Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly On GOTHAM

According to Reilly, Bruce Wayne will be somewhere around the age of 12 on the Gotham tv series. "We’re playing with that with casting now. He’s a young boy, but my guess would be that he’d be somewhere around 12." WB reportedly wants the show to be 22 episodes.

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The show will start with a young Batman-to-be, at the age of 12, but the Fox Chairman doesn't rule out the possibility of a time-skip. Reilly added, "This is all of the classic Batman characters, with a young Bruce Wayne, with Detective Gordon before he’s Commissioner Gordon, with the Penguin, with the Riddler, and with the Joker. All of those characters are going to arc and become who they are. I’ve read the script. It’s really good. It’s going to be this operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality." He also added, "We're not starting in that world where the villains are in costume. You see markers for it that are kind of delicious. You begin to see the evolution of the eccentricities that become those characters, but you really sort of arc there. We don't start out in capes and costumes." Fans will complain that this sounds like Smallville, but the premise for Smallville was always great. The fault resided in the poor execution of all that tremendous potential. Fox has a much better track record with their genre television shows than say, their genre movies, so I remain cautiously optimistic. Personally, I'm hoping we get a time-kip right away and the show parallels Detective Jim Gordon fighting a growing criminal element in Gotham and Bruce traveling the globe, training with various martial arts masters and escape artists. Perhaps the people and criminal element Bruce encounters across the globe have some sort of connection to events back in Gotham? That would certainly be in keeping with the theme of the story in Batman Begins. It's also reported that WB wants the show to be 22 episodes but Fox hasn't decided on an exact number.

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Nivekian - 1/14/2014, 3:55 AM
22 Episodes? On Fox? LOL, it will be cancelled by episode 3 if it's not pulling in 7 million viewers per episode.
TheRealistStarLord - 1/14/2014, 3:56 AM
No connection with DDCU? Pls cancel it and let WB/DC handle the show, Fox...
AGoodHonestMan - 1/14/2014, 3:58 AM
@ Nivekian

Agreed, never trust that shitty network.
invalensname5 - 1/14/2014, 4:02 AM
It should be 12 episodes. Very few shows can sustain quality (and budget) over 22 episodes. 12 episode shows are usually of better quality... though granted there are a number of exceptions.
QuestiontheAnswer - 1/14/2014, 4:03 AM
No they'll give us an entire season to get interested in the show then cancel it lol.
TheBaroness89 - 1/14/2014, 4:09 AM
hahahahahahahahaha
Welcome to Gotham elementary students!
Hi my name is Bruce...
Hi Bruce my name is Selena...
Hey guys my name is Oswald...this is my new friend Harleeen and that crazy cat over there is Eddie Nygma
Luminus - 1/14/2014, 4:10 AM
Ah, yes. The series EVERYONE has been dying to see. Here's a preview photo:



Cancelled in the 1st season. 0.9999999% guarantee. >;)
Tuuralihn - 1/14/2014, 4:10 AM
They're gonna dumbify it and make it a police procedural just set in Gotham. Every 6 ep is gonna have something that resembles someone in Batmans rogue gallery.

Make it better FOX! 10/12 episodes per season. Time skip between each season(so we're not stuck with a shit kid actor). Make the main characters Bruce, Gordon and the guy that kills Bruces parents. And ultimately, make the robber the Joker. Make the series a origin story for all three. Follow Bruce on his way to becoming Batman. Gordon on his way to Commissioner and the robbers way to becoming the Joker. Max 5 seasons. Don't drag it out and make it into Smallville. At all cost avoid "criminal of the week"-type episodes.
sintzu - 1/14/2014, 4:18 AM
22 for the whole show or just the first season ? if they are going to have more then one season wich i hope they do they shouldn't have more then 5
Nubase - 1/14/2014, 4:19 AM
@ Nivekian AND AGoodHonestMan

the show already has a full season order, this was confirmed late last year, they have not finalised a how many episodes they are going to do for a season, it will most prob be 12-15 max, the days of 22 episodes a season are gone
this show could turn out to be the best of the lot cos it will attract a greater audience then a comic book tv show cos of there one genre that works on tv right now, it’s a crime drama and gotham with all its vast characters in the way they look or eventually become they are all gangsters and terrorists and murderers.
JasonBlue - 1/14/2014, 4:24 AM
Gotham needed to be an HBO or Showtime show with 10-12 episodes max and a great arc every season. This way they could show time lapses between each season.
sintzu - 1/14/2014, 4:30 AM
@Nubase


(the days of 22 episodes a season are gone)

arrow's first season was 23 episodes
UltimaRex - 1/14/2014, 4:35 AM
Ummm... How old is the Joker in this? I hope they are not going to try to give the Joker an origin...
sintzu - 1/14/2014, 4:38 AM
@ultimarex

we wown't see him as the joker
invalensname5 - 1/14/2014, 4:38 AM
5th season.... Red Hood gang and the birth of Batman. Basically, Zero Year. That would be awesome.
Kyos - 1/14/2014, 4:39 AM
Hurm. This doesn't excite me at all so far. Only Batman incarnation I'm really looking forward to at the moment is Will Arnett's Lego Batman.
JasonBlue - 1/14/2014, 4:39 AM
This is so strange... and will be another Agents of shield
Tempo - 1/14/2014, 4:41 AM
Bah...
JasonBlue - 1/14/2014, 4:42 AM
TheCaptainIsRight - 1/14/2014, 4:43 AM
I guess if this is an older Batman in real time, we'd also have an older Joker, Riddled and the rest.

