‘Gotham’ Director Wants to Introduce Mr. Freeze

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Fox’s Gotham is ostensibly the origin story of Jim Gordon and Batman, but it seems to be as much about the villains as it is the heroes. Catwoman, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Poison Ivy are just a few of the classic characters we can expect to meet, along with new inventions like Jada Pinkett Smith‘s Fish Mooney.

Even with that lineup, though, director Danny Cannon is hoping to make room for one more baddie. He’s pushing to introduce Mr. Freeze, the mad scientist who enjoys chilling things and making ice-themed puns. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Gotham featurette

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 »

Donal Logue Goes to ‘Gotham’ After All

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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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When we first heard about the Batman spin-off TV show Gotham, the concept seemed to exclude Batman. The show was described as following the younger days of Jim Gordon, as he learns the ropes in Gotham City and begins to encounter characters and villains that will become significant in later Batman stories. We know that Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) conceived the show and that Danny Cannon will direct, but that’s about all we’ve had.

Rumors, however, have claimed that a young Bruce Wayne will be in the show, and that the pilot might even see Jim Gordon working on the case of Wayne’s murdered parents.

Now Fox’s Kevin Reilly has given up some more info at the TCAs. Specifically, Bruce Wayne will be in the show, starting as a youth, and we’ll see him become Batman. That’s right — this is another origin story.  Read More »

Band of Brothers writer Bruce McKenna and Nikita producer/director Danny Cannon are developing a new Western series for TNT titled Gateway. The 1880s-set action/adventure series will follow the three sons of a murdered sheriff in the titular town of Gateway, Colorado, who band together in order to save their town from a corrupt cattle baron. (Is there any other kind?) TNT’s currently given the show a “cast-contingent pilot order,” so we can probably expect casting rumors to start flying around soon.

Westerns are having something of a moment right now on the small screen. Also coming up is AMC’s post-Civil War series Hell on Wheels, as well as a possible remake of Wild Wild West from CBS; NBC was also working on a Western show, but scrapped the project after the pilot stage. The premise for Gateway sounds like classic Western, and with McKenna and Cannon behind it, I think there’s great potential here for a serious, well-done take on the genre. [Entertainment Weekly]

After the jump, Game of Thrones picks up yet another new cast member, and two Buffy alums dabble once more in the supernatural.

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