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The Joker for Gotham?

What? How? I thought...

By Robert T. Trate     May 12, 2014
Source: Entertainment Weekly


Gotham arrives on FOX in 2015.
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Bruno Heller, the showrunner for the Fox’s upcoming Gotham, may have set the bar pretty high with his yet unreleased Batman TV Series. First up, Heller has stated that there will numerous villains in the upcoming series including The Joker. If that wasn’t enough, Heller also stated his series will "surpass the [Christopher Nolan] Batman movies." It’s great to have high expectations, but really? Well it seems he meant visually, as his Director of Photography clarified his statement. 

"In terms of what [director and executive producer Danny Cannon and director of photography David Stockton] are doing — visually — Gotham will surpass the Batman movies," he said. "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."

Check out Bruno Heller’s interview at Entertainment Weekly (here) for how he sees the first season developing. The interesting thing is, he says that Fox is on the same with the series being serialized. We’ll see how that goes. 

Synopsis: Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
 
"Gotham" is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist," "Rome"), "Gotham" follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
 
Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, "Southland," "The O.C.") romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, Open Grave, "Breaking In"), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
 
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, "Sons of Anarchy," "Terriers," "Vikings," "Copper"), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, "Touch"), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
 
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, "HawthoRNe," Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, "The Walking Dead," Another Earth).
 
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, "Burn Notice"), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, "Camelot," "Elementary"). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.'

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Wiseguy 5/12/2014 8:18:16 AM

Nolan's Gotham sucked balls

monkeyfoot 5/12/2014 9:56:20 AM

Whose balls?

millean 5/12/2014 10:15:03 AM

Ummm, shouldn't he be the Red Hood and not the Joker in this series?  (I suppose that is what Bob was referring to in his tagline).  That would actually be kind of cool if they did that, but they won't go that route.  Joe Public would have no idea that the guy in the hood ends up being the Clown Prince of Crime.

DarthBob 5/12/2014 10:53:47 AM

I agree with wise, Nolan's Gotham looked like Any City, USA.  There was nothing that made it feel like Gotham City.  But it was grounded and all dark and gritty which is all that DC/WB care about.

SarcasticCaveman 5/12/2014 11:04:18 AM

 Honestly, I'd rather have it look like Any City, USA than perpetually stuck in the 40's on the darkest night imaginable.  I guess I'm just not a true Batman comic book fan.

Higgy 5/12/2014 11:31:25 AM

Tim Burton's Gotham was awesome.  He's a weird/hokey director but his gotham was cool.

doublerdiner 5/12/2014 12:06:21 PM

 Burton's Gotham was cool but only about 2 city blocks per movie, used over and over again in most shots.

hanso 5/12/2014 3:04:56 PM

I want giant statues and neon colors up in this beeyotch.  That's the one true Gotham.

evilbeagle 5/12/2014 6:23:20 PM

 Nolan's movies were not good after Batman Begins.  Ledger's Joker was phenominal, but the movie was not good IMO.  I just feel like comic book movies should have watchability that makes you want to see it more than once.  Never felt that way with TDK, TDKR, X3, Wolverine Origins.  That being said, this series looks intriguing to me.

blankczech 5/12/2014 7:08:59 PM

Enjoyed Nolan's Batman movies.  IMO more intelligent, more adult, more intense, better written (broaching some real issues)  and better acted than any of the Disney Super Hero movies which I thought were much lighter and family oriented.

I only watched The Avengers once.  My little grandsons loved it but I wasn't thrilled with the jocularity or the lack of any real dramatic tension.  The Chitauri were pathetic.  It was like watching the New York Yankees play a AA Minor League team.  At no point did I think the good guys were in any danger of getting a scratch let alone losing to the bad guys (I'm talking about the Super Heroes...not Coulson's antiseptic demise).

I doubt that Gotham will be a dark show.  I expect like MAoS they'll stick it in the 8 PM time slot, and keep it light, clean, cute and fuzzy (nothing deep or controversial, no sex references or graphic violence) so they can attract kids as well as fanboys.

 

 

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