Danny Cannon to Direct GOTHAM Pilot Centering on BATMAN’s James Gordon

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We haven’t heard much about the Batman/Commissioner Gordon series Gotham since Fox won a bidding war for it, but now we know that Danny Cannon will direct and executive produce the pilot.  Scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham “explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous.”  The show, which has a series commitment and penalty, takes place in a Gotham plagued with crime before the arrival of Batman.

Cannon, who had some rough experiences in the movie world having directed Judge Dredd and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, has fared well in the television landscape.  He’s directed the pilots for CSI, Dark Blue, and more recently, The Tomorrow People.  Cannon is currently filming the TV movie, The Lottery. (Via Deadline)

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  • The Flobbit

    Bryan Cranston or Jim Caviezel for James Gordon! Please make it dark, gritty, atmospheric, and pay homages to the best of the comics while forging your own exciting path.

    • Leo Spaceman

      I generally like your comments and agree with you on a lot of things, but I would absolutely hate to see Bryan Cranston get tied this for at least half a decade and waste his talent on a procedural day to day story where there isn’t enough depth to sink his teeth into, a discoherent plot compiled out of a set of scripts each written by a member of the team, an “attempt” to be a big budget production on a TV show level, and a series of disappointing cliff hangers designed to force the viewer to watch the next episode because the story proves to not be compelling enough. I really can’t stand to watch network shows and could go on and on about why, but they just never have a dark twisted story that takes chances.

      Sorry, I’ve been wanting to say this for a long time and this is the closest chance I will get so, Stupid Fat Flobbit don’t waste Cranston on any show that isn’t on FX, AMC, HBO, or Showtime. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

      • The Flobbit

        There is no reason that Gotham should not be a show worthy of the tremendous talents of Bryan Cranston, nor is there a reason he should not branch out and do other things. I mean, he did Argo and Madagascar and Drive when he was doing Breaking Bad.

        Also, I really think we shouldn’t judge Gotham before we see something of it. Bruno Heller did Rome, and that was incredible. I hope it can be a good show, maybe a play-along with Arrow and Flash (though hopefully, darker and grittier).

        P.S. And there’s always Jim Caviezel – he’s got gravitas, charisma, he’s cool, he’s got the looks, and he’s a tremendous actor. He might be a little too young, but if this is a prequel it should be fine. Any other thoughts on who could play Gordon?


        Gotham is not worthy.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I’m not judging Gotham based on the show, I’m judging Gotham based on the fact that its on a Network. Network single camera comedies can be great and I’m currently bull rushing through the greatness that is Modern Family for the first time in my life, but there isn’t a single drama that I have ever thought was good. When I think of FX, AMC, HBO, and Showtime I think of Sons of Anarchy, The Americans, Terriers, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Dexter, Shameless, Game of Thrones, The Shield, Homeland. Those are the kinds of show I like to watch. Not TerraNova, Arrow, Lost, Law and Order SVU.

        Cranston can do movies while he is doing a TV series, but he can’t do multiple TV series. While he is good in Movies, he completely masters his TV character and if I am going to settle into a Cranston character for the better part of a decade, I want to see a character that evolves like they do in Sons or Anarchy, or a similar show. I don’t believe that will happen on a Fox high concept show.

      • P862014

        cranston is wrong for the role because this is a young gordan while cranston is older than gary oldman lol

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        I agree with your thoughts about FX, AMC, HBO and Showtime as they all make the best TV shows for drama but I also a fan of the show The Following that premiered on Fox and proves that they can be bold/gritty when need to be with their material. I have a feeling that this is a high priority for Fox and is something that they will be putting a lot of effort into to make sure that it will last a long time as TV superhero shows are becoming the new cash cow. Tieing it into the DC movie universe would be a key way to ensure that it can sustain interest. If they are smart they would try to make it more like Justified and less like Law and Order:SVU.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I admit, The Following has me interested and I am considering watching the first season. I mean who doesn’t love Bacon. But in general those shows leave a bad taste in my mouth and you clearly want it to be like Justified, an FX show, not a fox show. The other thing about FX or AMC is that their shows know when to end. I can’t say that Shotime knows when to end given what happened with Dexter, but FX and AMC at least seem to know how to write for an endgame. Law and Order SVU though terrible and cheesy was fun terrible and cheesy before it became utter horse s**t. Would Gotham continue on just for the purpose of selling more ads?

      • The Flobbit

        Hey, Arrow is a good show, and fully fitting of the comic book mythos it descended from. If these guys aimed for Arrow quality, it would be a great show.

        But yeah, your points are legit, and Cranston is a bit too high-profile for the role.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I like a back from the dead story and tried to watch bits of the pilot to see that, and it all felt aweful to me. I could be wrong here and Arrow could be good but I expected it to be more like The Cape. Remember that f**k fest of terrible? That was the first show where I watched the pilot and thought to myself, I’m not even going to bother trying to finish it, the show won’t have a season 2. And I had a similar feeling when they cast Crixus the Undefeated Ghoul! He will never be Slade Wilson to me and I await the day they can kill off his character and let Crixus do something more interesting.

      • The Flobbit

        It’s pretty bad when it gets out of the gate – terribly cheesy acting from the females, but it really grows on you and becomes a fun, cool show.

    • Batt Damon

      I’d prefer Bryan Cranston to play Gordon in the movies instead. Plus since it’s a prequel it’d make much more sense for them to cast a younger actor in the role.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      My hopes would be that Cranston is cast in the BVS film as Gordon and does a cameo in the 1st episode as it flashbacks to his younger days where we’ll be introduced to a new actor (much younger) portraying Gordon. That way it ties in with the new movies coming out and gives us a new spin on Batman’s/Gordon’s back story without having to watch it all over again in the movies (through flashbacks or whatever use they may try). Maybe Cranston can do a voice over at the end of each episode or two to give us a reminder of the connection to the present day. That way he’s still in it but not time committed so a show that will last for 22 episodes a year or whatever the typical number of episodes are in a show for Fox.

      • The Flobbit

        That sounds like a cool idea, and I would like it, but it will never happen for three reasons. 1. Unlike Marvel, DC movies is movies, and DC TV is TV, and never the twain shall meet. 2. Bryan Cranston is too high-profile to appear on a network show. 3. This hampers you because you have to cast someone who looks like a young Gordon.

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