Gotham has found a way to combat all the “Batman Babies” and “Gotham High” jokes it’s inspired since the first announcement of its existence. No, not by aging the characters up. By aging them down. They turned Batman into Batboy (who, to be fair, has turned out to be one of the very best parts of the entire show, right after Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin), so it only makes sense that they would turn the Boy Wonder into the Wonderful Fetus. Yes, we’re getting a “prenatal” Robin.
Now before you start trying to overanalyze what exactly that would entail, showrunner Bruno Heller swears “there are no MRIs involved,” and it’s more an origin story for Robin’s parents. That can only mean one thing, right? Carnies.
While we’re on the subject, Heller also addressed the most common complaint against the show: that they need to cool it with all the super-villains already. The novelty of the pre-villain wore off about halfway through the first episode, and now it just feels like a lot of winking and nodding at the audience. But Heller swears they’ve calmed down.
You can’t just keep pumping these characters into the show in a comic book sort of way, because you get the Super Friends effect—which isn’t a bad effect, but then you have spaceships and need to go underwater and get wacky villains and the rest of it. You have to work as a character piece first. First it has to be real.Agreed. So how do you make it real?
We front-loaded [the show with iconic characters], which we had to do, both for story purposes and marketing purposes. We had to let people know it’s not just a hum-drum police procedural, it’s about these larger than life characters. If you do that you can’t just say, ‘Here’s one larger-than-life character, now wait for next season.’ Once we introduced those initial characters—Penguin, Riddler, Ivy, Selina—then we’ve slowed down with those aspects and we’re bringing in those iconic D.C characters in a much more measured way, which was always the intention. You have to have that amount of spice in the show to make it pop and different. Once the wheels are turning, it’s much easier to bring those characters in in subtle, organic ways. That’s the plan, anyway.Good plan. Can’t wait to see it in action.