Sep. 22, 2014
Returning Series
60 min.
FOX TV Network

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Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. Gotham follows the rise of Commissioner Gordon through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

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  • One of three new television series scheduled for release in 2014 based on DC Comics characters. The others being Constantine and The Flash (2014).
  • The first Batman-related TV show to appear on the Fox Network since Batman: The Animated Series, which also featured Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya, and whose opening title sequence featured the blimps over the city that were featured in the show's early promotional material.
  • Ben McKenzie voiced Batman in the DC Animated Original Movie Batman: Year One (2011) (V). He is the second actor that has portrayed both Batman and Jim Gordon. Bruce Thomas played a live action Batman in the OnStar commercials (2001-2002) and voiced Commissioner Gordon in the DC Animated Original Movie Son of Batman (May 2014).
  • Ben McKenzie suffered an accident while shooting a fight scene, in which he slammed his head onto a concrete pillar.
  • Oswald Cobblepot's (The Penguin) suits were made by tailor Martin Greenfield, who has had U.S. presidents as clients.
  • Robin Lord Taylor has cited Danny DeVito's portrayal of the Penguin as his inspiration for Oswald.
  • Jim and Barbara live in a clock tower. In the comics their daughter Barbara Gordon, after her time as Batgirl, donned the alter ego Oracle, who based her operations out of a clock tower (as also seen in Birds of Prey).
  • Jada Pinkett Smith's character Fish Mooney does not exist in the comics and was created for the series.
  • Tommy Elliot (Cole Vallis) is the alter ego of the villain Hush.
  • Edward Nygma's real name is actually Edward Nashton. The comic book character took on the guise of Edward Nygma along with The Riddler.
  • Early in the first season, the industry website deadline.com reported that there had been a hair and makeup test performed on the set in advance of shooting in which a white stuntwoman was made up in blackface (a process known as "painting down") to prepare her to double for a black guest actress. Painting down stuntpeople is against SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) rules; a SAG representative said that the situation was "presumptively improper... in other words: the practice of 'painting down' is unacceptable anywhere and particularly so in a production center like New York City with so many qualified stuntwomen of color trained for this type of work." When Deadline called this issue to Warner Brothers' attention, WB at first tried to minimize its importance but later released this statement: "A mistake was made this week in casting a stunt woman for a guest star in a particular scene on the show. The situation has been rectified, and we regret the error."
  • Of natural blond hair, Robin Lord Taylor dyes it black every two weeks for the character. According to him, his dark hair seems to always be "levitating off" his head when his clear roots grow under.
  • Although its time setting is not determined, the series' is visually inspired by the late 70's and early 80's New York.
  • Crispus Allen is one of the DC comics characters to have been host to the hero known as The Spectre.
  • The name of the character Edward Nygma is a play on words. When the given name is initialized to E, it sounds like "enigma" which means "an inscrutable or mysterious person" according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Additionally, he has occasionally been referred to as "Mr. E," which sounds like mystery.
  • After the preview for the following weeks show you can see a green question mark between the T and H in GOTHAM. This is obviously a nod to The Riddler.
  • The large neoclassical painting occasionally visible in Wayne's mansion is Jacques-Louis David's 'The Oath of the Horatii.' The gens Horatia were a Roman family of the ruling class. The painting depicts three brothers vowing to defend Rome with their lives. Of the three, only one will survive and he will be the destroyer of their opponents. The brothers might be said to symbolise the Wayne family with Thomas and Martha represented by the two brothers who will be slain in the virtuous fight, while Bruce is represented by the brother who will - in victory - survive.
  • Bullock remarks how similar "therapist" is to "the rapist." This may refer to the comic storyline 'Batman: Hush,' where Lois Lane made a very similar comment.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith brought a man on a leash to her audition as Fish Mooney.
  • It has no connection to Ben Affleck's Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). However, Geoff Johns stated that the TV universe (starting from Arrow (2012)) and the cinematic universe co-exist as part of a DC "multiverse".
  • The Joker's real name and backstory is never fully explained in any form of media. The only exceptions are for Tim Burton's "Batman" (1989), and "The Killing Joke" graphic novel, written by Alan Moore, in which the man who will become The Joker is an unnamed engineer who quits his job at a chemical company to become a stand-up comedian, only to fail miserably. He then helps several men break into the chemical company, only to trip into a vat of chemicals after seeing Batman. The Joker says that even this is probably fake due to him always forgetting his past.
  • SPOILER: 'Nicholas DAgosto also starred in Final Destination 5.In a fight scene of that movie, another character tries to push Nicolas's character's half face into a pan of boiling oil. As we all know Nicholas D'Agosto plays Harvey Dent in Gotham who turns out to be Two Face, who has his half face burned because of acid thrown at his face by Don Maroni.
  • Camren Bicondova who portrays Selina Kyle in Gotham used some of her dancing for some of the moves you see in Gotham.
  • In the Wayne study on a shelf sits a bust of William Shakespeare, the same kind used to activate the secret passageway to the bat cave in the 1960s Batman and Robin series.
  • Ben McKenzie has voiced Batman in the animated movie Batman: Year One (2011) (V). Ironically, just like the show, the main focus of this movie revolves around the origin of how James Gordon joined the Gotham police force and ultimately became Commisioner.
  • Morena Baccarin has a busy career in comic book media, playing Dr. Leslie Thompkins on Gotham, the voice of the Gideon computer on The Flash (2014), and starring as Vanessa Carlyle/Copycat in Deadpool. She was also the voice of the Black Canary in the animated series Justice League Unlimited and Talia al Ghul in Son of Batman and Batman: Bad Blood (2016) (V).
  • SPOILER: The Dollmaker's henchmen Patti (Lili Taylor) and Doug (Frank Whaley) were originally scripted to be shot and killed by Gordon and Bullock but in the final cut, they do not get shot and are arrested instead.
  • The character of mob boss Sal Maroni in this show is portrayed by David Zayas. In the 2008 film The Dark Knight, Maroni is played by Eric Roberts. Roberts and Zayas starred opposite each other as the main antagonists in the 2010 film The Expendables.
  • Morena Baccarin's second time appearing in a Batman production. She also voiced as Talia Al Gul in Son of Batman.
  • In the episode featuring Thomas Elliott (alter ego of the villain, Hush), Elliott is depicted as a bully, as he teases Bruce about his parents' death. In the comics, Elliott was Bruce's childhood best friend until an incident caused by the young Elliott drove them apart.

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