Gotham is the new series which is going to be set in the world of Batman but follow Commissioner Gorden, played by Gary Oldman in the Nolan movies, as a young policeman. He will encounter the villains of the Batman world like, Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman and eventually The Joker.
Bruno Heller, most famous for creating the British series Rome, sat down recently with EW to discuss the hugely anticipated Gotham. Heller stated:
You start with psychology and that’s where we build from.
He likes the universe because the fact that the characters don't have powers, while their oddities come from expressionistic takes on psychology. These villains are just outside of reality, therefore relatable, and perhaps this is why Batman has always been so successful.
Heller seems to be very confident in the show and his fresh approach to the material, so much so that he believes in certain aspects he will even outdo the Nolan trilogy:
visually — Gotham will surpass the Batman movies. 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.
Personally, that was one of the things I missed about the Nolan movies, I loved it when Batman was set in the forties or fifties in the animated series and the two Burton movies.
When asked about David Mazouz, the actor who will be playing the young Bruce Wayne.
...without doubt, the best actor ever to play the part of Bruce Wayne. Without doubt — including the people who played Batman. He is a genuine prodigy of an actor, as you will see on screen. Frankly, before David was cast, I was ambivalent about how much we would use Bruce Wayne in the series.
This is a great vote of confidence as I believe that the young Bruce's have tended to be the weakest in the past. It needed a good child actor to work in this way and if what Heller says is true, then this will make for a very interesting development of both actor and character.
He went on to answer the question on everyone's lips; Joker.
He’s the crown jewel of the Batman villains. He will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought...It will be a different character. It’s certainly going to be more Heath Ledger than Cesar Romero. But like I say, all of these people are real people with feelings and emotions and history and parents. I just build from that.
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