Just when you thought Gotham had thier hands full dealing with future Batman villains Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, and that recurring teaser the Joker, showrunner Bruno Heller recently teased another big Batman-Comic-Book-Villain, Dr. Hugo Strange. What even more exciting Gotham news did Heller lay out?
Heller talked about Arkham Asylum. That’s right, the revolving door of Gotham’s Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane, usually just called Arkham Asylum, will be part of the mythos that is Gotham. Those of us that have played the hugely popular Batman: Arkham Asylum video game series are quite familiar with Arkham and Strange.
Before we talk any more about Arkham and Strange, let’s see what Showrunner Bruno Heller has to say to IGN‘s
Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we’re going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely. It’s a Season One thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how is one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to — you don’t have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage — but if you’re telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, ‘What the f***? Why don’t you make that place a place people don’t escape from?’ We’re going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that.
Strange and Arkham wasn’t the only thing Heller discussed, he also talked a bit about Harvey Dent.
We’re playing Harvey Dent slightly older. He’s more Gordon’s age in this telling. One of the things to avoid in order not to tell a high school story — which would be great, but it’s a different show on a different network at a different time that I would not be a part of. But he will go back to school and villains will be part of that world.
I’m sure a lot of you are now wondering if the show might be cramming too many Batman villains into the series all at once. The dreaded Spider-Man 3 curse of too many villains is a valid concern, but Heller is reported to say that they:
That they don’t want to bow to any pressure to overstuff or front-load the series with so many popular villains because they need to make sure they have enough characters and story for future seasons.