Why does Gotham take place in a world before Batman? Because Bruno Heller, the show’s creator and showrunner, doesn’t think superheroes work very well on TV.
“I don’t think superheroes work very well on TV,” Heller explained at the Edinburgh Television Festival on Thursday. “Probably because of the costume thing.”
He went on to argue “TV is about real people and faces, and not so much about magic and the supernatural things,” and said that’s why he chose James Gordon as the main character for Gotham.
Still, Heller knows he’s running a show about comic book characters, and admits that it’s tricky to balance that world with the real world.
“It has to be both a crime procedural and a mythic, epic, grand comic book saga,” he told the audience. “It’s a tricky combination, because you have to keep it real and unreal at the same time.”
Fans of The Flash, Supergirl, and Arrow may disagree with Heller’s comments about superheroes on TV, but what do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter