GOTHAM Showrunner Opens Up About The Villains (And JOKER)
The first trailer for Gotham debuted the other day, so it seems like the floodgates are starting to open for Fox‘s Batman prequel. While the trailer offered up a taste of what’s in store, the show is still largely shrouded in mystery. EW spoke with showrunner Bruno Heller about the highly-anticipated and much-discussed series in a candid and rather extensive interview. Heller talked about the show’s villains and whether or not the crown jewel of Batman‘s rogues, Joker, will be introduced alongside Penguin, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.
Speaking with EW about everything from the show’s inception to how far out the series is mapped (the entire first season is already planned), Heller gave fans a peek behind the curtain about what we can expect to see when Gotham airs sometime this fall. When asked about the creative process when it came to deciding which villains to use and how they would walk the line between comic books and realism, Heller explained how they had to reverse engineer the world:
The first thing was starting with Jim Gordon, who is the most human and real and normal person in the DC pantheon. What would the city of Gotham look like to a young rookie cop coming into this world? And that’s where we calibrated. This is a world that’s going to become that familiar world of Batman, but it’s not there yet. It’s an embryo. A lot of the work was reverse engineering the story to look at what these characters were like when younger. Penguin, for instance, is not a powerful gang leader, he’s a gofer for a gangster. It’s about giving the world room to grow, but at the same time giving the fun and pleasure and drama of that heightened world. One of the great things about the Batman world is [the characters] have no super powers. Nobody flies or leaps over buildings. You start with psychology and that’s where we build from.
We saw several of the top tier Batman villains teased in the full-length trailer, but Heller says we can expect to see a lot more throughout the first several episodes. Heller makes it sound like we can expect to see all the main rogues as well as some smaller fan-favorite villains as well:
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.” With this, it’s very much storytelling. So I would be remiss to tell you who will show up when. I will say we’re not going to skimp on giving people the characters they want and expect from Gotham. 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.
Batman is nothing without Joker, and while Bruce Wayne will be just a boy in Gotham, Heller says the big, bad, clown will play a role sometime down the road as well. He teased, “Because we’re starting way before these villains even themselves knew they were villains. Some of them started out as good guys. So there will be a lot of that. He’s the crown jewel of the Batman villains. He will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought.” The showrunner went on to address the argument about whether or not it’s a mistake to tackle Joker again after Heath Ledger‘s portrayal and untimely death:
I’ve written scenes for Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. So while that is a serious and valid note, you can’t get into doing this without going there. That was a wonderful performance and — apart from everything else — wonderful make-up. And we should try to live up to that. It will be a different character. It’s certainly going to be more Heath Ledger than Cesar Romero. But like I say, all of these people are real people with feelings and emotions and history and parents. I just build from that.
You can read a whole lot more from Heller, like how he thinks his Gotham and Bruce Wayne are far superior to anything ever seen in the movies, by clicking the source link below. Seeing a Batman show without Batman and with younger pre-being super evil versions of the rogues will be weird, but the trailer and Heller‘s comments makes the concept seem interesting. What do you think?
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Source : EW