Fox clearly understands Batman fans simply can’t wait to finally set their eyes on Gotham in one month’s time.
With exactly 30 days until the premiere of their genre turned crime show centered on the life of Commissioner James “Jim” Gordon, the network has released four separate behind the scenes featurettes to, hopefully, hold fans attention until the first episode.
“Gotham is a show very much about the origin stores of some of the greatest super villains of the DC mythology,” creator/showrunner Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) explains in the first video.
It’s precisely the type of content super fans will be eager to watch in order to better understand the side channeling universe they’re about to enter.
The first video focuses solely on the mythology of the DC universe, and more specifically, the villains that inhabit it.
As much as Batman is a fantastic character, a super vigilante (remember readers, he’s technically not a super hero), it’s the anachronistic villains that draw attention back to the series time and time again.
Case in point: Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond.
The second video focuses on the heavily speculated young Bruce Wayne story arc.
Considering the show looks like it’s staying true to its Frank Miller roots, it’s a fair assumption that we can expect to see Year One storytelling elements woven into the show.
Of course, the four part series that has become a staple in the industry focused on Wayne’s evolution into Batman instead of focusing primarily on his childhood, but the murder of Wayne’s parents as the traumatic event that set forward the vigilante persona is discussed pretty heavily at length.
The third video is all about the “vibrant” ambiance of Heller’s Gotham, a stark contrast to the one portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, according to the showrunner.
“We talked about a city out of control, and our fantasy of 1970’s New York,” director/executive producer Danny Cannon said. “The films of Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men) and William Friedkin (The Exoricst): Graffiti everywhere, cops everywhere, corruption everywhere.”
The concept art certainly tells a vastly different story than Nolan’s, but that may be the exact ingredient the universe needs for a television reboot.
Since its announcement, the show has been compared to the Dark Knight trilogy, and as more information has become available over time, it’s abundantly clear Heller and his team have a unique perspective for the beloved detective stories.
The last video, and easily the most interesting one, paints a brief picture of the villains and heroes being introduced to the audience in the first season.
As we already knew, the story will focus on Gordon’s slow rise through the police force and the brutal crimes he encounters at the hands of manic murderers.
“People are starting to lose faith in law and order. Criminals are starting to run the streets. The craziness and the kind of theatrical projection that villains have in the DC world are just starting to show their faces,” Heller said.
From Catwoman to the Penguin, the villain origins are shaping up to be the most interesting part of the show, and like I said earlier, the main reason to return week after week.
I guess we’ll see if the show lives up to the hype in just 30 days.
Gotham premieres on Fox on September 22 at 8 p.m. EST.