By: Adam Basciano
When “Gotham” was first announced, it seemed as thought the show would be an origin story for the famed Commissioner Gordon of the Batman comic books. Turns out the show will be much more than that. At the Television Critics Association the Chairmen of Entertainment of Fox described “Gotham” by saying; “This is an origin story for young Bruce Wayne.” Furthermore, he indicated that the heavy hitters that make up the rogues gallery in Gotham City would make an appearance. Those name dropped included The Penguin, The Riddler, The Joker & Catwoman! You may be asking yourself; What are the chances of Batman appearing on the show? “The actor will grow-up, if we do our job well he’ll be a young man and ready [to be Batman] by the end,” he said. “Which isn’t to say we might not skip ahead.”
If this is sounding a bit like “Smallville” to you, you’re not alone. Although, that’s not a bad thing. “Smallville” was an entertaining alternate take on the Superman story, and was the beacon for the character for many years. Back to Gotham shall we. With Bruce Wayne growing up before our eyes on-screen, how do The Dark Knight’s future famous rogues gallery fit into the equation? “We’re not starting in that world where the villains are in costume. You see markers for it that are kind of delicious. You begin to see the evolution of the eccentricities that become those characters, but you really sort of arc there. We don’t start out in capes and costumes.”
It’s worth noting that “Gotham” will operate as a separate entity from the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film, starring Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. That’s okay though, because we can get the best of both worlds.
(Source: TCA, IGN)