Gotham World Premiere Comic-Con 2014 | The Hollywood Redux Podcast | Episode 117
Celebrate with the crew of The Writers’ Room as they celebrate their 1 year anniversary and discuss their 2014 Comic-Con trip, and the world premiere of Gotham in Hall H.
About Gotham on FOX
Gotham is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on characters published by DC Comics and appearing in the Batman franchise, primarily those of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. The series stars Ben McKenzie as the young Gordon, while Heller executive-produces, along with Danny Cannon, who also directed the pilot.
Originally the series would have related only Gordon’s early days on the Gotham City Police Department, but the series subsequently included the Wayne character and the origin stories of several Batman villains, including Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Joker, Mr. Freeze, and Hugo Strange.
Gotham premiered on Fox on September 22, 2014. In March 2016, the series was renewed for a third season which premiered on September 19, 2016.
In the first season, a new recruit in the Gotham City Police Department named James Gordon is paired with veteran detective Harvey Bullock to solve one of Gotham City’s highest-profile cases: the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne. During his investigation, Gordon meets the Waynes’ son Bruce who is now in the care of his butler Alfred Pennyworth. Meeting the younger Wayne further compels Gordon to catch the mysterious killer. Other characters encountered early on include low-level gang member Oswald Cobblepot, forensics worker Edward Nygma, street orphans Selina Kyle and Pamela “Ivy” Pepper, assistant district attorney Harvey Dent, and medical doctor Leslie Thompkins. Gordon becomes involved with Gotham’s crime families and associates including gangster Fish Mooney and crime lords Carmine Falcone and Salvatore Maroni. Eventually, Gordon forms an unlikely friendship with Bruce, one that will help shape the boy’s future in becoming Batman.
In the second season taking place one month later, Gordon deals with a series of events that are being secretly orchestrated by Theo Galavan and his sister Tabitha as part of an elaborate plan to take over Gotham as the new Mayor of Gotham City, which involved Mayor Aubrey James’ abduction and exacting revenge against the Wayne Family with help from the Order of St. Dumas. After Galavan is subsequently murdered in his run for mayor, the Gotham City Police Department deals with the actions of Victor Fries. At the same time, the enigmatic Hugo Strange and his assistant Ethel Peabody conduct a series of bizarre experiments underneath Arkham Asylum in the underground Indian Hill facility that is secretly owned by Wayne Enterprises and overseen by the Court.
In the third season taking place six months later, Gordon has become a bounty hunter as he works to track down Indian Hill experiments that escaped six months earlier as well as a revived Fish Mooney who has recruited some of the Indian Hill experiments to form another version of her gang. While planning to get Leslie Thompkins back, he also encounters Carmine Falcone’s son Mario Calvi. Gordon also has to tangle with hypnotist Jervis Tetch who arrives in Gotham City to look for his lost sister Alice Tetch. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot runs against Aubrey James for Mayor of Gotham City after some elected Gotham City officials ran it following Theo Galavan’s death. Cobblepot wins in a landslide. While Jim rejoins the GCPD, the city plunges into a state of corruption: Alice Tetch’s poisonous blood drives many crazy, including Captain Nathaniel Barnes and Mario Calvi. The deceased Jerome Valeska’s followers led by Dwight Pollard revive him back to life and later attempts to continue his previous vendetta against the city and Bruce until he is defeated by Bruce and Gordon.