Gotham stars Ben McKenzie (James Gordon), Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock), Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), Robin Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot), Erin Richards (Barbara Kean), and executive producer Danny Cannon took to the stage at New York Comic-Con earlier today where they revealed new details about what fans can expect throughout Season 1 of the new series.
Earlier this month, the show cast Nicholas D'Agosto as Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face, with executive producer Danny Cannon revealing that he will make his debut in the show's ninth episode, while Victor Zsasz, who was shown in a preview released last month, will show up in the seventh episode. When asked if Harley Quinn will ever appear on the show, the executive producer revealed he eventually wants to see all of the Batman villains on the show, but some can't be included because of how young Bruce is in the show. He added that the show is several seasons away from revealing Bruce Wayne as Batman, and what's hidden underneath Wayne Manor will continue to be a secret for quite some time.
Many fans have wondered if there is a specific time period that Gotham is set in. Danny Cannon hinted that it may be set in the 80s or 90s, but he wouldn't specify a certain time period. When asked if the Court of Owls may make an appearance, the executive producer teased that anything will be possible if they're picked up for Season 2.
When asked about his version of James Gordon, Ben McKenzie believes that Gordon has "a warrior's mentality" and that, because he's coming from a different mind set than other Gotham cops, he makes mistakes and trusts the wrong people, but he keeps pushing on to make Gotham a better place. He also added that he wants to be faithful to the previous interpretations of James Gordon in the past, from actors such as Gary Oldman, but he isn't trying to imitate those previous incarnations.
Donal Logue revealed that Harvey Bulllock just wants to make it to his retirement alive and in one piece, but partnering with Gordon brings something out in him. He described Gordon as the "alpha version" of straight-laced cops he's met before.
While Robin Taylor's Oswald Cobblepot, the future Penguin, doesn't have any traditional "super powers," the actor believes that his ability to endear himself to people and make them play against each other is his true gift. He also credited series creator Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon for creating a great pilot script and that his audition was easier than most since his character was so well-developed on the page. The actor added that he watched previous versions of The Penguin character in the original Batman TV series and the 1992 movie Batman Returns. While he isn't trying to imitate those performances, the actor added he is trying bring the sheer amount of fun portrayed by this actors to his performance. The actor also added that Oswald's Machiavellian rise is a major focus of Season 1, teasing his arc may lead to a showdown with his former boss, Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith)
As we've seen in the first few episodes, Sean Pertwee's Alfred Pennyworth doesn't exactly have the greatest set of parenting skills, since he is now forced to raise young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) following the deaths of his parents. The actor revealed that his parenting gets worse as the season progresses, and that he tries to find ways to communicate with young Bruce.
Erin Richards added that her character, Gordon's fiancee Barbara Kean, brings out a different side to Gordon that he doesn't show while on the job. The actress added that she enjoys playing a real female character, not just a one-dimensional lover or wife. She also said that her relationship with Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) is one of Barbara's deep dark secrets, and that fans will learn more about this past relationship in the next few weeks.
In an interview with IGN after the NYCC panel, Danny Cannon confirmed that DC characters Tommy "Hush" Elliot and Leslie Thompkins will be featured in upcoming episodes, with casting announcements set to be made sometime this week. When asked how Leslie Thompkins will fit into the show, Danny Cannon had this to say.
"Without giving too much away, Jim Gordon gets to meet her through strange circumstances and... oh my God, I'm giving it away. It's a very tough time in Jim's life, and he meets Leslie Thompkins."
Could this mean that Jim Gordon and his fiancee Barbara Kean are going to split up? We'll have to wait and see. Gotham returns with its fourth episode, "Arkham" on Monday, October 13 at 8 PM ET on Fox.