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The mean streets of “Gotham”

Published: January 14, 2014, 10:52 am, by Bill Radford

Fox has revealed some details on “Gotham,” its in-the-works series on a pre-Batman Gotham City. Entertainment Weekly and others reported remarks by Fox chairman Kevin Reilly from the Television Critics Association press tour panel in Pasadena, Calif. While early reports on “Gotham” indicated a focus on Commissioner Gordon, Reilly outlined a more “Smallville”-type concept, following Bruce Wayne from childhood to the time he becomes Batman. Young versions of other characters – such as Catwoman and The Joker – apparently will be showing up as well.

“Smallville” was able to follow a hero, Clark “Superman” Kent, as he developed his superpowers. Not sure what similar path “Gotham” can follow as far as a young Bruce Wayne, who has no powers. And Christopher Nolan already did a fine job of capturing Bruce Wayne’s early crimefighting days in “Batman Begins.” Still, I’m intrigued. I think it’d be interesting to start with the murder of Bruce’s parents. It would have been a high-profile case – a notable family, a tragically orphaned boy. How did the Gotham PD respond? What were the ripple effects through Gotham society and the Gotham underworld? 

Go here to read the Entertainment Weekly report on “Gotham.”