FOX’s ‘Gotham’ will include two familiar faces based on characters appearing in and published by DC Comics. Speaking with IGN in a recent interview, executive producer and showrunner Bruno Heller says that comic book geeks can expect the likes of Harvey Dent and Hugo Strange in the upcoming show.
Heller dishes on about Strange:
“Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we’re going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely,”
He added about the storyline:
“It’s a Season One thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how is one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham that allowed Batman to happen.”
“The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to – you don’t have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage – but if you’re telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, ‘What the f**k? Why don’t you make that place a place people don’t escape from?’ We’re going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that.”
Harvey Dent a.k.a. Two-Face is planned to be a bit older than Bruce Wayne:
“We’re playing Harvey Dent slightly older. He’s more Gordon’s age in this telling,”
“One of the things to avoid in order not to tell a high school story – which would be great, but it”s a different show on a different network at a different time that I would not be a part of. But he will go back to school and villains will be part of that world.”
For those of you not in the know here are descriptions for Harvey Dent and Hugo Strange, courtesy of Comicvine.com:
“Formerly the D.A. of Gotham City, Harvey Dent was an ally of Batman and Commissioner Gordon until he had acid thrown onto the left side of his face by gangster Sal Maroni, scarring him for life. The incident drove Harvey insane and he became Two-Face, obsessed with chance and always carrying a double-headed coin, which he flips to determine his every decision.”
“One of Batman’s earliest villains, preceding even the Joker and Catwoman, Dr. Hugo Strange is a brilliant but disturbed psychologist who forms an obsessive vendetta against Batman. He is also one of the few villains who have successfully deduced that the Batman’s real identity is Bruce Wayne.”
“The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller develops the one-hour prequel drama, focusing on the younger days of Jim Gordon, as he learns the ropes in Gotham City and begins to encounter characters and villains that will become significant in later Batman stories. He executive produces and writes the pilot, while Danny Cannon lends a hand as executive producer and will direct.
The crime drama based on the popular DC comic books will launch Monday, September 22 at 8 P.M. on FOX. Fans of the Caped Crusader should mark their calendars and head to Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday, July 26. DC’s ‘Gotham’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’ and ‘Constantine’ will be promoted in a three-hour presentation. FOX’s “Gotham” will premiere the first episode, followed by Q&A with the cast and crew.
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