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Classic Villains Will Populate Gotham
Along with a young Bruce Wayne

14 January 2014  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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Following last week's news that Danny Cannon will be directing the pilot episode of Fox's Batman spin-off TV series Gotham, an announcement from Fox chairman Kevin Reilly has revealed that there's more to the show than we previously thought. Far from being a relatively straight-ahead cop show focused on the young Jim Gordon and his colleagues, Reilly says Gotham will also include origin stories for most of the classic bat-villains, as well as featuring the young Bruce Wayne.

Assuming Gotham goes the desired distance, Reilly outlines a structure where, "The show will arc Bruce Wayne from a child aged around 12 into the final episode of the series when he will put on the cape".

Causing chaos in the city's shadows will be nascent versions of The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman (no doubt amongst other mischief makers from the Bat-canon). “We will see how they get to become who they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge,” Reilly said. “It is an operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality.” Slightly?

The series certainly isn't part of the Christopher Nolan continuity, and it's already been suggested that it won't be beholden to the comics either. So it'll be interesting to see how it deals with all these beginnings, given that in many cases we've already had multiple versions. The Joker in particular, we'd suggest, will require particularly careful handling since he's a character who's arguably stronger without explanation. Will we see him as Red Hood? Will he be named?

There are more questions than answers at this stage, but the show is developing swiftly. There's every expectation that Cannon's pilot will lead to a full series, and Fox will be opening and populating the series' writer's room in February, whence Gotham will be mapped. Expect some casting stories before too long...


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Could go either way!
Really does depend on how they choose to do this, but I have a bad feeling that we will get a Smallville-like teen superheroes series! Christ, I really don't want to see a Teen Joker! If the show however, is more in the vein of the 90s animated series, which is by far, the purest essence of Batman closest to the actual comics, and with a mature narrative to boot, this could be bloody amazing! But, I really don't want to hear about young master Bruce having problems with his Bat boner! More

Posted by Wicket55 at 17:23 on 20 January 2014 | Report This Post

Could go either way!
Really does depend on how they choose to do this, but I have a bad feeling that we will get a Smallville-like teen superheroes series! Christ, I really don't want to see a Teen Joker! If the show however, is more in the vein of the 90s animated series, which is by far, the purest essence of Batman closest to the actual comics, and with a mature narrative to boot, this could be bloody amazing! But, I really don't want to hear about young master Bruce having problems with his Bat boner! More

Posted by Wicket55 at 17:22 on 20 January 2014 | Report This Post

Gotham Not!!!
It would be interesting, but the suggestion that it "won't be beholden to the comics either" makes me like this idea less and less. Batman is the catalyst for the costumed vigilantes appearing in the same way Superman is the catalyst for the costumed heroes. By introducing these villains into a series that's going to start with Bruce Wayne as a 12 year old (keeping in mind most of Batman's Rogues Gallery are of similar age to the hero) this means that when Batman finally faces off More

Posted by Mr_Haze1810 at 13:47 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

The Bat-canon sounds awesome...
... can't wait to see how much damage one of those things causes. And of course, what's better than a Bat-canon? Two Bat-canons... More

Posted by PoliteElliot at 10:15 on 15 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: A really dreadful idea
Agree with an above poster that as long as it is better than SHIELD that would be great! Well, not too hard. Arrow is top-notch TV though, wasn't sure at first but glad I stuck with it. Looking forward to its return. This series I am curious about, could go either way but one thing's for sure the budget better be big, Game Of Thrones-big or it will fail. More

Posted by MDG_78 at 15:06 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: A really dreadful idea
L: spideed2 Why do we need a Smallville version of Batman, didn't Smallville do enough indie band music playing over totes-emosh montages? That itself was a dreary badly acted show that went on way too long and prevaricating around his eventual turn into the superheroes at the end for about 165 characters worth of screen time. Leave it alone. don't see the similarities between this and Smallville, beyond the comic connection. That was a retelling of Superman's origins; this is fo More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:27 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

A really dreadful idea
Why do we need a Smallville version of Batman, didn't Smallville do enough indie band music playing over totes-emosh montages? That itself was a dreary badly acted show that went on way too long and prevaricating around his eventual turn into the superheroes at the end for about 165 characters worth of screen time. Leave it alone. More

Posted by spideed2 at 12:34 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

Tie-in?
Could this Tie-in to Afleck's Bat-man - or even ARROW, now thats a great Superhero show More

Posted by Gazzabrook at 12:31 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Undoing
L: CHEWIEHAN1 This sounds dreadful. A Smallville-esque teen-fest undoing all the hard work Chris Nolan put in to restoring the Batman's image after the Joel Schumacher debacle... Booooooooooooooooo. actually really like the sound of this. With Danny Cannon on board as director - if he can make it as gritty and as stylized as his CSI days - then I really think this could work. And to be honest anything has got to be better than SHIELD! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:18 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

Undoing
This sounds dreadful. A Smallville-esque teen-fest undoing all the hard work Chris Nolan put in to restoring the Batman's image after the Joel Schumacher debacle... Booooooooooooooooo. More

Posted by CHEWIEHAN1 at 11:38 on 14 January 2014 | Report This Post

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