Gotham EP Says TV Is About Real People, Not Superheroes

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During a talk at the Edinburgh Television Festival, "Gotham" showrunner Bruno Heller revealed the thought he puts into crafting Fox's Batman prequel drama. Heller, whose previous shows include "The Mentalist" and "Rome," revealed that he views "Gotham" as more than just a show set in a superhero universe.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Heller says he chose to focus the series on the all too human detective James Gordon rather than Batman. The "psychological collapse of Gordon" is one of his favorite things to write. Gordon will be tested even more in the show's upcoming third season, which will see him becoming "a bounty hunter, looking for those monsters that escaped” from the Indian Hill research facility in the season two finale.

Heller also had thoughts about the superhero genre and how it's presented on television, saying, “I don’t think superheroes work very well on TV. Probably because of the costume thing." He added that "TV is about real people and faces and not so much about magic and the supernatural things." But "Gotham" doesn't totally shy away from the supernatural; after all, season three of the show will introduce a character that will use his powers to drastically age up Ivy Pepper from a teenager to the adult Poison Ivy.

As a prequel series, "Gotham" is driving towards a distant future ostensibly including the costumed superhero Batman -- even if the show itself never gets that far. “Every season is moving towards the world, in which Batman has to emerge to save the day," said Heller. "So every season is doubling down on the chaos and anarchy that is overtaking Gotham. So, things keep getting worse.”

"Gotham" returns for season three on Monday, September 19 on Fox.

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