Via an exclusive interview with EW.COM, GOTHAM showrunner Bruno Heller talked quite a bit about the new Batman-themed TV series. Here's a few details and quotes.
* Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are allowing GOTHAM to happen basically because Batman is not in it and it will not overlap or be a part of any past or future Batman film.
* Will GOTHAM's young Bruce Wayne be a cape and cowl-less hero? No says Heller. "It’s not going to be young Bruce Wayne going out and saving the day, because that’s not what kids do. It’s about the strange education of this young man."
* Forget about West, Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney and Bale, West, says Heller, kinda. Here's what he had to say about young David Mazouz who plays Master Wayne in the series: "Without doubt, the best actor ever to play the part of Bruce Wayne...before David was cast, I was ambivalent about how much we would use Bruce Wayne in the series." Really?
* In regards to Bat-Villains in the series, we know that we'll see "Before Batman" versions of Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, and Poison Ivy. Any others? "Possibly Harvey Dent," Heller said, "and then there will be others."
*Other villains eh? Including The Joker? "[The Joker] is the crown jewel of the Batman villains. He will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought." I must say I'm not keen on seeing a pre-Joker Joker.
Honestly, I'm both excited for and concerned about this project. Here's hoping they do right by Batman and Batman fans. A pre-Joker Joker? Do we really need to see the character portrayed before the chemical bath...or makeup, whichever you prefer. For the full interview, click on the link provided above.
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Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”).
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.
Gotham is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).