AHS Freak Show

Love villains, weirdos, and freaks of all kinds? You’ll be happy to know there’s a lot more of both FX’s American Horror Story and Fox’s Gotham coming down the road. The former has been renewed for a fifth season, while the latter has been picked up for a full first season. Hit the jump for more details.

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Harvey Dent Gotham

Gotham doesn’t yet have a Batman, but it has a whole collection of characters that could eventually make big problems for Bruce Wayne if the show lasts long enough for him to don a cape and cowl. Another thing Gotham has been lacking is an idealistic hotshot young assistant DA — maybe a guy who could eventually flip sides from good to evil. That second issue is now taken care of, as Nicholas D’Agosto has been cast as Gotham‘s Harvey Dent. Read More »

Gotham season trailer

We’re into the second week of Gotham, so audiences are starting to get a good idea of what Bruno Heller and his cast and crew have planned for Batman’s home town. (Hint: it seems to be an uneasy combination of camp and very serious drama, and we’ll give it another couple weeks to see how that balance settles.) A new Gotham season trailer now teases what’s to come for the rest of the year. Here you’ll see the murderer Victor Zsasz, along with hints of a few other characters.  Read More »

Thomas and Martha Wayne

Batman‘s suits, vehicles, and love interests may differ from telling to telling, but one aspect that pretty much always remains constant is the horrific murder of his parents. It’s such an important part of the Batman mythos, in fact, that we’ve seen it in almost every TV or movie adaptation. And now you can watch all of those Thomas and Martha death scenes at once in a brutal new supercut.

Meanwhile, one thing that has changed drastically over the years is Batman’s theme song, from the “nana nana nana nana BATMAN” jingle of the 1960s series to the epic, sweeping Hans Zimmer score from the Dark Knight films. Two guys on cello and piano have now stitched them all together into a single seamless performance — complete with three generations of Batmobiles as set decoration.

Watch the Batman parent death supercut and the Batman score evolution performance after the jump. Read More »

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gotham-red

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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