THE ‘GOTHAM’ PILOT CAN’T DECIDE WHAT IT IS, AND WHAT IT IS IS NOT VERY GOOD [REVIEW]
By Chris Sims
If you’re the kind of person who looks at Batman’s origin and thinks, “Hey, I wish this was more convoluted and made even less sense than it already does,” then I have some good news for you. Gotham, the upcoming DC Entertainment television show on Fox that focuses on Jim Gordon as a young detective with the GCPD and definitely isn’t a Batman show despite having Bruce Wayne, Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler in the first episode, made its debut last weekend at Comic-Con International when the pilot was screened for an audience of fans.
The short version is that it’s not very good. The longer version is that while it tries to do a lot of interesting and engaging things with its roster of characters, the end result is a show that’s not really sure whether it wants to be a stylish, gimmicky procedural about quirky characters in a city of comic book villainy, or a by-the-numbers TV cop drama. The end result is — barring major improvements — a project that doesn’t do enough with either to be worth watching.
COLTON HAYNES DONS ARSENAL’S RED FAUX-LEATHERS FOR ‘ARROW’ SEASON 3
When Colton Haynes joined The CW’s Arrow in season two as Roy Harper, it was only a matter of time before he got gussied up in his best red Arrow cosplay as Arsenal — given that, you know, that’s who Roy Harper is in the comics. I mean, he could have been Speedy or, oh, Red Arrow, I guess, but since Speedy is a daft name and they don’t even want to call the main guy in the show Green Arrow, they kind of have to go with Arsenal, though that’s a rotten codename too. But I digress.
Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first official look at Colton Haynes in his dark red Robin Hood suit. Doesn’t he look brooding and moody and serious? And isn’t that an awful lot of lacing?
GEOFF JOHNS SAYS DC ENTERTAINMENT’S TV AND MOVIE UNIVERSES ARE SEPARATE
If you were hoping to see Arrow‘s Stephen Amell make an appearance as the emerald archer in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or in the upcoming Justice League movie, DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has some bad news for you.
“We will not be integrating the film and television universes,” he said at the Television Critics Association press tour for The Flash. Seems pretty cut and dried.
SUSAN HEYWARD CAST AS DEENA PILGRIM IN SONY’S ‘POWERS’ TV ADAPTATION
The cast for the Powers TV series from Sony Pictures TV is starting to take shape with the announcement that Susan Heyward will take the female lead role of detective Deena Pilgrim. The other lead role of Christian Walker has yet to be announced.
The series is being produced for distribution via Sony Playstation consoles, and is based on the Icon comic series of the same name by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. Powers tells the story of two detectives assigned to investigate superpower-related crimes.
‘GOTHAM’ EXEC PRODUCERS SAY SHOW WILL REVEAL ‘PSYCHOLOGICAL TRUTH’ OF BATMAN
However, executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, who wrote and directed the pilot respectively, were more than happy to tell IGN that the Gotham City of the series will eventually forge Batman from the pre-teen Bruce Wayne, who is a regular character on the show. (The secret is that he’ll be dark and damaged. A bold new vision!) They also discussed how they established the look and feel of the city, and a lot more about their goals.
‘ARROW’ PRODUCERS ARE NEW WRITERS ON ‘GREEN ARROW,’ SO GET READY FOR OLLIE TO BE A JERK
DC Comics announced Thursday that Green Arrow will have a new creative team starting with October’s issue #35, and TV fans who like to scroll through the credits might recognize the writers’ names. Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, producers on The CW’s hit series Arrow, will take over writing duties while Daniel Sampere (Batgirl) will handle art.
In an interview with the LA Times’ Hero Complex, Sokolowski said, ““We really want to bring the old-school Oliver Queen voice back to the character. In other words, the opinionated, liberal Robin Hood-esque hero that has fallen through the cracks a bit, both in the comics and TV models.”
NEW ‘GOTHAM’ CHARACTER PORTRAITS INCLUDE POISON IVY AND HER COMPLETELY DIFFERENT NAME
Viewers have had plenty of opportunities to see the lead characters of Fox’s new not-Batman-we’re-serious series Gotham staring ahead and looking solemn, but they haven’t seen everyone just yet.
Entertainment Weekly has published eight new character portaits, and though they include some familiar faces — Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Mooney, and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, to name a few –the feature also comes with some new ones. Not only are viewers getting their first really good look at Edward Nygma, a.k.a. the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), they’re also seeing the show’s version of Poison Ivy, played by Clare Foley. You’ll notice she’s not Pamely Isley anymore.
MEET EVERY CHARACTER ROSARIO DAWSON IS DEFINITELY PLAYING IN ‘DAREDEVIL’
As we reported on ComicsAlliance last week, Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of the Netflix Daredevil TV show in a guest role — but Marvel won’t say who she’s playing. Bleeding Cool guessed Elektra. Our own Matt D. Wilson suggested Milla Donovan. Multiversity Comics put their money on Maya Lopez. Speculation is rife, and nobody really knows anything.
The only clues we have to go on are Dawson herself — a New Yorker in her mid-30s with Afro-Caribbean roots — and a brief description of her role; “a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”
It seems a little odd that Marvel wouldn’t say who Dawson is playing. It may be that the role gives too much away about the story, or that there’s a bigger announcement planned, or it may just be that Marvel and Netflix enjoy the attention they get when sites like ours run articles like this. So let’s give them what they want! Who could Rosario Dawson play?
He’s spent most of his career protecting California — first as an angsty teen on The O.C. and more recently as a cop on South LAnd, but it seems Benjamin McKenzie‘s next stop is Gotham as a young James “Jim” Gordon. This isn’t McKenzie’s first rodeo either, as he voiced a young Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Animation’s 2011 Batman Year One animated feature, which adapted the comic of the same name by writer Frank Miller, artist David Mazzucchelli, colorist Richmond Lewis and letterer Todd Klein.