‘Gotham’ Behind-the-Scenes Trailer: There Will Be Light

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Although the top Batman news of the day may be Ben Affleck’s new suit, fans will first see the origin of the hero in Fox’s upcoming Gotham TV series. With the first full-length trailer for the series introducing its many characters, a new behind-the-scenes featurette provides insights from the cast and showrunners, while showing even more footage of Gotham’s finest taking on crminals before Batman made it ‘cool.’

Originally pitched as an origin story of Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), the extended trailer placed more of an emphasis on the villains of Gotham City, as well as a young Bruce Wayne. But those hoping for the unsung hero to retain the spotlight were happy to hear executive producer Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist) state that Gotham is not an origin story for the caped crusader.

The newest featurette supports those claims, outlining the two main goals of the series: show how broken and corrupt the city of Gotham really was in the years leading up to Batman’s arrival, and explain how DC Comics’ most iconic villains became more than common criminals or organized crime bosses. Those who listened to the latest episode of the Screen Rant Underground Podcast know that a chance to see the overlooked police officers and detectives of Gotham is something we’re hoping for, and this trailer addresses that point quite clearly.

Gotham Behind the Scenes Featurette Gotham Behind the Scenes Trailer: There Will Be Light

The fact that much of the show would hinge on the introduction and development of known comic book characters was always a given, but the most important question for curious comic fans concerns the tone and style that Gotham will adopt. With Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. embracing the fantastic and outlandish, The CW’s Flash looking to do the same, and Arrow straddling the line between Batman Begins and Smallville, there’s no telling where Gotham may end up landing on the spectrum.

Executive producer Danny Cannon’s (CSI, The Tomorrow People) claim that the series will be an “old fashioned cop show” implies it will land closer to Arrow than others, but fans won’t know until the series is at least a few episodes under way. Luckily, the leading duo of Gordon and Bullock (Donal Logue) looks to offer some of the series’ lighter moments, as well as the core moral conflict of the series. And no matter how over-the-top the villains may get, it seem the detectives will still be putting a hurt on everyday thugs at regular intervals.

What do you think of the new footage? Does the dedication to the villains have your hopes up for seeing classic characters in a new light? Or would you prefer this to be a totally grounded police drama? Sound off in the comments.


Gotham is in development and will be airing Mondays on FOX in Fall 2014.

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  1. WHERE IS THE STACHE ?! – still looks promising.

    • Let’s build up to the stache. If this show is a hit, Gordon may grow one end-season or after a couple more of them.

  2. What made the Joker the Joker? Batman. The Joker is a response to Batman. How can you have a Joker when Bruce Wayne isn’t even in high school yet?

    • While I whole-heartedly agree that you can’t have kiddy Joker running around or have the Joker causing havoc decades before Batman exists, originally Joker wasn’t a “response” to Batman so to speak, but Batman was the one was chasing him when he fell into the chemical vat and became disfigured. That origin story was written in 50’s. Nolan made him a response, but that’s not always how he’s portrayed. I don’t really care what they do with him in this one. I’m not confident that it will be well executed.

    • Two words: Red Hood

    • I give it like five episode before Gordon tries to grow a mustache and Bullock gives him crap for it until he shaves it off.

  3. You can have joker. He was called charles napier i think before batman met him. He was not called the “joker” yet. After the incident yes.

    • I think it was Jack Napier……I think.

  4. You can have the man who will become the Joker, even if its just a subtle little nod. But who knows which ‘origin’ the Joker will have (in terms of who he was before he took that chemical bath). There is the failed comedian, the mob enforcer, the criminal mastermind, and a few other back-stories for who the Joker was before he became the Clown Prince of Crime. It will be interesting to see which one is utilized for the show.

  5. This looks like it will be sensational.

  6. The beauty of the Joker is he is the one villain with no certainty to his origin. Please don’t try and define him and his motivations, it’ll just take away from what makes him the perfect antithesis to Batman.

  7. Looks good but it airs on FOX. It will get cancelled just like every other show fox has

    • Fox has a tendency to cancel science fiction shows like Firefly and Almost Human. Fox seems to do pretty well with police procedurals like Sleepy Hollow.

      • Hopefully. Fox seems to cancel everything and anything that is successful. I mean we are talking about the same company that once cancelled family guy. I hope this show is a hit and we get more then 1 season of the world of Gotham.

        • You think Fox would start to figure out that their tendancy to cancel shows actually makes viewers less likely to try a new show!

      • GOTHAM is not a police procedural. It’s a character driven one hour drama. FYI.

  8. Maybe they can have a flash foward episode involving the joker and how he became what he is