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Brubaker and Rucka respond to ‘Gotham’ TV series news

gotham centralGiven the project’s title, it’s certainly understandable that fans might draw a connection between the newly announced Fox drama Gotham and the former DC Comics police procedural Gotham Central. However, as far as Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka know, one has nothing to do with the other.

I don’t know anything about that Gotham show, and I have no idea if it’s anything to do with Gotham Central in any way. I’m guessing not,” Brubaker, who co-wrote the comic with Rucka, said on Twitter shortly after the announcement. “[…] I only point this out because people keep congratulating me and as far as I can tell, this show has nothing to do with Gotham Central. And it’s weird to be congratulated mistakenly.”

But even if the show did have a connection to Gotham Central, Rucka wrote on his blog, “that wouldn’t matter, because DC owns the rights and the characters, as they should. This was work-for-hire, something all of us knew at the start.”

Gotham, which has been given a series commitment by Fox, is said to explore the origins of Jim Gordon and some of the city’s villains. Developed by Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist), it centers on Gordon as a detective with the Gotham City Police Department, before he ever met Batman.

Created by Rucka, Brubaker and Michael Lark, Gotham Central was published from 2003 to 2006, and focused on the members of the Major Crimes Unit as they dealt with the city’s costumed criminals. While critically acclaimed — its “Half a Life” story arc won an Eisner and a Harvey award —  the title struggled for sales in the direct market. Still, a television adaptation has been rumored for the better part of a decade — but there was one major obstacle: the rejuvenated Batman movie franchise.

“Everyone at Warner Bros. really loved it,” Brubaker repeated in an interview with USA Today, which coincidentally appeared over the weekend. “Chris Nolan after they did Birds of Prey had asked them to just please not do any Batman-related stuff until he was done with his trilogy — looking at Birds of Prey, you can see why. It was not the world’s greatest pilot.”

Rucka, who confessed he was “as surprised and delighted as everyone to hear they were making a ‘young Gordon’ cop show,” said he hasn’t been contacted by anyone involved with Gotham, but would be happy to hear from them.

“I wish FOX and DC Entertainment success with the show,” he wrote, concluding, “That’s it. No drama, no trauma.”

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Kid Show Business

September 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Word is Nolan was SUPER-pissed that BIRDS OF PREY took his idea of scoring a fight scene to t.A.T.u.’s “All the Things She Said.”

I’m very excited for this show. However I see no reason to adapt Gotham Central as is tho the creators of the show would be smart if they at least read it for possible inspiration.

@Kid Show Business

Best laugh I’ve had all day.

I want to write for the show. Who should I contact to get involved in pitching scripts?

Even though it’s a young Jim Gordon, I hope they user newer cop characters like Bullock, Montoya, “Hardback”, Maggie Sawyer and Crispus Allen.

Even though the show is probably not based on Gotham Central with any luck there will be enough of a buzz around the two having the same sort of take on the Bat-verse that comics fans who have not read the book before pick it up. It’s definitely one of the best DC titles published in the last 10 years or so and is up there with the best stories written by Brunaker and Rucka.

If you enjoyed Gotham Central and haven’t yet read either Brubaker’s Criminal sereis or Rucka’s new Lazarus title then do yourslef a favour and pick them both up !

Brett,
aka The Comic Book Evangelist

Det. Gordon vs. the Penguin, Two-Face, and Clayface,… There will be countless comparisons to Dick Tracy.

Oh, sheesh, I hope this show avoids “powers” and “freaks” and keeps it strictly within the realm of gangsters and criminals. I certainly believe that the Bat-universe has room for characters with powers, but I always liked the notions that Gotham’s “weirdness” didn’t start until after Batman arrived.

The only character I might make an exception for is Solomon Grundy, who had a history going back to the 40s. It’d be cool for Gordon to have to deal with rumors of a man-monster in the sewers. Beyond that, though, I hope it’s all crooks and maybe preludes to Bat-villains (maybe a young biochemist named Pamela Isley working in the GCPD lab, for example).

I am looking forward to this project.

I doubt any of the villains will appear in costume or with their full blown powers, though. And some, like Harvey Dent, may show up as the DA, I would guess.

I am hoping that they include glimpses of his family: wife, son James Jr, and daughter Barbara.

That would be a sweet tip of the hat to they Bat-mythos as well.

And if Bruno Heller has any sense (and I know that he does, because he made Rome and that was awesome), he will get Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker involved with this as consultants at the very least. This sort of show could very easily turn into Law and Order: Gotham without something to differenciate it from the herd.

It will be interesting to see if this show actually pans out…I know that the Powers show has been out there for years without any sign of it getting made.

Bradley Paul Valentine

September 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

I suspect very little chance Bruno Heller would want Ruck or Brubaker around for this show. Maybe he would meet with them unofficially just as former keepers of the mantle, I don’t know. But a guy like Bruno Heller isn’t going to raffle ownership of this project. A collaboration sounds good to us, but the reality of that is giving up a bit of control and I suspect Bruno Heller does that as little as possible. He knows what’s up. He’ll deliver.

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