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A young Bruce Wayne to be featured in Fox's Gotham TV show?

Dec. 9, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Gotham, an origin series focusing on detective James Gordon, is gearing up to start production next year and TV Show Auditions is reporting that a 10-year-old Bruce Wayne may be a series regular for the show. Taking place in Gotham City, home of Batman, the series is said to follow the early exploits of Jim Gordon as a homicide detective and his first major case is likely to be the investigation of Thomas and Martha Wayne, the parents of Bruce, who as we all know becomes Batman, the protector of Gotham City.

Here's the lowdown:

"A 10-year-old Bruce Wayne is among the roles that are rumored to now being cast as series regulars on the upcoming Fox TV series "Gotham" which explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. Under development for over a year, the project has now been given a direct-to-series order by the network, which won an intense bidding war for the Warner Bros. Television rights to the show. Shooting on the pilot episode will get underway in March, 2014 and will center on Gotham City PD rookie homicide detective James Gordon who investigates the double murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne."

Bruno Heller, producer of The Mentalist and HBO's Rome, will serve as executive producer, head writer, and showrunner for the series, which seems to be following the DC model of origin TV shows. It worked wonders for Smallville and is tearing it up for Arrow, so it seemed like only a matter of time before THE DARK KNIGHT got in on the action.  Personally, I think this sounds really cool, especially seeing some of Gotham's renowned villains in live action. Gotham could easily be another hit for DC's comic book TV show market. No casting announcements have been made, but expect to hear something soon as the pilot is set to shoot in March 2014.

What do you think? Does this sound like another hit for DC or a potential dud?

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9:41AM on 12/10/2013
Will there be an episode where young Bruce Wayne goes missing and Gordon leads the search that eventually locates him at the bottom of a bat-filled cave? Yup, probably.
Will there be an episode where young Bruce Wayne goes missing and Gordon leads the search that eventually locates him at the bottom of a bat-filled cave? Yup, probably.
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9:19AM on 12/10/2013
It sounds really cool...but I'd like some joint up planning here involving the DC cinematic universe...and the tv shows. By putting Flash in the Arrow...with view to giving him his own show, the likelihood of this not being the Flash that will eventually show up in a possible movie...and will therefore not be related to the DC cinematic universe which in turn kills any chance of Arrow being part of this universe and the rumours of an Amazon tv show...it would seem WB's just does not want to
It sounds really cool...but I'd like some joint up planning here involving the DC cinematic universe...and the tv shows. By putting Flash in the Arrow...with view to giving him his own show, the likelihood of this not being the Flash that will eventually show up in a possible movie...and will therefore not be related to the DC cinematic universe which in turn kills any chance of Arrow being part of this universe and the rumours of an Amazon tv show...it would seem WB's just does not want to partake in some good old joint up planning - tis is why Marvel will continue to wipe the floor with them, no matter how good Arrow is over an extremely bland (at this moment in time) Shield series.
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8:28AM on 12/10/2013
Nice that they'd assign the investigation of the murder of some of Gotham's most prominent citizens to a "rookie" detective. Seems plausible.
If this series ended up with the feel of Se7en but with added comicbook elements, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
Nice that they'd assign the investigation of the murder of some of Gotham's most prominent citizens to a "rookie" detective. Seems plausible.
If this series ended up with the feel of Se7en but with added comicbook elements, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
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10:17PM on 12/09/2013

Please don't put this on the CW

I'm hoping somehow AMC snatches this up but it'll probably be NBC or FOX and they'll make sure it's terrible.
I'm hoping somehow AMC snatches this up but it'll probably be NBC or FOX and they'll make sure it's terrible.
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10:37PM on 12/09/2013
I think Fox won the bidding war for the series.
I think Fox won the bidding war for the series.
8:52PM on 12/09/2013
Please don't suck, please don't suck, please don't suck...

I think there are many ways in which this can stand out from the pack of cop shows. I do hope we get to see the depths of corruption and get the sense that Gordon is practically the only honest cop left, and see him try to win the likes of Crispus Allen, Renee Montoya and Harvey Bullock to work alongside him.
Please don't suck, please don't suck, please don't suck...

