GOTHAM Won’t Connect To The Movies, But There Could Be Spinoffs
Yesterday we got a slew of official details about Fox’s planned Gotham series. While we thought it was a series focusing on Jim Gordon before Batman and all the crazy villains, it turns out it’s a series about Jim Gordon with Bruce Wayne and some crazy villains before they’re full-on crazy villains. Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly revealed the likes of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, and even the Penguin would show up in the series. You can read the rundown of his comments at the Television Critics Association by clicking here, but a few more details from the series during the big presentation have popped up.
As Reilly said yesterday, the series would serve in part as an origin story for Bruce Wayne. We’ll see a Bruce Wayne of about 12-years of age all the way up to the time he puts on the costume. The chairman is hoping that the young actor they chose will grow with the series, saying “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. Which isn’t to say we might not skip ahead.“
It was also confirmed that the series WILL NOT have any connection to the DC cinematic universe. While their won’t be anything tying into what Ben Affleck is doing, Reilly says Fox owns the TV rights for everything. “We own all the rights.That’s what we’re licensing. They brought us the entire franchise for a very healthy licence fee. We’re not negotiating this piece meal. We have all of the underlying Batman rights for the entire franchise for this series. That’s what I like about this, it’s not some sort of adjunct companion series. This is the Batman franchise, just backing it up. I think that gives it a real focus as to what the show is about and what stories we’re telling.” That’s a huge bit of news. Fox owns the TV rights, so that means Arrow or other series might not get to use some of the toys they hoped to use in the future.
Finally, Reilly let fans in on what they can expect from the villains of the series. We’ll see Riddler, the Joker, and others, but they won’t be the characters we’re used to seeing. There are no costumes here, Batman won’t even get his costume until the series finale. Reilly says “We’re arcing to that. 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.” But that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be spinoffs featuring the villains or any of the other characters. Fox is hoping they can keep the show going for a long time and explore all the characters they can. The spinoffs all depend on how succesful the series will be. Warner Bros. is hoping Fox puts together 22 episodes, but the length nor the premiere date have been set. What do you think about Gotham from everything you’ve heard so far?
Source : IGN