Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
From a marketing standpoint, Fox’s Gotham already had the deck stacked heavily in its favor. It’s a gritty superhero origin story, at a time when gritty superhero origin stories are doing massive business. And the superhero in question isn’t some indie-comic third-stringer, but one of the most iconic, most beloved superheroes of all time. Those facts alone would be enough to make Gotham one of the most buzzed-about new shows of the 2014-2015 season, even without a seasoned, capable creator (Bruno Heller, of Rome and The Mentalist) and a thoroughly solid cast (Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett-Smith).
But from a creative standpoint, that very same advantage — Gotham‘s familiarity — proves to be a major liability. It’s an antihero crime drama in a pop culture landscape already saturated with antihero crime dramas, and these particular antiheroes are already extremely well known. By the show’s very nature, there’s little question as to where most of its characters will end up, which drastically lowers the dramatic tension. Were Gotham not a Batman prequel, we might be left wondering whether Jim Gordon (McKenzie) could possibly make good on his promise to clean up the city, or whether Bruce Wayne’s traumatic childhood would forge a hero or a villain. As it is, we already know exactly what the answers are.
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Fox has released Gotham: The Legend Reborn, a 19-minute behind the scenes special looking at the pilot episode of the Batman prequel television series Gotham. The new show follows Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, who alongside his partner Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), are trying to take down Gotham’s organized crime. And it wouldn’t be Gotham without some baddies, including Gotham’s young villains which include Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Penguin and the Riddler. Watch the whole Gotham: The Legend Reborn 19-minute behind the scenes special embedded after the jump.
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The upcoming Fox prequel series Gotham is packed full of iconic Batman characters. One, however, is conspicuously absent: The Joker. A few months back, showrunner Bruno Heller said the following. “The Joker is the crown jewel of the Batman villains. He will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought.” We now have an idea of what that process might entail.
According to reports, every episode of the first season of Gotham will have a character in it who may, or may not, become the Joker. The first of these is in the pilot, which features a stand up comedian who witnesses a horrific event. Check him out and read more below. Read More »
Now that Fox has ordered and scheduled the show and revealed it to advertisers, the Gotham materials are coming fast and furious. In the past week we’ve seen a trailer and many new photos, and now we’ve got a behind the scenes featurette on the making of the show. Most of the new footage here is in the form of interviews with series creator Bruno Heller and pilot director Danny Cannon, and cast members such as Ben McKenzie, who plays James Gordon, Donal Logue, who plays Harvey Bullock, and Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays new character Fish Mooney. Read More »
A few days ago we saw the first regular trailer for Fox’s Batman prequel show Gotham, and also an extended version of the same. So between those two versions of the trailer, and the many cast photos that have been released, we have a pretty good idea of what the show looks like. But how about one more for good measure? Today Ben McKenzie, who plays a young James Gordon in the show, tweeted out the first Gotham cast image. See it below. Read More »
This week’s release of the Gotham trailer raised as many questions as it answered. The upcoming Fox TV show set in the world of Batman certainly had that gritty, Gotham City, Dark Knight look. But it also seemed to be set a little further away from the canon than fans expected. The original pitch was a show about Jim Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) investigating the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents, telling a cross section of the city years before Batman shows up. But the trailer showed more than a few prominent villains in their formative years too, as well as tons of other things.
Gotham, which will premiere on Fox this Fall, is being helmed by Bruno Heller, who previously ran Rome and The Mentalist. For his first interview about the show, Heller sat down with Entertainment Weekly to answer a lot of the questions you had after watching the trailer. How much Bruce Wayne will be used? What’s the end game? How do you build suspense if none of the characters can die? Is it serialized? Get answers to all your Gotham burning questions below. Read More »
Briefly: A few weeks ago there was a rumor that Donal Logue (Terriers, Sons of Anarchy) was the pick to play James Gordon in Fox’s Batman prequel TV series Gotham. Logue denied the report, and in the end Ben McKenzie was tapped to play the future commissioner of police. Then the rumor report changed, saying that Logue was actually offered a part other than Gordon: Detective Harvey Bullock.
Now Logue officially has that role, so he’ll show up in Gotham as Bullock, the cop who has been portrayed in a few different ways over decades of Batman stories. He’s been a gruff, brutish, corrupt partner assigned to Gordon when he first arrives in Gotham, and in other incarnations a loyal, if somewhat bumbling officer. Logue would have made a really interesting Gordon, but he’s perhaps one of the most obvious choices to play Bullock, so we’ll take it.
Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) scripted the pilot, and is exec producing with Danny Cannon, who will direct the pilot. Gotham shoots in New York in March. [Variety]
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This week has been full of talk about DC properties heading to TV, with Constantine and Gotham both getting pilot orders following their reported development cycles. We even heard that Gotham would feature not only Jim Gordon in his days before becoming Commissioner of Police in Gotham City, but a young Bruce Wayne and a cadre of early Batman foes.
We still don’t know who’ll play Bruce — that part is going to someone young enough to play 12 on screen — but Latino Review reports that Donal Logue (Terriers, Sons of Anarchy) has been offered the Jim Gordon role. Don’t get too excited yet, however, as Logue is already saying it isn’t true. Read More »