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GOTHAM Creators Discuss Their Vision of Batman's Backstory

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Gotham is coming, and I'm so freakin' excited to see just exactly what is in store for us. The trailers have been awesome, the reviews for the pilot have been extremely positive, and now I just want to see it for myself!

In a recent interview with IGN, the show’s executive producers, Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, talked about the what they've come up with and go into detail about their version of Batman's history. Heller wrote the pilot episode and is also serving as showrunner, and Cannon directed it. 

Here's what Cannon said about their take on the world and setting:

"It was daunting at first, because you're following three masterpieces. So I settled with the fact that -- what we talked about when we first pitched this was, '20 years before Batman.' A world that's starting to see a corrupt city rotting from the inside. It reminded us of New York in the late '70s and early '80s. That was our first meeting, and we kind of spring-boarded off of that. Luckily, that's uncharted territory. Hopefully in the atmospherics of Gotham we created a romantic, gothic, Dickensian kind of world."

Heller went on to talk about the big cast of characters in the series:

"Yeah, yeah. And there's still a lot of characters, as you know, to be introduced. I mean, a lot of the technical job is, again, it's getting back to why it's such a great world to live in. There are so many stories to tell, so many great characters. If you don't see the character that you love in that episode, you'll see it him in the next one -- because it's a tapestry. We have to tell so many different stories. The fun of it is in finding the storyline you like, but then there's a lot of other stuff going on."

When discussing Bruce Wayne's part of the story, Heller said:

"Well, it's really about telling the true story of how someone might become the Batman. The psychological truth of that is that he'd be a lot more damaged and a lot more traumatized and a lot more strange than some visions of how that character would be. It's a dark character, and it's a character under pressure. So to that degree, as much as I hate to say it, he's not a fun character, as you might imagine. It's not a tale of triumph. It's a tale of redemption."

They were then asked about their influences on creating the show, whether is came from comic books or other places, and this is what Cannon said:

"You know, I read everything, and you reach that point where you have to make it your own. DC were very supportive in that too, because they know when they've done things badly and when they've done things well. So far, what they've done well has just far outweighed, but you have to make these things your own. At some point, you have to plunge in and go, 'All right, hate me or... hate me. [Laughs] I've got to make this my own.'"

Heller added:

"My take on it is it's a bit like Greek mythology. There's a thousand stories. They all contradict themselves to a degree, but that's the beauty of it -- telling stories about characters that are larger than any one story. So that makes it much easier."

It seems like this show came together very nicely, and they've created something that is going to stick around for a long time. I really hope that they get to tell the entire story they set out to tell. 

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