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Gotham Facts: 10 Things You Didn't Know
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Gotham Facts: 10 Things You Didn't Know

With over 75 years of comic books to mine for inspiration, the back story of Batman and Gotham, the city that made him, was always a prime candidate to be mined for a lavish TV series, and, at the end of 2014, that became a reality with Gotham.

The series stars Ben McKenzie, best known for his role as Ryan in hit teen drama The O.C., as Jim Gordon, the Gotham police officer who goes on to become Batman's key ally. He is joined by Jada Pinkett Smith, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova and Robin Lord Taylor, who play hoodlums Fish Mooney, The Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin respectively.

The show also stars Donal Logue as Gordon's gruff voiced partner Harvey Bullock as well as Sean Pertwee, who is Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred.

It’s been going strong for three seasons now, with a fourth beginning its run on Channel 5 in the coming weeks. So, as the third season arrives on DVD shelves (it arrives on Monday and you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page), we’ve dug through the archives and come up with 10 things you didn’t know about Gotham...

 

Bruno Heller took some convincing to take on the show…

Heller, who had previously created HBO historical romp Rome and crime series The Mentalist, was tapped to develop Gotham, but initially, he wasn’t keen, going as far as saying “I was initially reluctant to do a superhero show. Not because I don't like them, but just because I don't really know how to write about people with superpowers. Human beings are diminished as soon as a superhero walks onto the screen. As soon as the superhero walks out of frame, you're waiting for them to come back." Clearly, producers won him round…

 

The show got special treatment…

Gotham bypassed the traditional pilot stage and went straight to series, unusual for a series of any kind. Even Game Of Thrones had a pilot first...

 

Ben McKenzie delivered a knockout performance, literally…

McKenzie was giving it his all during a stunt and crashed into a concrete pillar and split his head open, leading to several stitches. He put the whole thing on Instagram though, so he must have been alright…

 

He’s the second actor to play both Jim Gordon and Batman…

The OC star voiced The Dark Knight himself in Batman movie, Batman: Year One, with Bryan Cranston playing opposite as Jim Gordon. He's the second actor to do that. Bruce Thomas played a live action Batman in the OnStar commercials and voiced Commissioner Gordon in the DC Animated Original Movie Son of Batman in 2014.

 

Jada Pinkett-Smith brought an unusual accessory to her audition…

The star was so keen to land the role of Fish Mooney, the vicious lieutenant to mob boss Carmine Falcone, that she stepped things up for her audition. She arrived with a shirtless man on a leash who had the word LIAR written on his head with lipstick. You can see why producers remembered her...

 

Robin Lord Taylor has a distinctive technique to get that limp…

He walks with a bottle cap in his shoe to get that limp you need to play The Penguin, it’s a technique that Hollywood actors have been employing for over 50 years.

 

But that hair isn’t the least bit real…

Taylor has to dye his natural blonde hair every two weeks to get The Penguin’s dark locks, any longer than that and his roots start to show.

 

Paul Reubens is reprising a beloved early role…

In Gotham, Penguin's father is played by Paul Reubens, who played the same role in Batman Returns, a nice bit of symmetry on show there.

 

Happy news forced script writers into some drastic changes…

After stars, Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie took their on-screen relationship off-screen Baccarin became pregnant, happy news that forced the writers to write a pregnancy into the show’s second season.

 

If you’re waiting for Batman to turn up, you’ll be waiting until the very end…

When asked when people might get to see The Dark Knight in action, Ben McKenzie replied: “The very last frame of the very last episode of the very last season, whenever that turns out to be, that's when we'll see Bruce Wayne put on the cape and cowl."

 

The third season of Gotham is released on DVD on Monday (August 28th). Click here to pre-order it and check out all the show’s previous seasons here.

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