"Gotham" Featurette Teases World Building, New Characters & Joker

Fox has released the first featurette for "Gotham," which gives a first glimpse at footage and mission statement for the Batman prequel. With comments from showrunner Bruno Heller executive producer Danny Cannon and cast members Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett Smith. There's quite a bit here, with a lot of new clips and a better look at the overall feel of the series.

"Gotham is a story about the great DC super villains and we'll see how they came to be," said Heller. "Catwoman, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, the Penguin -- what made the Joker the Joker; how did Scarecrow become the Scarecrow?" Heller says during the featurette. "Our hero is James Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie. When we join the show, he's been two weeks on the job as a detective."

According to the clip, the series kicks off with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, which McKenzie called "the metaphorical break point that plunges Gotham into a downward spiral, which ultimately manifests in people putting on costumes and seeking vengeance or justice."

In addition to discussion of new character Fish Mooney -- played by Pinkett Smith -- the clip teases the possible introduction of the Joker, the relationship between Gordon and Logue's Harvey Bullock, as well as the role of Robin Lord Taylor's Penguin and how a cop show in Batman's world will work.

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