Gotham is premiered it’s third season tonight, September 19th on FOX and Slash Film spoke recently with the producer Ken Woodruff about where the series is going this season, how big of a time jump we would have and Jerome’s return to the series.
ON THE TIME JUMP AND WHERE WE ARE IN AT START OF THE SEASON
There’s one scene that’s not a time jump. It’s pretty soon thereafter and then we’re doing like a six month time jump. The first episode will jump ahead. What’s exciting is you can really move characters along, much further along than you would. You don’t have to watch a slow progression. We can catch up and go, “Wow, how did Penguin get here? How did Nygma get here?” Those kind of things, let the audience play catch up for the first few episodes.
ON LEAVING GOTHAM AND VISITING OTHER CITIES IN THE DC UNIVERSE
Yeah, we’ve talked about it. For example, the first episode we’re going to be outside of Gotham. We’ve actually been talking about it, in the room breaking a story where Gordon is going to be outside of Gotham. It’s interesting to see. You have to take into consideration other DC shows.
There are but they’re really low down the rung in terms of the canon. We have this map of all the U.S. with all the cities on it in the writers room. Some of them I’ve never heard of before working on the show.
ON WHO THE COUNSEL OF OWLS ARE & ANY CONNECTION WITH LEAGUE OF SHADOWS
Ah yeah. I’m not as familiar with the Arrow version of League of Shadows, but what I can tell you about the Court of Owls is they’re not just evil. What they do is what’s best for Gotham in the big picture. Sometimes that comes across as evil and sometimes that comes across as good. They’re much more mysterious as to their intentions and motivation. You never know if they’re doing something because they want to prop up villains, or if they’re doing something because they feel like the villains in the city have gotten too much power and now they want to cut their legs off. So they’re much more unpredictable.
ON JEROME RETURNING, BEING AN INSPIRATION TO THE JOKER AND POSSIBLY BEING THE JOKER
Exactly. Jerome was always supposed to be the inspiration for The Joker. Maybe he’ll go through an evolution that’ll end up becoming the actual Joker that we all know. The whole idea was that he was supposed to be the inspiration for it. That’s the fun of it and that’s what we want to see.
Read the full interview on Slashfilm.com.
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