Love or hate it, one thing’s for sure it’s that FOX’s “Gotham” is NOT your Christopher Nolan-style Batman. After a few awkward episodes, the show seemed to find its dark campy groove and stuck with it for the rest of the first season – even as midway through production Fox ordered an additional six episodes for the run.
Filming is underway on the second season of the series and in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, leading man Ben McKenzie admits parts of the first season were “a mistake” and the ‘villain of the week’ format didn’t work:
“I think we made a mistake relatively early on in trying to introduce a villain and take care of that villain in one episode: catch them, send them to Arkham, do whatever. That was just a mistake. We should’ve never done it.
We were ordered for 16 [episodes]. We were going to have one break and come back and finish the rest of them in terms of the airing, and then we added six more, so we had to break again and then we had to come back again. And it’s hard for the audience to follow that many changes in a series in terms of when it’s airing and when it’s not.
The audience really wants to understand who these people are and live with them, sit with them and enjoy them. Whether they’re evil or good, they are entertaining. So that’s what we’re doing in season 2. [It’s] really kick ass. I think it’s exactly what the fans want to see.
Meanwhile the show’s executive producer Danny Cannon has elaborated on the integral role of Theo Galavan that actor James Frain will play in the second season – a billionaire industrialist with a ‘centuries-old vendetta’, and a character Cannon confirms is the “origins of a very famous DC villain”. He tells TV Guide:
“Theo Galavan arrives in Gotham as a prodigal son returning. He comes from a very wealthy family with ancient roots in the building and foundation of Gotham. It takes a while for us to understand why he came back to Gotham and what his plan is, but it’s an insidious one, obviously. He’s a little bit like the Great Gatsby and Dracula coming to town with money and influence and charm and trying to bend to Gotham to serve him.
This season is about how one man will unleash and empower the villains and make them understand that they are more powerful than the people fighting against them. They are the pioneers for Gotham. They are the ones who will change things because with chaos and destruction is the only way you can build. You can’t rebuild a city without first destroying it.”
“Gotham” returns to screens on September 21st.