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Following the announcement that Fox has officially ordered Gotham to series, I thought it was a good time to share some of the stuff I've come across.
And probably the best place to start is with the extended trailer:



The extended trailer has a couple of interesting additions to the original teaser that may not have been pointed out, but Poison Ivy and The Riddler have been added.


And I'll follow it up with this full cast promo poster:




Which has a tiny Easter Egg already - there's a graffiti penguin above Cobblepot in the poster.

In case you're wondering what Gotham is really going to be about, here is part of a newly released official synopsis:

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’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 world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker. GOTHAM 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 (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’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.


I haven't included the whole thing, because for some reason it is a bit too in depth - there is a lot of character detail.
But if you want to read the whole thing, just click HERE
(via Comingsoon.net)


* More worrying for me, is some of the details that io9 posted about a 2nd draft script for the pilot that they got their hands on.
By their description, there will be a lot crammed into the pilot - lots of characters, lots of nods to their comic book traits/backgrounds, as well as putting a plot together.
The script draft is dated Jan. 31, 2014, so hopefully it wasn't the last one, because if the characters and dialogue are weak, Gotham may finds itself struggling the way S.H.I.E.L.D. has for most of its first season.
You can check out the full article HERE, but I have to warn you, there are spoilers for the pilot (via io9)


* Danny Cannon will be directing the pilot (via Deadline)

* The pilot will include Oswald Cobblepot - The Penguin (via Gothamsite)

* Here are the official cast photos:



Ben McKenzie as James Gordon



Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock



Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth



Robin Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot



Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle


For some reason there are no character posters for Captain Essen, Edward Nygma, Fish Mooney or Barbara Kean, but there are some character descriptions for them:

Captain Essen(Zabryna Guevara ): Gordon’s boss at the GCPD Homicide Squad, Captain Essen balances the two worlds of police and politics with a Machiavellian skill that’s as much corporate litigator as cop.

Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith): a brilliant but socially awkward forensic scientist who’s eccentric and outgoing and desperate to be liked.

Barbara Kean(Erin Richards ): A sophisticated emergency room doctor, Barbara is the fiancée of James Gordon, joyful but with an edge of vulnerability. She stands by her future husband, which can be difficult in a world as corrupt as Gotham.

Fish Mooney(Jada Pinkett Smith ): an imposing, hotheaded and notoriously sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner with street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book who is not one to be crossed.

Oh and no official photo for BRUCE F*CKING WAYNE!!!
(SPOILER ALERT: He's Batman!!!!)
Young Bruce Wayne is played by David Mazouz and his character is described as:son of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Dark haired, handsome, soulful, wise, strong willed. A kid with tragic gravitas…SERIES REGULAR


* Here are some on set photos:










* Ben McKenzie already has a connection to the Batman universe - he voiced a young Bruce Wayne in the animated version of Batman: Year One.
Here is an old interview he did to promote it:




* Traditionally, James Gordon has a mustache. So for all the purists out there:




* And finally showrunner Bruno Heller did an interview with Entertainment weekly, where he goes into details about the visual style they hope the show will have, character details, and generally what to expect from the show.
Which is fine.
And then he dropped a bomb about the possibility of The Joker being in the show.


You mentioned The Killing Joke. So you’ll bring in The Joker?
He’s the crown jewel of the Batman villains. He will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought.
Some feel Heath Ledger’s performance was so iconic it would be a mistake to try to do that character again so soon.
I’ve written scenes for Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. So while that is a serious and valid note, you can’t get into doing this without going there. That was a wonderful performance and — apart from everything else — wonderful make-up. And we should try to live up to that. It will be a different character. It’s certainly going to be more Heath Ledger than Cesar Romero. But like I say, all of these people are real people with feelings and emotions and history and parents. I just build from that.
(via EW.com)

After reading that, there was a huge smile on my face.

Because the Joker is f*cking awesome!
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I wish there were a few more major female characters, but apart from that, this is looking pretty damn awesome. Donal Logue, Robin Taylor and Ben McKenzie (miss you Southland!) seem to be perfectly cast.
Great job rounding all this up.
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Thanks.
Judging by some of the character description, Captain Essen may be an interesting character and it will be interesting to see Jada Pinkett-Smith's sadistic side
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I just found one more. Here's the "first look featurette":


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Good find!
Its good to see they kept Bullocks sense of humor
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This show is doomed
Just like Shield the all initial concept of the show is wrong
Gotham should be about young Bruce Wayne not commissioner Gordon
just like Smallville was about young Clark Kent
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actually smallville and S.H.I.E.L.D were big hits because they are syfy adventure shows .but a detective show about a child bat man wont last long. see what happened to the ironside.
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My only gripe with this show is i want to se Batman at SOME point... I mean really... do the smallville approach where it might take 5+ seasons but itll happen eventually. Ill be ok with tat however, with as young as the kid playing bruce wayne is, it would have to be on the air for 10 years before that even starts to happen lol.

Also if uit does happen lets se HOW batman becomes batman, his training and everything... I wanna see a 15-16 y/o learning to kick butt lol. I dont want him to go away at the end of a season finale then show back up the following season as Batman. But yeah I dont want this to be a show about we ALL knowing who this characters WILL becomes ut we never see them become those characters.

If they DO becomes penguin, riddler, joker and catwoman at sone poin tthen I cant see Gordon taking them so wed NEED batman.. I mean if Gordon was enough to get the job done then batman woulda never been needed to begin with.. yet he exists right?
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It would seem that its more likely that they are going to highlight the rise of corruption in the city - establishing crime families etc - which is generally the first thing Batman has an impact on when he returns from training.
So unless they skip a few years, it doesn't seem likely that Batman will appear
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Boooooo!!
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No need to boo, I'm not in charge of linear storytelling arcs on Gotham - they might just say "Screw it! Lets turn the kid into Batman now!", but it seems unlikely
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if they did that then how would the series end? "ok all the bad guys have been established and became who the were meant to be... you know the rest of the story" THE END. Thats not a statisfying ending at all
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i'm pretty sure this is gonna cancel . when its come to the Gotham city people expecting batman and cat woman. who cares abut a detective show in the Gotham city.
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I'm more interested in Gotham right now than I was in S.H.I.E.L.D. at a similar stage before it aired.
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Thanks GC. But, I'm still not sure if I will watct. Might give it the four episode test.
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I'll definetely be watching
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I'm so excited...
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Are you as excited as this?:


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Hahahahahahahahahahaha.......! Yes. Are you?
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I was like this:



But took it down a couple of levels to this:



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Love it! Not sure I would call that taking it down.... ;)
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A show about young Batman could've been developed by the CW. I think we dodged a bullet there.
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or something like this -

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Hell yeah, The Joker. Just don't put Mr. Freeze and Miss Vines on it. Those characters are not in line with the whole grounded persona of the show.
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I'm pumped
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Can they even hint at Ras al Ghul since he has been mentioned by name on the CW's Arrow?
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They said there will be no crossover with Arrow - but this does not rule it out.

I don't think they will though - The CW gets permission from DC comics on which characters they can use.
The CW is partly owned by Warner Bros. and CBS.
DC comics is a company of Warner Bros.
And I don't think Warner Bros. would help a rival, (Fox), of its business partner (CBS)
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