Showrunner Bruno Heller finally breaks his silence on Fox's latest superhero/crime drama Gotham, revealing some of the city's gritty details and what to expect from the show.
Gotham takes a unique approach to the Batman mythos, by focusing on the city that starts it all and its ‘rough around the edges’ inhabitants, including the origins of what some fans would consider the best villains in the DC rogues gallery. So while young Bruce is thrown into the mix, the origin series chronicles the career of Detective Gordon (played by Ben Mckenzie) and his interactions with the Gotham underworld.
Heller, in an interview with EW, goes on to discuss why the origins of Gotham may be the bread and butter of Batman lore:
When thinking about how to enter the DC world for TV, certainly on network TV, to do shows about superheroes — about people who wear spandex costumes — that doesn’t work very well. We want to see people’s faces. TV is about emotion and character, not stunts and special effects. This is a way of entering that world in a fresh way.
So a Batman fan has to wonder how Gotham will parallel itself with the aesthetic of the Christopher Nolan franchise, or if it even will. Bruno Heller, director and executive producer Danny Cannon and director of photography David Stockton discuss the visual landscape/tone of Gotham.
The movies are a very rigorous, kind of Germanic take on that world. They’re visually stunning, but not particularly visually pleasurable. I would say this is much more on the street level of Gotham. There’s more people, it’s a more colorful place, it’s a more vivid place, it’s more crowded. The inspiration for me and Danny was New York in the ’70s, because we both remember that as a seminal moment, coming to the city for the first time. This is very much that kind of Gotham — intensely visual and three-dimensional and layered and gritty and dirty and sexy and dangerous. From that point of view — and it’s easy for me to say, I just have to write the thing, Danny and David have to visualize it — but I think you’ll see it’s fabulous.
Bruce may not be the primary character of the show, but obviously we’re still curious to see his journey, besides the usual tragic flashback moments. Heller talks more about Bruce’s role in Gotham, and the prodigy playing him.
David Mazouz is, without doubt, the best actor ever to play the part of Bruce Wayne. Without doubt — including the people who played Batman. He is a genuine prodigy of an actor, as you will see on screen… It’s not going to be young Bruce Wayne going out and saving the day, because that’s not what kids do. It’s about the strange education of this young man. He has a good idea of where he’s going early on. But it’s about the growth of this young man.
Obviously, the Penguin, Riddler, young Catwoman, Alfred. Possibly Harvey Dent. Poison Ivy. Um … and then there will be others, but I hate to — I’m so used to doing a police procedural, so I’m used to telling, “Next week he’s going to go there.” But when and how they’re going to show up is half the fun. Penguin is one of those guys that, as soon as you see him, you go, “Oh, that’s the Penguin.” It would be hard to disguise him as somebody else.
Bruno on Joker:
He’s the crown jewel of the Batman villains. He will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought.
So what say you Geek nation? You excited about some of the new details for Gotham? Be sure to stay tuned to Geek as we update you on the latest Gotham news.
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