Friday, September 27, 2013

DC Comics pushing TV shows: "Gotham" showcasing a young Jim Gordon is in the works

TV Shows starring DC Comics characters are all the rage these days.  You'd have to credit Smallville for this trend.  The show featuring a young Clark Kent, aired for 10 seasons, and garnered a faithful following.  Last year, Arrow debuted featured DC's Green Arrow character.  Now it's been announced that Grant Gustin will star in a show about The Flash, set in the same TV universe as Arrow.  There's more...

NBC is developing a Constantine TV show now, based on the comic book Hellblazer.  Some of you will remember the 2005 film by the same name, starring Keanu Reeves.  Constantine, the film, did well, but not well enough to warranty a sequel/franchise.  Comic book film guru, David S. Goyer, is helping to develop the project for NBC.  It's in its early stages at this point, but sounds like an interesting idea.  If they can figure out how to blend TV drama with the supernatural aspects of the comic book and movie, it could be interesting.  But I worry that the entire show will have to be carried by one lead actor.  I'm sure Goyer and company will flush out supporting characters, but we'll have to wait and see.

Lastly, this one is the one I'm most interested in... Gotham on the Fox network.  The show is about the young Jim Gordon, working his way up the ranks of the Gotham PD.  The Christopher Nolan trilogy of films did an amazing job of showing us a little bit more about the character than we had seen in past incarnations.  Gary Oldman portrayed the character so well, he was a spitting image of his comic book counterpart.  And I think there is a lot of interest into who this character is, and what makes him tick.  Not many details were released, but there are a few interesting things revealed.  The show will not have Batman in it.  Perhaps the superhero will be referenced, but will not actually appear.  Also, Batman villains will be a part of the show.  Can't wait to see a young Scarecrow, or the Riddler before they become the super villains we know and love to hate.  Once casting rumors start to heat up, I'll post an update.  Any thoughts?

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