GOTHAM Showrunner Answers The Big Questions; Confirms 'Joker'

GOTHAM Showrunner Answers The Big Questions; Confirms 'Joker'

Bruno Heller sat down with EW to discuss Fox’s highly anticipated Batman prequel series, Gotham. He confirms that we will indeed be seeing The Joker and (possibly) Harvey Dent, and calls young David Mazouz "the best actor ever to play the part of Bruce Wayne."

In an in-depth interview with EW, Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller finally spills the beans on what we can expect from the Batman prequel series. He says that they have the entire serialized story mapped out from start to finish, and hints that some inspiration may be taken from the likes of Alan Moore's The Killing Joke and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. As for which classic Batman characters we'll see, Heller name checks a few while also suggesting that there will be certain characters that might become different ones as the show progresses. Here are his quotes on that in full.


"Obviously, the Penguin, Riddler, young Catwoman, Alfred. Possibly Harvey Dent. Poison Ivy. Um … and then there will be others, but I hate to — I’m so used to doing a police procedural, so I’m used to telling, “Next week he’s going to go there.” With this, it’s very much storytelling. So I would be remiss to tell you who will show up when. I will say we’re not going to skimp on giving people the characters they want and expect from Gotham. But when and how they’re going to show up is half the fun. Penguin is one of those guys that, as soon as you see him, you go, “Oh, that’s the Penguin.” It would be hard to disguise him as somebody else."

And what about Mr J.? He's in: "He’s the crown jewel of the Batman villains. He will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought." Heller says although they'll try to live up to Heath Ledger's iconic portrayal, it will be a "different character". When asked what part the young Bruce Wayne will play over the course of the series, Heller offers high praise indeed for the young actor playing him. "Well, I will say David Mazouz is, without doubt, the best actor ever to play the part of Bruce Wayne," he tells the site, before revealing that Mazouz's talent influenced him in giving Bruce a larger role in the story." 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." Finally Heller confirms that "whether metaphorically or literally", the story will conclude with Bruce Wayne donning the Batman cowl.

There's much more too, so be sure to click the link below to read the full interview.
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yossarian - 5/8/2014, 10:23 AM
Another little kid comedy from Disney.
Doopie - 5/8/2014, 10:25 AM
yoss - lol

i'm willing to give this show a go. there is some good talent attached and with AoS and Arrow already well in, they might be able to avoid some of the pitfalls those shows have faced. here's hoping
Nomis - 5/8/2014, 10:27 AM
i'm diggin' it.

The only problem with it being on FOX, they never give any shows time to gain an audience.

'Sara Connors Chornicle's, 'the Human Targe't, 'Almost Human', all great shows that FOX move around from one night to another and then cancel them after they can't "find an audience".

I wish this was on the CW .
JordanKing - 5/8/2014, 10:28 AM
So they will be taking the Arrow approach and putting storytelling aside for winks and nods to characters from the comics? Got it.
Vegeta - 5/8/2014, 10:29 AM
[frick] this show!

Doopie - 5/8/2014, 10:29 AM
FOX does have a long history of cancelling shows. they got rid of three today i believe
Gusto - 5/8/2014, 10:31 AM
Boom...David Spade.
Gusto - 5/8/2014, 10:31 AM
and calls young David Mazouz "the best actor ever to play the part of Bruce Wayne."

Bruno Heller clearly has some kind
of closed-head injury.
MrFridayNights - 5/8/2014, 10:32 AM
A Gotham tv series without Batman can't work this show will fail
DAGuess - 5/8/2014, 10:33 AM
@Nomis, that's the problem with modern television. TV has stiff competition from other platforms like the internet and Netflix, yet hasn't evolved to recognize and track the changes in viewer preference. So they move the shows around, show re-runs without warning, then wonder why the ratings suck. Ultimately they cancel good shows and we suffer the consequences. I've sworn off Syfy for this BS. I loved Alphas and Being Human and poof...gone.
DAGuess - 5/8/2014, 10:34 AM
@Batmaniac, your standards are questionable given the last few seasons of Dexter...
thebearjew - 5/8/2014, 10:35 AM
thebearjew - 5/8/2014, 10:35 AM
Highflyer - 5/8/2014, 10:35 AM

Don't know how I feel about this whole 'Gotham' show.
Klone - 5/8/2014, 10:36 AM
Among other things...
thebearjew - 5/8/2014, 10:37 AM
DrDoom - 5/8/2014, 10:38 AM
So will Bruce have to face all of his villains before be becomes Batman just like how Clark had to face all of his villains before he came Superman in Smallville?