I'm looking forward to the show. I like these period piece cop stories. And for the record 22 episode seasons are still the norm.
Facade - 1/14/2014, 4:46 AM
Part of Smallville's problem was that it was 22 eps. long. That's a budget stretch, which translates into an FX shortfall. May be an irrelevant point.
Gibman - 1/14/2014, 4:50 AM
This seems like such a stupid idea
GliderMan - 1/14/2014, 4:50 AM
Why would I want to watch a BATMAN show that's not connected to DCCU? That kinda takes the point of it out.

They're gonna butcher these characters. Just watch.
Nivekian - 1/14/2014, 4:54 AM
It doesn't matter how many episodes they order, Fox has a reputation for being very ADD with it's product, especially genre stuff. I'm surprised Sleepy Hollow lasted, but it found a niche in viewers, and despite that probably won't be around next season. But Gotham? Sorry, everything about this sounds lame, especially given that this show screws up any chance of Olivers & Tommys old orphan friend from Gotham showing up.
Enphlieuwince - 1/14/2014, 4:55 AM
I'll have to catch this and see how they do.
TheDpool - 1/14/2014, 4:58 AM
So who's betting joker will turn out to be Bruce's second cousin
Riddler will have a six month gay affair with Croc
Alfred and Bane have the same mother......

megabatfan - 1/14/2014, 4:58 AM
So I'll have Arrow, The Flash & Constantine. I get to see my heroes do what they do best on-screen. I'll watch a Gotham TV series because?....

What pains me is that Batman is my fav character, and up to now I still can't get a Batman tv series other than the 60s Batman. Superman has been done at least three times on television. Come on WB, I'd rather see a Nightwing TV series than this Gotham PD piss
sintzu - 1/14/2014, 5:03 AM
@megabatfan

we all want an epic batman tv show but unfortunately it's not going to happen so this is as close to that as we will get
zippiesdrainage - 1/14/2014, 5:04 AM
I suspect if this does well, WB will further milk the series by making a Muppet Babies style show where Batman and all of his villains went to the same daycare.
JasonBlue - 1/14/2014, 5:30 AM
They entire premise of having a show based on the GCPD was very interesting especially since the GCPD comic series was always a great read... I've been trying to work out which characters should appear and what cast they would need to pull it off... and I think I've come up with a pretty great one:
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/legendsareborn/news/?a=92896

If they go this route we should get a pretty great show.
SuperCat - 1/14/2014, 5:31 AM
No capes and costumes? That sucks. Still going to give this a chance for a while though.
patrat18 - 1/14/2014, 5:38 AM
Hope this turns out well.
Brainiac13 - 1/14/2014, 5:39 AM
Yeah agree with comments. ...

12/13 eps a season with time skip during seasons.

Luminus - 1/14/2014, 5:46 AM
The last episode will show Bruce Wayne in the Batcave just looking at the suit. The next shot will be of a CGI Batman swinging through Gotham and throwing batarangs at the Joker, except the Joker will be a cloud and get destroyed with 1 hit.
JoeMomma29 - 1/14/2014, 6:06 AM
Sad to say but FOX has the biggest hair trigger when it comes to canceling shows.
Super12 - 1/14/2014, 6:09 AM
Honestly, I don't want to see the jokers origins. I think there's a reason the comics are do ambivalent about his irigubs, they keep them shrouded in mystery for a reason. Yeah we know with some certainty there was a red hood and some chemicals involved. But the greatness of the joker is how insane and unrelatable he is. Humanizing him doesn't help, it hurts his story. Explore other villains backgrounds all you want, but leave the joker out.
nach1wan - 1/14/2014, 6:13 AM
whose idea was it to sell rights to dc properties all over the channels? havent they learned from marvel doing that shit with films?
BlackFlask - 1/14/2014, 6:17 AM
I think this show has some real potential.
The series should end with him at the Circus for the Dlying Grayson's
bigdannymac - 1/14/2014, 6:23 AM
I already posted an article containing this info..
grifdeadpoolteabag - 1/14/2014, 6:29 AM
Both fixing all the back story issues from the Nolan abominations and re-writing the canon at the same time.

Interesting.

This reads like its already a done deal. No one was this optimistic about that ridiculous Wonder Woman pilot.
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