn Ashmore was the first choice to play the 18-year-old Bruce Wayne. It was soon shelved and replaced with Superman characters instead, becoming the show Smallville.
      • Similarly, there was going to be a series called The Graysons, which would have been about a pre-Robin Dick Grayson's life in the circus. Not much else is known, but some theorize it would have incorporated similar concepts.
    • The ending of season four was supposed to tease Lady Shiva, but the scene didn't make it to the final cut.
    • There were plans to go deeper into Edward Nygma's backstory. Reportedly, the reason this never came to be is that production had attempted to get Jim Carrey to play Nygma's father as a Mythology Gag to him playing the same character in Batman Forever but Carrey thought the show was terrible so the plans were scrapped.
    • If the show had gotten to its seventh season, David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova would have been 20 and 21 respectively and been given the chance to don their respective characters costumed personas.
    • Jeremiah's final Joker look was originally going to be even closer to the traditional Joker design, with a pointed nose and shorter, cleaner hair (as opposed to the final design's long stringy patches).
  • Written by Cast Member: Ben McKenzie wrote the Season 4 episode "The Demon's Head" and season 5's "The Trial of James Gordon".

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