Batman won’t appear in Gotham, says showrunner

It might be based on the DC Comics universe, but Gotham won't star any superheroes - except maybe the city itself

Superhero fans might be disappointed when they tune into new DC Comics series Gotham. 


The drama, set in the crime-ridden town associated with Batman, might star a young Bruce Wayne, as well as Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman’s alter egos, but there won’t be a cape or Batmobile in sight.

“The really interesting parts of this story are the origin stories of all the characters. As soon as you’re into capes and costumes, it’s less interesting than seeing how these people got there,” showrunner Bruno Hellor told reporters at Television Critics Association’s press tour earlier this week. 

Confirming that “Batman won’t appear” he said, “It’s about men and women and not about superheroes and that’s the more interesting story,” reports Hollywood Reporter

If there is a superhero in the show, it is Gotham,” Heller continued. “That’s a larger than life character that’s a central part of the show. To me, heroes are more interesting than superheroes because the difference is superheroes do the impossible and drama is really about the physically possible. This is about people and people trying to overcome real problems versus trying to learn how to fly.” 

Gotham, which stars OC star Ben McKenzie as Gotham commissioner-to-be James Gordon, will kick off when a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) watches as both of his parents are gunned down. Wayne will then meet Gordon for the first time. 

The drama, which airs on FOX later this year, also stars Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett Smith.