Say it with me!

JoeMomma29 - 5/8/2014, 10:38 AM
@ Batmaniac

LOL! You put a GIF that says you have standards but the irony is Dexter really went down hill after season 4........
thebearjew - 5/8/2014, 10:38 AM
[frick] THIS CRAP
[frick] THIS CRAP
[frick] THIS CRAP


[frick] THIS CRAP
[frick] THIS CRAP
Klone - 5/8/2014, 10:38 AM
They'll show Joker as a child and he'll become Bruce Wayne's best friend and get into a love triangle with Selina and then he'll curse Bruce and run away after Selina chooses Wayne and when Bruce tries to recognizable at the Ace Chemical Factory, he falls into the tub from suicide. Also, he'll be an emo-goth.

There, try and top that in terms of utter shitiness.
Vegeta - 5/8/2014, 10:38 AM
"It's a show about Jim Gordon."

Then why the [frick] is Batman's entire rogues gallery in the show?

I've got to give it to Smallville. At least the hard the common curtesy of introducing Superman's rogues gallery over the course of 10 seasons. At this rate, these son of a bitches would have introduced every Batman villain by the end of season one, from a young Hush to Professor Pyg.
SKOne - 5/8/2014, 10:39 AM
So essentially at this time in Gotham, Joker would still be the original Red Hood.
Vegeta - 5/8/2014, 10:39 AM

At least Dexter was good. This crap is DOA!
thebearjew - 5/8/2014, 10:39 AM
BATMANIAC becuz they want rattings so theyll throw in kid villians and Gordon will beat them becuz he is a cop
Klone - 5/8/2014, 10:39 AM
To be fair, you really set yourself up to take some shit with that "standards" gif.
ALegendaryPanda - 5/8/2014, 10:39 AM
I think this show is gonna be great. The trailer really got my attention!
shamo - 5/8/2014, 10:40 AM
I'll reserve my judgment untill I see the 1st episode. At the very least it has better actors then Shield & Arrow but the premise? not something I can get excited about... We'll see, who knows might be a masterpiece.
Klone - 5/8/2014, 10:41 AM
Dexter was good post S4?! HA! Remember how they randomly killed off the Ukrainian mobster and didn't mention him once after he was killed and virtually impacted the overall show in like... zero sense? YEAH, GREAT WRITING! Or how about that Travis twist that came out of [frick]ing nowhere?
thebearjew - 5/8/2014, 10:41 AM
honestly feel bad. for those of you excited just like with aos you are going to be immensly dissapointed when this hits the air
ALegendaryPanda - 5/8/2014, 10:41 AM
Season 8 of Dexter was probably the biggest [frick]ing disappointment of 2013
Klone - 5/8/2014, 10:41 AM
TheDarkPassenger - 5/8/2014, 10:42 AM
[frick] you Smallv.....I mean GOTHAM!
ALegendaryPanda - 5/8/2014, 10:42 AM
I mean that season made S6 look like Breaking Bad.
Klone - 5/8/2014, 10:42 AM
The fans put forward storylines for Season 8 that is FAR better than what we got. One fan story brought everything together full circle.
DAGuess - 5/8/2014, 10:42 AM
Wish you could report comments for God awful illegibility.
GliderMan - 5/8/2014, 10:43 AM
[frick] this waste
thebearjew - 5/8/2014, 10:43 AM
[frick] THIS SHOW
Klone - 5/8/2014, 10:43 AM
So Arrow, the films, Gotham, Constantine and who knows what [frick]ing else is all set in separate Universes?
Vegeta - 5/8/2014, 10:44 AM
Preach it bluedude. [frick] this crap!
Highflyer - 5/8/2014, 10:46 AM
I think this show will be good for a little while since it seems ALL if not most of batman villains will be appearing so soon.
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