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FOX’s ‘Gotham’ Pilot Script: Even More Batman Villains Revealed?

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Warner Bros. live-action DC future got a bit more transparent earlier today with the reveal of ‘The Flash’ costume for ‘Arrow”s forthcoming spinoff, but FOX’s Batman prequel drama ‘Gotham‘ remains something of a mystery. We know most of the cast, and a few early Batman characters peppered into the plot, but does a new report of the pilot script reveal a heaping helping of other DC baddies?

According to a new report from io9, we may have to temper expectations on FOX’s forthcoming ‘Gotham’ series, despite its universally agreeable cast. We’d heard before that the time period might have been made somewhat ambiguous, but a relatively recent draft of the script supposedly indoctrinates quite a bit of past lingo, largely surrounded by an exposition-laden pilot that sees Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) touring Gotham City with new recruit Gordon (Ben McKenzie), investigating the recent murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

In addition to some on-the-nose introductions to Robin Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot as “looking like a penguin,” we’re also treated to introductions of the Riddler, Catwoman and potentially Poison Ivy, described as to say “for everyone who even has a passing knowledge of Bat-lore, it’s like being bludgeoned to death with the Bat-signal.”

The pilot will be written and executive produced by Bruno Heller (‘The Mentalist’), along with Warner Bros. Television, and directed by ‘Judge Dredd’ helmer Danny Cannon. It has been confirmed that ‘Gotham’ will not have any direct ties to Ben Affleck‘s take on the Dark Knight for ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up film ‘Batman vs. Superman‘ or The CW’s ‘Arrow‘ series.

Cast in other known roles thus far are Sean Pertwee (‘Elementary’) as Alfred Pennyworth, ‘Burn Notice‘ star Zabryna Guevara as Gordon’s GCPD boss Captain Essen, Jada Pinkett Smith as gangster Fish Mooney and Erin Richards as Gordon’s fiancée Barbara Kean.

Keep in mind, plenty of details on FOX’s ‘Gotham’ are subject to change by the time cameras roll, but in the meantime, what do you think? Might the absence of Batman himself created a bit of overcompensation in FOX’s new prequel drama? Check out the pilot report, and tell us what you want to see from ‘Gotham’ in the comments!

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