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.
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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