As Fox/DC’s Gotham TV show slowly yet surely makes its way into production, fans of the Batman universe are eager for more details. We already know a bit about what sorts of villains we might expect to see and have a decent list of the casting thus far, but what’s really going on under the surface? What kind of show will this be and why should we tune in each week for what sounds like little more than a DC-themed procedural show? Luckily, Donal Logue has emerged and tossed out a few more details about his role as Harvey Bullock and the show in general. Check out what he had to say below.
In a recent interview with Nerd Repository, Logue had these things to say about his approach to the role:
I want to create a character, no different from Lee Toric in Sons of Anarchy or King Horik [from History’s Vikings] or Hank Dolworth in Terriers. They’re all uniquely different scenarios and I don’t want to feel forced to do an impersonation of something else, which is a difficult thing to keep up over the course of a longer series. So we’ll have those talks.
These things to say about what to expect from the atmosphere and setting of Gotham:
What I do love about ‘Gotham,’ that I can say so far, is that it creates this incredible world that, for me, you can step into things that almost feel like the roaring ’20s, and then there’s this other really kind of heavy Blade Runner vibe floating around. It has this anachronistic element to it where it feels like it’s either New York in the ’70s, or it kind of exists independently of time and space in a way, and you can dip into all of these different genres. So I’m excited by it…..There were a couple of examples of modern technology, but maybe an antiquated version of it, that gave me a little bit of sense that it’s certainly not the ’50s and the ’60s. No one’s making a joke about how “there’s no way you can press a telephone button and have a piece of paper show up in another machine.” There is an acceptance of a certain technological reality. But it’s not high tech and it’s not futuristic, by any means.
And finally, he teased a little bit of the tone of the show:
There’s kind of an ambiguous line between good and bad. We have to let certain bad guys do certain things, in order for the greater good, for this machine to keep working. And then someone comes in who’s like ‘No, I have a much more black and white view, I’m not into this notion of moral relativism. There’s right and there’s wrong.’….And what is law? Is law this platonic form of truth that floats in space that is fixed, or is it something that’s this arbitrary thing where it’s like “the law is me and you, right now, in this car. Whatever we determine, that’s the law.” And that’s the kind of thing that will be a conflict in this show.
I have to admit that after listening to what Logue has to say I’m a bit more intrigued. It almost sounds like they could be aiming for a steampunk sort of feel. Of course, it’s not like I wasn’t going to tune in religiously anyways, but now I actually have hope that Gotham will be a series that can draw me in.
What say you, Nerd readers? Ready for some Gotham or still sitting on the fence with this one?
Thanks to Nerd Repository for the interview.