So, Gotham. A talented cast, to say the least. Ben McKenzie as James Gordon? Erin Richards? Jada Pinkett Smith? Even if it is in the vein of Smallville, I have no doubt that the show will be good. But I really hope it isn’t. I really, really hope it’s cancelled.
Well, because it’s not connected, of course.
“This is an origin story for young Bruce Wayne,” Reilly said, promising that all of the classic Batman characters and villains would make an appearance, including: The Penguin, The Riddler, Commissioner Gordon, and The Joker. This is a series about “Gotham on the brink” he said, and “how they all became who they were, what events led up to these characters becoming Catwoman [and so on].” The Chairman described the series as “operatic” and “larger-than-life.”
When Gotham was first announced, many fans were upset. Why have a Batman show without Batman? But I wasn’t upset. Remember this was back when Batman VS. Superman was still in place for July 2015, and the folks up at WB had confirmed it would be a new Batman. I thought this Gotham series could have a little back-story of the Bat without actually having the Bat, to feed us over until BvS hit theaters. It could even lead-in the summer blockbuster, if they did it right.
But then… then Kevin Reilly really pissed me off. To quote my source:
“Reilly followed up by saying that this would be a serialized show that will function on its own, separate from the Warner Brothers DC cinematic universe. “We own all the rights.That’s what we’re licencing,” he said. “They brought us the entire franchise for a very healthy licence fee. We’re not negotiating this piece meal. We have all of the underlying Batman rights for the entire franchise for this series.”
He continued, saying, “That’s what I like about this, it’s not some sort of adjunct companion series. This is the Batman franchise, just backing it up. I think that gives it a real focus as to what the show is about and what stories we’re telling.”
Now, in this day and age, if you have a FILM FRANCHISE, one that is iconic as BATMAN, why would you not connect a TV show on a well-known network to the films? Let’s not talk about Arrow and Flash in this article; they haven’t had the success that Batman has, even Superman hasn’t it. So why not connect them when a large section of the target audience is begging for connectivity?
The answer, many argue, is that it would be limiting. No matter the character, you’d be limited to what that character can do because of what might happen later, in the movies. But, in my personal opinion, this argument is invalid. How could using, say the Red Hood gang, be limiting? An older version of Black Mask (Armadeus Arkham, anyone)? Penguin is old; in this series he could be young. There’s the Falcone’s, there’s Harvey Dent, and they have already casted a few original characters. You pull a del Toro and create a character/story “bible” and share it with Warner Bros.
Another argument is that if it worked for Smallville, it’ll work for Gotham. And this is true; like I said, I have no doubt it’ll be entertaining. But again, that was before the whole cinematic universe thing happened. We literally are living in a era of superhero movies, and it’s downright saddening to me that the show and the movie won’t take place in the same universe.