How will a show set in Gotham City work without the Caped Crusader lurking on the rooftops? One of the series' co-stars explains.
Ever since Fox announced Gotham, fans have been intrigued by its promise to tell the origin stories of Gotham City's most famous cops and supervillains, but although focusing on Gotham's street-level heroes and villains has worked for various DC Comics writers before, many of us have been skeptical about just how well the show will work while Gotham's favorite son -- Bruce Wayne -- is still an adolescent, several years away from donning the cape and cowl.
According to co-star Donal Logue, who plays Detective Harvey Bullock on the still-developing series, the absence of Batman from the show is part of what makes it interesting. For him, Gotham isn't just an origin story for Gotham legends like Commissioner Jim Gordon and the Penguin. It's also a chance to see what exactly created the right conditions for Batman to appear in the first place.
"It's interesting because people will say, 'What good is Gotham? A Gotham without Batman is stupid!,'" Logue told IGN. "What's fascinating about Gotham is like, what happened in the 20 years before Batman was so effed up that it needed a vigilante to come and save it -- and those moral decisions have repercussions. Like, Gordon does stuff that seems to come from a good place, but you can do something and -- this kind of goes back to the statecraft argument -- say, in Vikings time, if I want to kill my enemy, I have to kill his kids. If I don't kill sons, they're coming after me and mine for the rest of our lives. So you've got to pull the root out. That's something that Gordon struggles with, being that brutal. Then later, if some bad s**t goes down, you can say, 'Well, that was your bighearted moment.' It's kind of mock politics, so it'll be interesting to see. I'm super fascinated to see where a lot of these things go. The question is, how did we get there? How did we get to the point where we had to have a Batman?"
So, according to Logue, the series is stage-setting not just in terms of preparing for the arrival of Batman, but in terms of exploring the moral choices everyone has to make as the environment of Gotham City shifts. That sounds fascinating, and it's certainly the kind of thing DC Comics fans might be willing to sink their teeth into. As for whether those ideas will be delivered in a way that will keep us coming back week after week ... well, we'll just have to wait and see.