“Gotham” showrunner Bruno Heller raised eyebrows last month when he said, “I don’t think superheroes work very well on TV. Probably because of the costume thing.” As puzzling as that statement may have been to some viewers, Executive Producer Ken Woodruff finds it easy to explain, pointing out that Heller was speaking specifically about the Fox drama.
“There’s a reason why he chose to develop a show that took place before the actual fully-realized Batman,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “He thought that that was the best way to tell stories on the medium of television. It was about the origins and it was about real people and how they evolved and became the villains and heroes that we know and we’ve seen in comics and in feature films. A lot of that is just pragmatic and TV is a much more intimate medium sometimes than film can be.”
Woodruff pointed out that there’s been “so much success lately” with superhero- and comic book-based television series, “But I think that was Bruno being specific about his take and wanting to really defend his choice to do a show about the origins of Batman and these villains as opposed to living in a world where the Batmobile already exists.”
However, he acknowledged that if you want to make something of the scale of “The Avengers” or “Justice League,” it’s probably better suited for the big screen. “Some of these movies are so expensive to make it look real with the computer effects and not only that but the timeline, Woodruff said. “I mean, TV is on such a truncated schedule.”
“Gotham” returns for its third season tonight at 8 ET/PT on Fox.
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