During the Edinburg, Scotland TV festival, Gotham TV showrunner, Bruno Heller, stated that he thinks superhero-themed shows don’t work well on TV. The executive producer continued to comment to the festival audience that the hit Fox show Gotham relies on telling a human story that just happens to have a superhero themed background.
Heller stated that he thinks the costume aspect of the superhero show is what gives a silly or unrealistic feel to the storyline. He did however, state that TV focuses on real people and faces, instead of the supernatural and magical things. Heller commented that he thinks the show does well because the plot focuses on the main character James Gordon instead of all the other costumed characters.
Bruno Heller, who is known for his work on CBS show The Mentalist and HBO’s Rome, says that his work on the DC comic inspired show has really pushed his creative mind to depict a cop like a procedural show with a mystic flare. He commented that it is a tricky situation to rely on the superhero aspect of the show, while also trying to depict a realistic group of characters who live in a real and also unreal/supernatural world.
The third season of Gotham is gossiped to reveal an adult Poison Ivy character and The Mad Hatter as the shows next upcoming villains. With the continued emergence of new villains, Heller says, the world of Gotham is becoming an area where legendary superhero Batman is needed more than ever.
For the main character Jim Gordon, the executive producer commented, he will be a bounty hunter that is focused on finding the monsters that escaped during season two’s finale. He says that this new season, the show will continue to explore Gordon’s psychological collapse and how he is going to struggle to win back his love interest Leslie.
During his final comments, Heller says that because he wanted the show to focus away from the comic book plotlines, he is able to expand the show for fans outside the comic book franchise to fall in love with Gotham’s characters. Expanding the Batman myth is Heller’s main concern he stated as his speech concluded about the future of Gotham and its legacy.