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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.
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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.
At a Wondercon panel last month celebrating Batman's 75th anniversary, DC Comics' Larry Ganem answered an audience member's question about why Bill Finger isn't credited as the co-creator of Batman by saying, "we're all good with Finger and his family."
According to a press release issued by the Comic Arts Council, Finger's family disagrees. Athena Finger, Bill Finger's granddaughter, is quoted in the release as saying it's time to speak up after "75 years of exploitation of my grandfather." Take a look at her full quote after the jump.
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Here's the first footage from Gotham, the forthcoming Fox television series based on DC Comics' Batman characters. Starring Ben McKenzie as “idealistic rookie” Detective James Gordon and Donal Logue as "shrewd police legend" Harvey Bullock, the series is set in an unspecific past before all the awesome Batman characters showed up, at least in a recognizable way. As seen in the trailer, the show begins with the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents and seems to feature the future Batman and future Catwoman in more prominent roles than you might expect from what has been thought to be more of a stylish police procedural like the Gotham Central comics rather than a deep mythology reshaping along the lines of Smallville, the last "prequel" series based on a DC superhero. Perhaps Gotham has aspirations to be something more like the infamous "Superman without Superman" show than "Homicidein Gotham City." We'll find out later this year.
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The rollout of official photos of characters from the new Fox series Gotham continues as actor Ben McKenzie tweeted fans' first look at series star Jim Gordon.
While it appeared Donal Logue's Harvey Bullock will have a little more facial hair than the comics version, Gordon will notably have less. That's right: McKenzie won't be rocking Gordon's signature mustache in the role. He honestly looks a little distraught about it, but hey, Batman '66 Gordon didn't have a mustache, did he? And he came out OK. Chin up, fella.
What would the Penguin was a young, skinny bro without a monocle? This guy, apparently; an actor called Robin Lord Taylor. Best known for appearances in After Earth and The Walking Dead, Taylor will portray a new and seemingly deadlier version of the famous villain in Gotham, the forthcoming Fox television series based on the DC Comics characters.