I think there are many ways in which this can stand out from the pack of cop shows. I do hope we get to see the depths of corruption and get the sense that Gordon is practically the only honest cop left, and see him try to win the likes of Crispus Allen, Renee Montoya and Harvey Bullock to work alongside him.
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7:25PM on 12/09/2013
I'm curious to know what villains they will use, and how they will be treated. If Gordon can handle the big villains himself, there's no point for Batman to exist.
I'm curious to know what villains they will use, and how they will be treated. If Gordon can handle the big villains himself, there's no point for Batman to exist.
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4:55PM on 12/09/2013

Love it

A show that features the origins of Gordon? I'm totally in! I was skeptic about the show, but if they go the Jim Gordon route I think it will turn out pretty decent. You can not have Gotham with out Gordon, he's such an under rated character and it's nice to see this big leaguer maybe getting the respect he deserves.
A show that features the origins of Gordon? I'm totally in! I was skeptic about the show, but if they go the Jim Gordon route I think it will turn out pretty decent. You can not have Gotham with out Gordon, he's such an under rated character and it's nice to see this big leaguer maybe getting the respect he deserves.
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4:27PM on 12/09/2013
I like the idea of this. Its basically how Gotham PD dealt with the crime in Gotham before batman came. The murder of Bruce's parents is a great starting off point.
I like the idea of this. Its basically how Gotham PD dealt with the crime in Gotham before batman came. The murder of Bruce's parents is a great starting off point.
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4:17PM on 12/09/2013
Love Smallville and Arrow, and will no doubt give this one the benefit of a doubt. Should be interesting to see who they cast as Gordon.
Love Smallville and Arrow, and will no doubt give this one the benefit of a doubt. Should be interesting to see who they cast as Gordon.
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3:19PM on 12/09/2013
Aren't there any other ideas ? Why do we need this show with com Gordon ? Next it's gonna be "Alfred Pennyworth " , "Jimmy Olsen" and "J. Jonah Jameson"
Aren't there any other ideas ? Why do we need this show with com Gordon ? Next it's gonna be "Alfred Pennyworth " , "Jimmy Olsen" and "J. Jonah Jameson"
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2:03PM on 12/09/2013
I find these kind of shows (Smallville) so restrictive and boring because everyone knows the mythology and how things will end up. Also, I think we've had enough cop shows.

It might be fun to see a young Bruce Wayne studying and training. I would have like to have seen more of that in Batman Begins.
I find these kind of shows (Smallville) so restrictive and boring because everyone knows the mythology and how things will end up. Also, I think we've had enough cop shows.

It might be fun to see a young Bruce Wayne studying and training. I would have like to have seen more of that in Batman Begins.
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2:58PM on 12/09/2013
If Smallville and Arrow are any indication, then you have no idea how this will end up. The TV shows are in a universe of their own and aren't all that restricted by the comics.

In the comics Lex was never in a relationship with Lana Lang, Merlyn was never the father of Oliver's best friend, Mxyzptlk wasn't a Russian foreign exchange student, and Count Vertigo wasn't a drug dealer, yet there they were on TV.

In conclusion: You're talking out your ass.
If Smallville and Arrow are any indication, then you have no idea how this will end up. The TV shows are in a universe of their own and aren't all that restricted by the comics.

In the comics Lex was never in a relationship with Lana Lang, Merlyn was never the father of Oliver's best friend, Mxyzptlk wasn't a Russian foreign exchange student, and Count Vertigo wasn't a drug dealer, yet there they were on TV.

In conclusion: You're talking out your ass.
6:04PM on 12/09/2013
kiss it
kiss it
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1:58PM on 12/09/2013

quality and writing aside, this sinks or swims depending on who they cast as Gordon.

It needs to be someone who can play haunted. Gordon was in the special forces. He has killed up close, done things and seen things that change a man in his core. Follow year one and the animated adaptation as a bible, it is all right there. You don't want a pretty boy, you want an actor
It needs to be someone who can play haunted. Gordon was in the special forces. He has killed up close, done things and seen things that change a man in his core. Follow year one and the animated adaptation as a bible, it is all right there. You don't want a pretty boy, you want an actor
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