At a TCA panel today, the producers of the upcoming Fox series Gotham discussed a bit about the tone of the show and how they went about creating their storylines.
The series stars Southland’s Ben McKenzie as a young James Gordon, and McKenzie explained the series as being kind of a “Greek tragedy” in that “The series is about the interesting journey and how the city falls into disrepair and total anarchy.” Gotham’s fate is apparently sealed “in the first act.” Executive producer Bruno Heller further explained that “The notion is that our hero is doomed. Gotham is as much about the hope and struggle that everyday people are engaged in, it’s not about superheroes.”
As far as the storylines, the team went directly to the source, consulting with the Chief Creative Office of DC Comics, Geoff Johns. However, it looks like they’re still going to be taking things their own way a bit, as Heller stated that “We don’t break from the iron truths of the Batman story, however, if there are contradictions in the story, that’s when you know you’ve lived up to a genuine myth.” That doesn’t make a damn bit of sense to me, but I know the comic books are pretty elastic with regards to things like “cannon” so I assume that’s what he’s referring to.
Gotham will premiere September 22nd at 8pm.
h/t to Deadline.