We already know that Gotham will be featuring a fairly big range of famous Batman villains, including Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Riddler, Penguin and hints about the Joker. Now executive producer Bruno Heller has revealed in interviews with IGN that even more big names are going to be packed into the show.
Hugo Strange is going to appear, although from the sounds of it, he is basically being used as a device to introduce Arkham Asylum and do some explaining around why on earth [Gotham](series:1127075) doesn't just build somewhere a little more secure to hold its criminals.
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.
We don't currently have any images of the Asylum in the show, but from the clips we have seen, it looks like they have a fantastic gothic vibe, so I am sure they will do it justice.
We'll also be seeing a pre-Two Face Harvey Dent, but with some changes in terms of age. Rather than having him as a peer of Bruce Wayne's, he will be a similar age to Gordon, and I wonder how they will write that relationship. I assume that we will be seeing a lot of the political career build up, and most likely Dent working with the police as a good guy, so I wonder if we will see anything of Two Face at all.
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.
According to Danny Cannon (another executive producer on the show), we will also get some backstory on Mr Freeze and his work in cryogenics, although he doesn't say how much of an appearance this character will have.
Heller has said that "they don't want to bow to any pressure to overstuff or front-load the series", but at this point it is starting to feel like this is exactly what is happening. I'm excited for the show, but as time goes on, we are hearing about so many characters that I am starting to worry that there will just be too many to get the kind of individual focus and development that I would like to see.
Of course, we don't know how much of a role any of these characters will have, as the show will be focusing around the cops. It could well be that we simply get tasters and references, or that like Strange, characters are used as devices to build the world of Gotham.
What do you think?