More Gotham details?! Well, ok then…
IGN chatted to Gotham executive producer and showrunner Bruno Heller at the FOX presentation at the Television Critics Association and he revealed that some of the mythos’ big villains will be appearing… ones we haven’t heard about yet.
“Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we’re going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely,” he said.
“It’s a Season One thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how is one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to – you don’t have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage – but if you’re telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, ‘What the f***? Why don’t you make that place a place people don’t escape from?’ We’re going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that.”
Harvey Dent will appear too and he’ll be an older man, standing closer in age to Jim Gordon than Bruce Wayne: “We’re playing Harvey Dent slightly older. He’s more Gordon’s age in this telling. One of the things to avoid in order not to tell a high school story – which would be great, but it’s a different show on a different network at a different time that I would not be a part of. But he will go back to school and villains will be part of that world.”
On the question of crossovers with Arrow – because Ras and Nyssa Al Ghul are there primarily – he says: “That’s a good meta-physical, trans-network question. I don’t think it would preclude anything, but I think it would be tough to do cross-overs because the worlds are so different. Like I said, there’s so many rich, great characters that we can’t get them all in there.”
Danny Cannon, director of the pilot and exec producer has hinted that they get all their threads from DC’s Geoff Johns and hints that Mr Freeze and Poison Ivy’s more super-powered origins may be revealed and character like Dr Leslie Thompkins are not out of the question: “Let’s hope we get a couple more seasons and all those people will work their way into it.”