In one of the juiciest tidbits of information dropped at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour this week, at least for comic fans, was that the anticipated FOX series ‘Gotham’ will not only follow a young Bruce Wayne, but will also include some notable villains.
The news came from FOX President Kevin Reilly, who, though I wasn’t there, am assuming had a bit of a grin on his face as he announced: “This is all of the classic Batman characters, with a young Bruce Wayne, the Penguin, the Riddler [and] how they came to be…. What events led up to [someone] becoming Catwoman…. all with Gotham teetering on the edge.”
The series, which is in the early developmental stage and still has yet to hire writers (expected in February), will be executive-produced by Bruno Heller, whose previous notable credits include ‘The Mentalist.’
What’s more, while previously the show was thought to focus on Jim Gordon – his origins and rise to Commissioner – there looks to be a healthy dose of a young Batman, among many others.
Reilly also stressed that anything is possible, as FOX paid a pretty penny to secure everything under the sun concerning the Batman franchise and legacy. Those rights include The Riddler, The Joker, Scarecrow, Two-Face, Penguin, and plenty of other greats. Exact ages have yet to be determined, and Reilly left things vague, noting the Wayne could be anywhere from 12 right up until he becomes the caped crusader.
Still, he noted, “It’s going to be this operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality.”