For months now, Fox has insisted that its new series Gotham isn't a Batman show. It's a Jim Gordon show.
However, executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, who wrote and directed the pilot respectively, were more than happy to tell IGN that the Gotham City of the series will eventually forge Batman from the pre-teen Bruce Wayne, who is a regular character on the show. (The secret is that he'll be dark and damaged. A bold new vision!) They also discussed how they established the look and feel of the city, and a lot more about their goals.
Viewers have had plenty of opportunities to see the lead characters of Fox's new not-Batman-we're-serious series Gotham staring ahead and looking solemn, but they haven't seen everyone just yet.
Entertainment Weekly has published eight new character portaits, and though they include some familiar faces -- Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Mooney, and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, to name a few --the feature also comes with some new ones. Not only are viewers getting their first really good look at Edward Nygma, a.k.a. the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), they're also seeing the show's version of Poison Ivy, played by Clare Foley. You'll notice she's not Pamela Isley anymore.
Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller already sat under Entertainment Weekly's spotlight to talk about the new Fox series, and now it's series star Ben McKenzie's turn.
McKenzie will play a young James Gordon on the show (which the producers have promised will not be about Batman, even though there's a preteen Bruce Wayne running around). He told EW pretty unequivocally that the show will be a darker take, with plenty of moral gray areas, in case you were wondering whether it would be like every other Batman media property of the past 30 years or so. Here are some highlights from his interview.
Fans have a lot of questions about Fox's new Jim Gordon-driven show Gotham, which also features a preteen, pre-Batman Bruce Wayne. Will it be a procedural or tell season-long arcs? Will there be masked heroes to fight the supervillains who will appear on the show? What's the tone going to be like? Where's Gordon's mustache?
Showrunner Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) talked with Entertainment Weekly and answered a few, but not all, of those questions. He said the show won't follow a crime-of-the-week format (though it will have a "procedural framework"). It will be serialized. He also said the entire first season has been plotted out. Look after the jump to see what else he had to say about the series, particularly whether it'll become a Batman show.
When Warner Bros. announced that Terriers and Grounded for Life star Donal Logue had been cast as Harvey Bullock in the new FOX series about a young Jim Gordon, Gotham, some wondered if the famously long-haired and bearded actor could look the part of the iconic character.
The studio released its first official photo of Logue in costume today, and it the costume designers seem to have pulled it off, though he's a little more slick looking than Bullock looks in the comics and the actor's goatee remains. Check out the full image after the jump.
If you remember the Fox series Touch, you'll recall that one of its lead characters was a young man with very special powers who never spoke. The actor who played that role, 14-year-old David Mazouz, has now been cast as Bruce Wayne in Fox's new Gotham TV series. Odds are he'll have a little more to say in this role.
The producers have also cast the teenaged thief Selina Kyle with newcomer Camren Bicondova.
He's spent most of his career protecting California -- first as an angsty teen on The O.C. and more recently as a cop on South LAnd, but it seems Benjamin McKenzie's next stop is Gotham as a young James "Jim" Gordon. This isn't McKenzie's first rodeo either, as he voiced a young Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Animation's 2011 Batman Year One animated feature, which adapted the comic of the same name by writer Frank Miller, artist David Mazzucchelli, colorist Richmond Lewis and letterer Todd Klein.
You may not know Danny Cannon's name, but if you have ever watched CSI:, odds are you've seen his work. Cannon has directed 25 episodes of that long-running CBS series in addition to serving as executive producer on The CW's Nikita.
Now, according to Deadline he's in line to direct the pilot episode for Fox's upcoming Gotham series, which may more may not include a young Bruce Wayne. He'll also be an executive producer.
Though observant listeners to early clips of Fox's new Axe Cop animated show were pretty certain Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman, Ron F**king Swanson himself, would play the titular mustachioed officer, Axe Cop co-creator Ethan Nicolle confirmed it, along with the rest of a truly stellar cast, on his blog.
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