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You Like Batman With His Toys And His Sweet Fight Moves? Well How About A Show Where He's A Little Kid?

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | January 14, 2014 | Comments ()


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I’m actually quite excited for the upcoming series Gotham which focuses on Detective “Don’t Call Him Commissioner” Gordon and his merry band of beat cops as the struggle to maintain law and order in Gotham. The show, which is based on a great series of comics called “Gotham Central.” It was a originally reported that Batman wouldn’t appear in the series, but guess what. He will! As a little f*cking kid. Here’s the scoop on Bruce via FOX chairman Kevin Reilly, “we’re playing with [age] in casting,” he’ll be a “young boy; my guess would be somewhere around 12.” The series will end, they say, when Bruce puts on his cape.

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I’m actually of the opinion that we don’t need Bruce at all in the series and that the promise of The Joker, Two-Face, Mad Hatter and The Penguin, etc. is enough. But this whole nonsense of young Bruce calls to mind my favorite Patton Oswalt routine about the Star Wars prequels. Basically FOX just promised us a big old bag of rock salt. No thank you.

Either way, I’m still lobbying for Michael Raymond-James to play Jim. Handsomely mustachioed or GTFO.

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(via HitFix)




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  • Temmere

    This is so damn misguided. The entire concept of the Batman mythos is that Gotham was too much for the cops to handle until he came along. If they show Gordon actually able to stem the tide of crime, then Batman really isn't necessary. And if that includes Gordon taking down the Joker and Two-Face and so on, then Batman really, REALLY isn't necessary.

  • ed newman

    Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. has ruined the "let's check in on the non-powered folks in a super-powered world" concept for me. I think. Who am I kidding? I will check in on this. But I won't get excited about it.

  • Slytherin Sister

    Like any concept, it can make for a really good show if done right. Plus Gotham City is a much better setting than a plane and setting can help a lot.
    Also this show will probably have more freedom than AoS since it doesn't have to fit into a major movie franchise.

    And, I've always liked the character of Bruce Wayne so I have no problem with young Bruce Wayne being a part of the show.

  • bleujayone

    Why not just have a show about Gotham City PD? Have Jim Gordon and the many faces of Gotham's finest facing down the worst of the worst with no super-powers, no gadgets, no million dollar armored cars and with the exception of a few rumors and quick glimpses in the shadows- no help from Batman either? Every once in a blue moon an errant Batarang or well placed smoke pellet might come out in the nick of time but otherwise It's just a group of cops versus the Gallery of Rogues.

    Or they could just bite the bullet and finally do a "Powers" adaptation.

  • stryker1121

    You couldn't have Bats in the shadows without fans whining, "But I want to see Batman!"

  • logan

    According to the Powers comic they are still working on a pilot...

  • bleujayone

    What's to work on? Not only has the comic long been written, they even published it in a screenplay format years ago. Roll 'em already!

  • logan

    they shot a few pilots but none of them got past the suits so...

  • Heh. First thing I thought of when I saw the title was, "They're going to squat a Lucas on Batman??!??" Excellent Oswalt reference.

  • Legally Insignificant

    Here's an idea for a "new and exciting" Batman property, a live action version of Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader. I'd watch the crap out of that. This "prequel" doesn't sound so great.

  • Considering I tend to hate shows with kids in them (unless they are Arya Stark level badasses) this does not fill me with hope.

  • Hmmm....come to think of it, how many male children are actually lauded for being good actors? I mean, you can name the super talented female ones all day (the GoT ladies, the Fannings, Abigail Breslin), but not too many males are considered the same. Pretty much the most well known one nowadays is Jack Gleason, and he's mainly known for portraying the hugest asshole of any age.

    Ironically enough, he would also be one of the few actors I might actually watch as a young Bruce Wayne, really.

  • Adam Borden

    Relevant:

  • Tatertot

    Holy Crap, Batman!

  • Tatertot

    A show about Bruce Wayne as a mopey pre-teen is about as interesting as a movie about Darth Vader as a kid.

  • webelos8

    That would be absolutely awful.

  • Aaron Schulz

    yeah i would kind of hope hed be in like one episode. like the premier they can investigate the shooting at the theater and interview him as kind of a nod but not make the show about him at all.

  • Adam Borden

    It seems like these types of shows are just trolling comic-geeks. "We're going to do a television show about that thing you love, but remove everything that makes it cool." This is like doing a show about Spider-Man before he got his powers... Basically Freaks and Geeks with one character name Peter .... Wait, I may be coming around to this concept.

  • There was an old TV idea for a "Young Bruce Wayne travels the Earth" series, where it'd be Bruce as a teenager/young man going around and picking up the skills he'd need to become Batman. It'd be him and Alfred going round and he'd be getting martial arts skills, lockpicking skills, acrobatics skills, etc.

    It eventually died due to costs concerns and instead it became the young Clark Kent show we know as Smallville. But I still think that's a good idea for a show.

  • Tatertot

    That could be interesting, but so much would depend on casting. I don't find teenagers inherently interesting to watch and there have been so many bad teen actors on TV that they'd need an actor charismatic enough and talented enough to make me care about Bruce Wayne's learning curve.

    Otherwise it could end up being "Kung Fu" for a new generation.

  • JFD108

    I love that routine. My sons and I were watching the Golden Globes and when Jon Voit won, they both yelled "Jon Voit's sweaty ballsack!"

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