Gotham, the new series from Fox that is set to debut this fall, continues to provide fans with bits of information to tantalize potential viewers. The question that is beginning to come to the forefront of many fans’ minds is: how much is too much?
Earlier in the week, Comic Booked told you that Gotham would tease fans throughout the first season as to the identity of one of the most iconic villains of our time. The television trailers have introduced multiple characters that fans would recognize. The internet has consistently given us insight into the early origins of these characters.
Bruno Heller, the show runner for Gotham, continues to give the fans information to chew on. This time, Heller lets fans know that Harvey Dent, the district attorney that eventually haunts Batman as Two-Face, will indeed find his early origins in the series. In addition, fans will see just how Arkham Asylum comes into being, which will also give them a peek at the early involvement of Dr. Hugo Strange.
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The buzz around Poison Ivy and her character’s name, reportedly Ivy Pepper in the show, has caused some fans to question if the show is taking too many liberties with beloved characters. Heller explains that Ivy will experience her origin through losing her parents and eventually being adopted. This could very well lead to the Pamela Isley name that fans are already familiar with.
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Heller has denied the rumor that each episode will feature a character that fans could envision dawning the clown suit and becoming Joker. While he did admit that fans will see multiple candidates likely to fill that role, it will not be a consistent focus of each episode.
Did you get all that? Good. That news all came from a single interview with IGN.
Fans are excited for Gotham. The show looks visually appealing and the characters look complex and engaging. The origin stories of all involved are worth getting excited about. But the show is setting some fairly high standards early on.
At this point, fans can anticipate learning about the origins of Harvey Dent, Poison Ivy, Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Arkham Asylum and the city of Gotham itself. Not to mention the consistent tease of the arrival of Joker and the evolution of the Gotham Police Department as well as the introduction of a few new characters specific to the show. That seems like a lot to cover for a series in season one.
Maybe they don’t intend to cover all of that during the first season. Then the question comes back to the loyalty of Fox to the series. If the series is not drawing ratings and is shut down during or at the end of a season, what lose ends are left untied?
The show looks very interesting and has the interest of a lot of fans. If it should fail, either immediately or in the short-term, it could have a rather large, negative impact on shows that hope to follow suit.
Let’s hope the writers and producers take a slow enough approach not to paint themselves into a corner. The longer the show goes, the better the storytelling can be. If it gets cut short, it may end up looking like a convoluted mess.
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