With production for the TV seriesÂ Gotham slowly ramping up, Fox has released a couple of goodies for fans to mull over. The series, which will be an offshoot of DC’sÂ Batman Universe, now has a logo and an official plot synopsis. While, obviously, linked to that universe, it’s been unclear exactly how many connections we should expect in Gotham. The synopsis below reveals that there will be quite a few links- including several of The Dark Knight’s greatest rogues.
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Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime worldâ€™s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordonâ€™s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the worldâ€™s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them â€“ the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
â€œGothamâ€ is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (â€œThe Mentalist,â€ â€œRomeâ€), â€œGothamâ€ follows one copâ€™s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham Cityâ€™s surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, â€œSouthland,â€ â€œThe O.C.â€) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancÃ©e, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards,Â Open Grave, â€œBreaking Inâ€), Gordon is living his dream â€“ even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, â€œSons of Anarchy,â€ â€œTerriers,â€ â€œVikings,â€ â€œCopperâ€), as the two stumble upon the cityâ€™s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynesâ€™ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, â€œTouchâ€), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boyâ€™s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gothamâ€™s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith,Â The MatrixÂ films, â€œHawthoRNe,â€Â Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fictionâ€™s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, â€œThe Walking Dead,â€Â Another Earth).
Although thecrime drama will follow Gordonâ€™s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, â€œBurn Noticeâ€), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, â€œCamelot,â€ â€œElementaryâ€). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader heâ€™s destined to be.
Notable in the logo is thatÂ Gotham will apparently embrace the darker, almost gothic aesthetic that’s been used in the comics to depict the city for so long. Unlike in the latter two Christopher Nolan films, where the city lost much of its character and looked like any other generic American city, the series seems to want to stick to the source material- if the logo is any indication.
You’ve also got to like the bit of fan service included in the image, with that trademark searchlight shooting off into the sky- calling to mind how Gordon will eventually use that to signal for Batman.
What do you think of Fox’sÂ Gotham so far?