At least, that’s what this cryptic quote from Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston seems to imply. The good man (one of the most venerable icons of fandom) claims to have spoken with a super secret WB insider, who leaked…
“the pilot script for GOTHAM has Detective Jim Gordon trying to solve a very famous double homicide.”
Sounds like the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents to me. As far as superhero based TV series go, listeners to UTF’s official podcast should know, I kinda really fucking hate them (talking live action here folks, not animated). Not to say that there aren’t a handful of quality small screen productions floating in the aether of Tinseltown, but they almost ALWAYS suck compared to their big screen siblings. Not only that, but these television series cheapen the lush cinematic universe established by their movie iterations. How about the short lived live-action Gotham series Birds of Prey? Sure, it was a fun tv series for the time, especially since a Batman feature film was nowhere to be seen, but the show suffered from every contrived trope in history. Compared to Nolan’s reboot, which arrived only a few years later, Birds of Prey was pigeon poop.
And don’t even get me started on Agents of SHIELD. This series is ACTUAL canon for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it absolutely sucks! In typical Whedon fashion (sorry Joss and Jed, I love the both of you, but these are some legitimate complaints), they undermine their characters’ intellects for a handful of cheap (and pretty pedestrian) jokes. Not only that, SHIELD is meant to be one of the scariest, shit-my-pants in terror, just-kill-me-and-get-it-over-with organizations in the world… and they look like a bunch of A-Team miscasts gallivanting on some of the cheapest sets in Sci-Fi history.
As a Marvel fanboy, I prefer DC’s television shows. Arrow is amazing, considering its budget and lack of marquis power, and Smallville was, for a few seasons, great stuff. If they film Gotham PD in a similarly impressive way, then I’m on board. Warner Bros. has 60 years of cop shows to draw on for reference, so let’s hope they veer towards Law & Order dreariness instead of the upbeat Burn Notice style.
SOURCE: BLEEDING COOL