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(Cbr) Fox’s "Gotham" has already promises appearances by such classic Batman villains as Catwoman, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Riddler and, eventually, The Joker. But before the end of the first season, viewers will also meet at least two more members of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery: Harvey Dent and Hugo Strange. “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,” showrunner Bruno Heller tells IGN. “It’s a Season 1 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, »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Earlier this week we brought you some comments from Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller about the inclusion of Poison Ivy – sorry, Ivy Pepper – and The Joker in the upcoming Batman prequel series, and now he’s been talking about utilising another two members of The Dark Knight’s Rogues Gallery in Harvey Dent and Professor Hugo Strange.
“We’re playing Harvey Dent slightly older,” Heller tells IGN with regards to the future Two-Face. “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.”
And as for Hugo Strange, it seems his story will be linked with that of Arkham Asylum, »
- Gary Collinson
Whether or not Batman accidentally managed to make crime in Gotham City even worse than it was before he came along is an oft-debated question in comic book circles. With that in mind, Fox’s upcoming prequel show Gotham could potentially clear Bruce Wayne’s name a little by showing that Gotham City wasn’t exactly the loveliest place to live even before he came along. Between gangsters like Fish Mooney, budding supervillains like Penguin and corrupt police officers like Jim Gordon’s partner, Harvey Bullock, Gotham City certainly looks like quite a mess from what we’ve seen in the trailers for Gotham so far. Younger versions of Poison Ivy, Riddler and Catwoman will also appear in ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
One of the most highly anticipated new shows of the season is the Fox drama series Gotham. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) and with a beautifully cinematic pilot directed by Danny Cannon (the CSI franchise, Nikita), it is the origin story for a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as it shows what made them the formidable adversaries that they eventually become. At its core, it is the story of Detective James Gordon’s (Benjamin McKenzie) rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and it chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time. While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, showrunner Bruno Heller spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about developing the look for the city of Gotham, making it feel »
- Christina Radish
We can now add a couple more characters to the list of villains that we will see in Gotham. So far we have Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Joker making appearances, but now it looks like Doctor Hugo Strange will be included along with an older version of Harvey Dent.
IGN had an opportunity to talk to show runner Bruno Heller about the series, and this is what he had to say regarding Strange and Arkham:
"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. 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 »
- Joey Paur
There will be no shortage of iconic, villainous characters when Gotham kicks off Season 1 on Monday, September 22. Series regulars include Robin Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Clare Foley ll as Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy and Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/The Riddler. While promoting the series at the TCA Summer Tour, series creator Bruno Heller revealed that two other familiar faces will be popping up this year, Hugo Strange and Harvey Dent, while the infamous Gotham prison Arkham Asylum will also be featured.
Hugo Strange will be featured in the series to show how Arkham Asylum was first built, according to Bruno Heller.
"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. It's a Season 1 thing because in our »
When Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham arrives in the fall, we’ll be introduced to younger versions of several key and beloved members of the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery, including the Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. And that’s just in the pilot episode! The producers have already expressed their desires to bring characters like Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, and even the Joker into the fold, and have just revealed their intentions to expand the roster a bit more.
According to showrunner and executive producer Bruno Heller, Hugo Strange and Harvey Dent are headed to the small screen. Speaking with IGN, Heller revealed that their plans for Hugo Strange stretch beyond just introducing the lesser-known adversary (who was one of the major antagonists in the Batman: Arkham City videogame). Apparently, his presence will also help establish the show’s version of Arkham Asylum:
“Hugo Strange is going to »
- James Garcia
Two further potential villains from the Batman comics are set to show their faces on the upcoming first season of Fox's "Gotham".
"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. 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 »
- Garth Franklin
Last week reports surfaced that we'd be getting a ton of Joker teases in Fox's upcoming TV show based in the Batman universe, Gotham. Now we have some official comments from one of the show's executive producers, Bruno Heller, who took some time at the Television Critics Association to address those rumors.
Heller revealed that the rumors were partially accurate, but that it wouldn't be a strictly-Joker thing they'll be doing. The teases of "Is that who I think it is?" will apply to several members of Batman's rogue gallery.
His comments on how the show will be handling the teases:
"We will be playing with… Not just with Joker. Half the fun with all of these characters is who is going to turn into what and when? Certainly the Joker is a good example. In the pilot, you see there’s a comedian there. People immediately leap… And that »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham has been generating a ton of fan interest because of its heavy focus on the Dark Knight’s extensive rogues gallery, who appear to be just as front-and-center in the series as its main protagonist, the young up-and-coming detective James Gordon.
Showing us early incarnations of these villains will be no easy feat, and is hopefully something the writers and showrunners will approach cautiously. It will be all too easy for them to throw in all kinds of easter eggs, fan-service cameos and winks at the audience; but luckily it seems like they’ve got a plan that will stray away from that.
Executive producer Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist) was present at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, and answered some questions about two of Batman’s most famous and beloved villains, the Joker and Poison Ivy.
