Today saw some light shed on the Gotham live action series announced to be in development at FOX in September 2013. When announced, many believed that we were finally going to see an adaptation of the cancelled comic book, Gotham Central which was cancelled back in 2006 due to low sales despite being critically acclaimed and beloved by its fan-base but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
We do know that Jim Gordon will play a major part in the series, showing him early in his career but IGN have reported today from the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour that Chairman of Entertainment at FOX Kevin Reilly has said the new series will focus on a young Bruce Wayne and how he eventually becomes The Batman. Think of it like The Smallville TV series only with Batman.
Reilly also stated several other juicy details. The series will be separate from the DC cinematic universe but will have the overall tone and aesthetic of the Christopher Nolan, ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ but Nolan will not be involved. This means that the series will not tie into any previous incarnations or future ones of the Bat- franchise but will be its own entity.
We will also see how Jim Gordon evolves into his future role as Commissioner of the GCPD and most exciting of all we will see the Batman rogues gallery! Everyone from the Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman etc will be featured and see their origins explored.
“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”
This also extends to Bruce Wayne as the Chairman said that he views the eventual end of the series to be Bruce donning the cape and cowl for the first time.
Information has been hard to come by on this series with today’s announcements being the height of it. As always, we will keep you posted with any new info as it happens.