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Fans of all things Batman-related have to wait until 2016 to see his first-ever big-screen team-up with Superman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but a look at the early years of Gotham City, Bruce Wayne and his ally Jim Gordon comes to television this September in the form of Fox’s Gotham. Starring Ben McKenzie as Gordon, Jada Pinkett Smith as a new character, the crime boss Fish Mooney and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, the network and DC have kicked the PR machine into a new gear as the show’s broadcast premiere approaches.
The pilot episode will screen at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and the early ...
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- Anthony Vieira
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
"Sometimes you gotta do bad things to do good."
Fox has released three new TV spots from the highly anticipated series Gotham. They each feature more new footage from the show that has been getting nothing but rave reviews. I'm so excited for the opportunity to watch the pilot episode at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend! We'll make sure to let you know what we thought about it.
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 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.
- Joey Paur
The series 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. The entirely new, untold chapter comes from executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”) and stars Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Vikings,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Hawthorne,” “Collateral”). Gotham kicks off Monday, September 22. »
Fox has unleashed 3 all-new TV spots for their upcoming -themed series, Gotham. The TV spots tease what's to come in the show as it explores the origin stories of it's legendary characters.
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, »
Depending on which of the many DC Comics continuity's you decide to follow, Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent should be roughly the same age. However, we won't be seeing them as classmates in this series, as Gotham will take things in a slightly different direction by portraying him as a peer of Ben McKenzie's Detective Jim Gordon. "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." This is far from the end of the world as it doesn't really impact the Caped Crusader working alongside Gordon and Dent in »
A TV show set in Gotham City that never features the Caped Crusader himself? More inflexible comic-book fans might scoff at that prospect, but Fox’s upcoming series Gotham aims to change their minds, focusing on a pre-Batman Gotham within which the only barriers against all-out anarchy are good cops like Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie). Though Gordon is new to the Gcpd as Gotham opens, he quickly gets wise to the rampant corruption and crime in the city, devoting his life to cleaning up both the police department and the streets it patrols.
According to showrunner Bruno Heller, taking Batman out of the equation makes Gotham a much more interesting show. Because of his absence, the series becomes less about superheroes and more about ordinary men and women solving problems in a city filled with villains. Said Heller:
“If there is a superhero in the show, it is Gotham. That »
- Isaac Feldberg
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.
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- James Garcia
Fox's "Gotham" is one of this fall's most intriguing pilots, but also one of its most confounding. On the one hand, it has the full weight of DC Comics behind it; an interesting cast that includes Benjamin McKenzie as a young Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as his cynical partner Harvey Bullock and Jada Pinkett Smith as local crime boss Fish Mooney; and a fascinating look created by director/producer Danny Cannon that evokes '70s cinema classics like "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The French Connection." On the other hand, it is a Batman show that is never going to actually feature Batman, since the story begins with the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, with Bruce played by 13-year-old David Mazouz, while the show will feature origin stories for classic Batman villains like the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), making it a story »
- Alan Sepinwall
If there was any lingering doubt that Fox's upcoming drama “Gotham” would share very little with the camp-happy '60s series “Batman,” “Gotham” executive producer Bruno Heller put it to rest during the panel for the series at the Television Critics Association panel for the show on Sunday. Asked about the disturbing nature of the violence on “Gotham,” given that the series revolves around a bunch of characters that have traditionally appealed to children, Heller asserted that violence should be presented in a jarring way. See video: Ben McKenzie Explores the Origins of Batman's Villains in ‘Gotham’ Teaser “Violence, when you show it, »
- Tim Kenneally
There will be no cape. There will be no cowl. Nevertheless, Fox's Gotham intends to stay true to the Batman comics that fans have come to know and love over more than seven decades.
Based on DC Comics characters, Gotham explores the origin stories of the Caped Crusader's eventual ally James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie), a detective with the Gotham City Police Department, and his battle with the villains who made the city famous.
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- Natalie Abrams
Summer TCA panels are in full swing, and we've been getting quite a few good spoilers and tidbits concerning Fall's new shows. Fox's Gotham is one of the most highly anticipated of the season, and producers appeared on stage with stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, and Jada Pinkett Smith to give us the scoop on the show. Stay tuned for more on the pilot, but in a nutshell, it revolves around young James Gordon (McKenzie) as he befriends a newly orphaned Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and fights the rising villains in the grimy city of Gotham. The most interesting part of the panel has to be a comment from executive producer Bruno Heller. He mentioned that the first season of the show will revolve around the rise of the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), but the progression will depend "entirely on what pops with the audience." That's right - you like »
- Maggie Pehanick
Fox’s Gotham, as it chronicles police detective Jim Gordon’s rise to the eventual post of police commissioner, will introduce not one but four foes — Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler and original creation Fish Mooney — in its series premiere. However, don’t expect a plethora of baddies every week.
