Gotham: Preview (Updated)
“This is a series about Gotham on the brink and how they all became who they were, what events led up to these characters becoming Catwoman, The Penguin and the Joker.
You see markers for it that are kind of delicious. You begin to see the evolution and eccentricities that become those characters.”
Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox
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Before the Knight
Developed by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham promises to draw the audience into the titular city in the direct aftermath of the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Focusing on new recruit Detective James Gordon (McKenzie) and his relationships with headstrong partner and mentor, Harvey Bullock (Logue) and with the young Bruce Wayne (Mazouz), Gotham could well turn out to be a refreshing spin on the familiar Batman tale.
With Heller involved, Gotham is shaping up to be a police procedural with heavy influences from Ed Brubaker`s Gotham Central comic book series and Frank Miller`s Batman: Year One.
Heller and the team could also incorporate the political intricacies of Gotham, as this has never really been explored, especially to the extent of familial dynasties.
Drawing from the gallery
One of the most interesting and fascinating aspects of Gotham is the introduction and development of Batman`s rogues gallery. With Selina Kyle, Oswald Cobblepot and Edward Nygma (the future Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler respectively) already cast, if the show keeps a taut, realistic character-driven arc to their transformations, then this could sit beautifully alongside the investigations of Gordon and the emotional turmoil of the young Wayne.
The official synopsis from Fox runs below:
“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.
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, 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. 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.”