It looks like the Dynamic Duo is headed to TV once again, except this time it will be in a much less conventional way. Entertainment Weekly has an interview with “Gotham” showrunner Bruno Heller where the writer reveals that he does indeed have plans for Batman’s teenage sidekick Robin — even if the Caped Crusader is still a preteen.
“We’re going to do a prenatal origin story for Robin down the line,” said Heller. “There are no MRIs involved. There’s an episode coming up where we learn how Robin’s parents got together.”
When asked about how the writing staff determines which characters get introduced when, Bruno used the incredibly popular Harley Quinn as an example.
“One of the things about the size and scope and ambitious of this production is that — it’s not that there’s lots of chefs in the kitchen, but there’s a lot of people with opinions and views and inside knowledge,” said Heller. “That aspect of the show — which characters to use and when — is a source of constant discussion. And that may well have been an issue that came up and was dropped. We haven’t got Harley Quinn in it. Riddler’s girlfriend is coming up. And Harley Quinn is definitely planned for later on, but so far no.”
While Harley’s arrival in “Gotham” may still be far in the future, Heller did discuss one villain that is poised to make his debut sooner rather than later: the Scarecrow.
“This is not a kid being a looney Scarecrow,” said Heller. “This is a couple episodes about how that character has evolved — everyone’s character is formed in their childhood to some degree or another. His father is involved, as is part of the [character’s] mythology.”
Heller admitted that the early promotional push for the show caused them to introduce a lot of high profile characters — Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Penguin — right away. The showrunner promises that now that the show has settled in, new character reveals will come at a much less rapid rate. This will perhaps be most apparent when it comes to the Joker; instead of revealing the character outright, Heller reiterated the show’s plans on teasing the audience with many different Joker candidates before having one of them don the terrifying clown makeup.
“Gotham” airs on Fox on Monday nights.
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