A recent report »
- James Garcia
Chills and thrills: will Gotham City be put on ice? George Clooney is Batman as the dark knight battles his greatest threat yet: cold-hearted Mr. Freeze (Schwarzenegger) and venomous Poison Ivy (Thurman). Batman has more than Gotham City to protect: the youthful eagerness of crimefighting comrades Robin (O'Donnell) and Batgirl (Silversone) puts them frequently in harm's way. Batman & Robin (1997) was directed by Joel Schumacher, from a script written by Akiva Goldsman. The film starred: Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze, George Clooney as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin, Uma Thurman as Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy, Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson/Batgirl, Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth, Pat Hingle as Commissioner James Gordon, Elle Macpherson as Julie Madison, Vivica »
So, what are you going to do while you're waiting until 2016 for "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice"? Well, Fox hopes that your itch for Bruce Wayne and co. will be scratched with their DC Comics series "Gotham" and they are promoting the hell out of it. Later this month they'll be at the San Diego Comic-Con to unveil more goodies, but first is a new teaser for the show, and the key word here is: brooding. The eternally stoic Ben McKenzie ("The O.C.," "Southland") takes the lead here as Detective James Gordon, in a story set in the world of Batman... before he was Batman. Indeed, the series will start off a young Bruce Wayne, tracking his rise while Gordon battles all manner of classic villains like Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Penguin, or at least the pre-costumed versions of them. It's an interesting gamble, one that hopes audiences will »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rookie detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) tries to make a difference in his corrupt hometown in the latest trailer for Fox's Batman prequel series Gotham. Along with seeing all of the primary villains such as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Taylor), Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), Edward Nygma/The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy (Clare Foley) and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), this footage gives us new information about Gordon himself, who has just returned to Gotham as a war hero as these villains look on.
Gotham follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the rise of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes. »
Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham won’t only be an origin story for future Gcpd commissioner Jim Gordon, but will explore the origins of the Dark Knight’s extensive rogues gallery. In the pilot alone, we’ll be introduced to the Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. We’ve also heard that the showrunners have plans to introduce Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, and the Joker at some point as well.
Bringing the Clown Prince of Crime to the small screen before he becomes the iconic psychopath we all know and love is a risky proposition, and one it seems the writers of the series are not taking lightly. We’ve heard from executive producer Bruno Heller that we should keep our eyes peeled for the Joker, and that he may be subtly introduced over time. Now, according to Bleeding Cool, we have a clearer picture of what that slow-introduction will entail. »
- James Garcia
Following the news from earlier today that Fox's Gotham will have a zip line and Uber cop car experiences for fans at San Diego Comic-Con next week, the network has released their Sdcc banner. Series stars Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin), Ben McKenzie (Detective James Gordon), Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Donal Logue (Detective Harvey Bullock), David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne), Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney), Clare Foley (Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy) and Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma/The Riddler) are featured on this special poster that will be on display at the San Diego Convention Center next week, showcasing both the heroes and villains of this Fox series. Stay tuned for more details regarding Gotham's Comic-Con presence.
Take a look at the New #gotham@Comic_Con poster. Will we see you there? #Foxsdcc Details: http://t.co/srM846yNzapic.twitter.com/ZhLD5IRuMh
Before there was Batman, »
Even if you've never set foot in the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con, you likely know that there are always a healthy number of surprises that aren't listed on the already-massive schedule. Last year, Warner Bros. dropped perhaps one of the biggest bombs in Con history, by simply unveiling a logo, the merging of Batman and Superman's iconic symbols that let everyone know the forthcoming Man of Steel sequel was, in fact, something much, much greater: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Marvel did the same thing last year as well, with Joss Whedon announcing that the Marvel's The Avengers sequel will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron, thus revealing the main villain in the same breath.
Way back in 2008, my first year attending Sdcc, I was covering what I thought to be a rather innocuous Disney panel. Keep in mind, this is years before Disney had Marvel and LucasFilm in their stable. »
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Gotham" (Fox) The Pitch: There's a tradition of existentializing comics, be it The Nietzsche Family Circus or 3eanuts or Garfield Without Garfield. So... "It's Batman without Batman." Quick Response: It's a good news/bad news situation with "Gotham." The good news is that I mostly enjoyed the "Gotham" pilot as written by Bruno Heller and directed by Danny Cannon. The ads aren't doing a great job of showcasing how good it looks, the job Cannon has done of creative a Gotham that looks interesting and distinctive but also, at least in theory, should be reproducible on a series budgets. The adds aren't showing how solid and sturdy Ben McKenzie is as James Gordon, nor the somewhat crazed glint Donal Logue has in his eyes as Harvey Bullock. They aren't showcasing the still-badass ex-Royal Marine Alfred Pennyworth has become in Sean Pertwee's hands. You wouldn't even know Erin Richards was in "Gotham, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Just in time for Halloween, fans can get this Free excerpt from the first chapter of the critically acclaimed graphic novel, Batman: Haunted Knight, which features dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Dark Knight Detective confronts his deepest fears as he tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker.
Available for Free* from most comic shops on Halloween ComicFest, October 25th.
Just in time for Halloween, fans of all ages can get this Free special edition of the first issue of the fan-favorite, all-ages series that features teams-up with the Scooby-Doo gang and the greatest heroes of the DC Comics Universe! Rumors of a giant bat-creature bring Scooby and the gang on the run - but Batman and Robin »
- Matt MacNabb
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including a new Shondaland drama, Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, another NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
First up on our list….
Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | Fox’s Gotham (Mondays at 8/7c, premiere date Tba)
...specifically 'Detective James Gordon' and young 'Bruce Wayne'.
As originally conceived the series follows Gordon's early days on the 'Gotham City Police' force.
Origin stories of Batman villains will include 'Catwoman'...
...'Riddler', 'Two-Face', 'Joker', 'Penguin' and 'Poison Ivy'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Gotham"...
- Michael Stevens
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