“After the bridges blew, the government declared Gotham off limits. The city was given over to criminals and murderers.”

And that’s where Gotham stands for its fifth and final season as Fox prepares to bring its story about the origin of Batman to a close. The promo shows Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) growing closer to embracing his destiny as a superhero as the city descends further into chaos.

“What choice do I have?” he says in the trailer.

The fifth season, titled Gotham: Legend of the Dark Knight, is inspired by the “No Man’s Land” arc from the comics, says Fox. It finds Gotham on the brink of total anarchy and cut off from the outside world, with villians that include Penguin, the Riddler, the Sirens and Jeremiah having taken claim on various regions of the city.

Only Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and a handful of other heroes remain behind to retake the city.

“Will order be restored, or will chaos reign in Gotham?” Fox asks.

The series premieres January 3.

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