Gotham EP Draws Batman: Year One Comparison, New Promo Debuts


Having aired on Monday nights for its first three seasons, it’s quite understandable that Fox would want to hammer home the point that Gotham is moving to Thursdays this fall. In fact, the new promo that can be viewed above states it so repeatedly that it’s pretty much impossible to forget by now. Unfortunately, they didn’t include the exact date of the premiere, so we’ll again remind you that it was recently moved up to September 21.

In related news, we learned earlier this week which classic comic book story arcs will have the greatest influence on season 4. As it turns out, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s The Long Halloween will provide generous inspiration for the first half, while Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s Batman: Year One will do so for the second.

To be completely honest, we’re right there with you in wondering how the hell the creative minds behind the series can adapt the Dark Knight’s origin even in the loosest possible sense when this show’s version of Bruce Wayne is only 16, but all we can really do is tune in and hope they don’t jump the shark – and if they do, they’d better have brought their Shark Repellent Bat Spray.

Interestingly enough, executive producer John Stephens wasn’t shy when it came to drawing comparisons between what’s to come on his show and Miller’s past work when speaking at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con:

“He will wear body armor and grappling hooks but he will not be Batman. It’s a little more of a Batman: Year One in a different setting.”

In addition to that, we should expect Bruce to continue behaving beyond his years by developing his playboy persona, something Stephens elaborated on in a roundtable discussion attended by Cinema Blend:

“I’d say visually, when you look at what Bruce is going to be doing this season, it’s gonna look far closer to what our conception of Batman is definitely gonna be. You’re also going to get to see him do very specific things, certain elements like when you watch Bruce Wayne acting like a playboy, we sort of ask the question how did he learn to do that so well. Well maybe there’s a time that he wasn’t pretending to be that and we actually play with a little bit of Bruce having a teenage spiral, where he enjoys the elements of being a billionaire with no parents in Gotham, that he can draw from later on to become the fake playboy.”

I guess kids really do grow up fast – especially in Gotham. Even though this young fella seems to be well ahead of the superhero learning curve, it’s really for the best that the producers don’t make too much of a mad dash to the finish line, something that it looks like they’re going to be guilty of doing. Still, one can’t help but wonder what their take on the Batman costume will look like in the eventual series finale.

Source: Cinema Blend