Yesterday some new Gotham info was revealed at FOX’s 2014 Television Critics Association press conference, but IGN caught up with showrunner Bruno Heller for even more details about the show. Heller confirmed that villain Hugo Strange and Arkham Asylum will be introduced during the first season of Gotham:
“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.”
Heller also confirmed that Harvey Dent will be showing up on Gotham, but he’s not going to be a friend of the young Bruce Wayne. “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.”
Heller pointed out that they don’t want to add too many popular villains too soon, because they need to make sure they have enough characters and story for future seasons. So far we have Joker teases, Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harvey Dent, and Hugo Strange all confirmed for season one. Gotham premieres on FOX on Monday, September 22nd.