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“You have to front-load the pilot with the best that you’ve got. You have to open big,” executive producer Bruno Heller (formerly of The Mentalist) said Sunday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills. »
Fox's Gotham — Jim Gordon's origin story — is less about superheroes than ordinary men and women solving problems in a city filled with villains, showrunner Bruno Heller told reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. The drama, in which characters are based on those from the DC Comics universe, stars Southland alum Ben McKenzie as commissioner-to-be James Gordon; it also includes a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), among others. The series explores Gordon's origin story as well as the villains that made Gotham famous. Donal
- Lesley Goldberg
Octavia Spencer is a “Scary Bitch” — or at least her character in Fox's upcoming “Red Band Society” apparently is. Key art obtained exclusively by TheWrap depicts the main cast with short descriptors. For instance, Dave Annable is “The Hot Doc,” while the patients range from “Mean Girl” to “Coma Boy.” See video: Ben McKenzie Explores the Origins of Batman's Villains in ‘Gotham’ Teaser The highly anticipated Fox dramedy, from Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Television, follows a diverse group of teenagers who become unlikely allies and friends in the high school drama, set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. Griffin Gluck, »
- Tony Maglio
Fox is ramping up publicity for its buzzy new series Gotham ahead of its September debut, and now, hot on the heels of an appealing teaser for the show, we’ve been treated to a new crop of images by Entertainment Weekly, which featured Gotham in a recent issue. There are no startling revelations in the shots, though I don’t recall seeing much of Wayne Manor, home to a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and butler Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee), before this point.
Other pics include shots of protagonist James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), the new addition to the Gotham City Police Department destined to become the troubled city’s police commissioner; ruthless gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith); Mooney’s underling Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who may be developing an affinity for penguins in this series’ run; and Alfred, a much younger iteration of the character than DC Comics »
- Isaac Feldberg
This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly includes five new photos from the highly-anticipated Batman prequel series Gotham, which offers our first look at the massive Wayne Manor. The story takes place after the murder of young Bruce Wayne's (David Mazouz) parents, with rookie detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) trying to solve this grisly murder.
While we don't see any new images of David Mazouz as the future Batman, we do get a fresh look at Ben McKenzie in action as James Gordon, along with Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Robin Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin and Sean Pertwee as Bruce Wayne's trusted butler Alfred Pennyworth. Take a look at the images below, and stay tuned for more information regarding the show as we get closer to Comic-Con 2014, where the show will debut the pilot episode.
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. »
Gotham's marketing machine has been ramping up in anticipation of the pilot's world premiere at Comic-Con later this month. Just a couple of days ago we got a new TV spot to go along with these new character posters. You can get a sampling of the villains that will appear in the show here, or just read our preview to get a feel for the overall show. Today's latest contribution to the early looks comes via a handful of new images, one of which reveals the first glimpse of Wayne Manor. Starring Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Barbara Kean, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Cory Michael Smith, and Zabryna Guevara, Gotham debuts on Fox this fall. Hit the jump to check out the new images. The new Gotham images come courtesy of EW (via Cbm): Here’s the official synopsis for Gotham »
- Dave Trumbore
Several new stills from the upcoming Batman prequel series "Gotham" have arrived. These scans of new shots from an EW pictorial spread showcase a first look at Wayne Manor and Sean Pertwee's Alfred Pennyworth in the series. There's also new shots of Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Oswald Obblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). [Source: Cbm]
The story will chronicle the tumultuous life of Charles Lindbergh, from his rise to his struggles with modern celebrity. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick are on board to executive produce. [Source: THR]
AMC has released the first trailer for the upcoming fourth season of its original Western drama "Hell on Wheels". The thirteen episode season kicks off on August 2nd »
- Garth Franklin
Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. 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? Some great images here, and the reaction from those who have seen the pilot has been very positive, despite a few fans being a little doubtful about the premise. Who could it be that Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is facing off against here and which of these new shots from Gotham is your favourite? Be sure to »
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