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Fox is getting in on the small-screen superhero game with Gotham, set in the same world that creates Batman. Except that the drama takes place well before the debut of the Dark Knight: In the new series, Bruce Wayne is still a child, newly orphaned in the wake of his parents’ murder.
Does a show like Gotham even make sense without Batman? Donal Logue (Terriers, Vikings), who plays Detective Harvey Bullock, understands that some fans are skeptical about a Batman-free Gotham. But to hear him tell it, the Dark Knight’s absence opens up some interesting creative opportunities.
“It’s interesting because people will say, ‘What good is Gotham? A Gotham without Batman is stupid!'” he told IGN. “What’s fascinating about Gotham is like, what happened in the 20 years before Batman was so effed up that it needed a vigilante to come and save it — and those moral decisions have repercussions.”
He continued, “The question is, how did we get there? How did we get to the point where we had to have a Batman?”
Read the full interview for much more of Logue’s thoughts on Gotham.
Written and executive produced by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), the drama also stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle and David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne.