Commissioner Gordon is getting his own TV show on FOX, that kind of came out of nowhere didn’t it? Set in the years before Batman arrives, the show will deal with “the villains that made Gotham famous” but we don’t know much beyond that.
After having a quick chat with my Lying Cat Cast co-hosts, we came up with a list of 5 things we’d like to see in the series.
The Court Of Owls
When Scott Snyder began writing Batman with the launch of the new 52, I was quite excited to see what he had to offer. Little did I know he’d invent one of my favourite Batman villains right away: The Court Of Owls.
A secret society who’ve been working in the shadows of Gotham City for generations, the Court work as both a physical and a mental threat. With their highly trained Talon assassins it wouldn’t be hard to have Detective James Gordon stumble onto them while investigating a murder. Their influence is so large they’re perhaps best used over a long period of time, maybe hinted at throughout the series before making a big move in the finale. However they’re used, I think they’d be a brilliant addition.
Barbara Gordon, the future Batgirl, is the daughter of James Gordon. Depending on papa Gordon’s age it’s perfectly plausible that we might see Barbara in a minor role as his child. With all the horrible crime in the city having a young girl back at home could give him something to protect, more motivation to clean up the streets. There’s also potential for darker storylines as some villains might target Barbara herself, but I think all that would be a little too simple and obvious.
I propose a better use would be to use her properly, rather than just relegating her to the role of protagonist’s vulnerable daughter. As well as Batgirl, Barbara is famous in the comics for her Oracle identity, so perhaps if she’s aged up to her young teens she could occasionally help out through her computer knowledge. That way she’d be more of an extra ally than just sitting around waiting to be kidnapped or threatened. Barbara is a fantastic character and bringing her in as a supporting member of the cast gives her room to grow into the character we know and love as time progresses. Obviously she’ll never don the Batgirl cowl, but she really doesn’t need that costume to be a strong addition to the show.
Two-Face is one of Batman’s most famous villains, he’s been in video games, movies and cartoons all in recent years. But before half his face was scarred, he was district attorney Harvey Dent. An honest man and incredibly good at his job, Dent was an asset to the city. With Gordon hunting down criminals, Dent could be a valuable ally in making sure they get put away.
Down the line there’s room to introduce the change into Two-Face, but even just as plain ol’ Harvey Dent he could be a great supporting character. It’s been mentioned before that he’s struggled with bipolar disorder, something that the show could tackle and use to make him a deeper character with troubles of his own.
The Rest Of The GCPD
Gordon is undoubtedly the most well known member of the Gotham City Police Department, but there’s plenty more characters from the comics that could be brought in. As well as famous allies like Renee Montoya, there’s more seedy members such as corrupt cop Arnold John Flass, Gordon’s original partner. Flass could be used to show what such a mess the police department is, introducing us to the idea of cops that aren’t even trying to improve things. He’d work as a good foil for Gordon, who presumably will be intent on doing some good.
Alternatively there’s Harvey Bullock, originally corrupt Bullock turns into a hardworking cop. Perhaps Bullock can be an example of Gordon’s determination rubbing off, as more cops start to buckle down and really do their job.
Batman has perhaps the strongest rogues gallery of any super hero. We already know we’re going to see the villains in some form, but seeing the most famous ones on the screen would be a real kick. A lot of villains are in danger of coming across as too cheesy or silly if they were adapted for TV though, but with some modification practically anyone could work. It all depends on how the show handles supernatural elements. Over on Arrow it has, so far, avoided the use of super powers or anything too far out of the ordinary (this is changing soon however). It’s not yet known what sort of tone Gotham will have, but they’ll be looking to Arrow for some cues considering its success. With a little push even characters like Killer Croc could work in a more grounded show; an enormously powerful man living in the sewer and eating his victims? That’s certainly creepy material right there.
I think it would be a shame if the show tried to stay too grounded and only used the absolute most practical characters such as Scarecrow or Black Mask. But it’s a dangerous line to tred, Mr. Freeze would be exceedingly difficult to do without becoming comically silly. But the opportunity is there to go nuts and use some great characters, so I hope that they take it.
What do you want to see from the show? Comment or hit me up on Twitter and let me know!