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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

RUMOR: First Spoilers Leaked From the 'Gotham' TV Series Pilot Script?!

Today io9 got their little hands on what appears to be the first script for the upcoming FOX series Gotham starring Ben McKenzie as a young Jim Gordon. The script dates Jan. 31, 2014 and labeled "Second Network Draft"

They go into some detail about everything in the pilot. From the Bat villains that appear/referenced to the apparently extremely naive rookie Jim Gordon. 

:: Possible Spoilers Ahead :: 

First they start off by stating the pilot has Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Louge) driving from stop to stop trying to get some clues on the recent Wayne murder. Apparently Jim Gordon is extremely naive and oblivious when it comes to Gothams underbelly of criminals....even though he grew up in Gotham? Bullock is written as a generic "rough" cop with Gordon written as your typical Rookie cop.

Also they're is way to much exposition written into the script. Basically trying to inform every audience member that this is a Batman show....without Batman.

Lastly, apparently it tries way to hard to be a 1940s cop show using words like "mopes," "loonybirds," "skell huggers, "sugar bunnies," or "a cool glass of milk." Also, tries way to hard pointing out the bat villains before they are even the villains. 

Here is the nitty-griddy spoilers from io9 article:

• Here's the proto-villains introduced in the pilot: A 14-year-old Catwoman, already cat-burglering and associating with cats; the Riddler, who is working for the GCPD as a coroner and who tries to present all pertinent case information as riddles; the Penguin, a mid-level thug, who as mentioned earlier is repeatedly referred to as looking like a penguin.

• Additionally, Gordon and Bullock enter a run-down apartment where a little girl named Ivy lives with her shitty parents and, according to the script, a lot of houseplants. Could this perhaps be Poison Ivy? Well, in the comics, Poison Ivy's real name is Pamela Isley. Is Gotham giving us a clever feint here? Probably not.

• There's also a comedian telling jokes in gangster Fish Mooney's club, jokes straight out of Reader's Digest circa 1942. Mooney laughs hysterically, and, just in case those feelings were somehow opaque to the audiences, she tells the comedian she likes him. A lot. Repeatedly. 

• Major Crimes detective Renee Montoya used to date Gordon's fiancée, because LESBIANS. And for bonus points, Bullock even calls her a dyke. Fun!

• Alfred appears to have a crazy cockney accent, and I swear to god this is real dialogue from the script:
ALFRED: Oi! Master Bruce! Stop playing silly buggers! Get your bloody arse down off there!
• One more line for the road from Gordon's fiancée: 
BARBARA (blithely): Jim, you are the cleverest, bravest, goodest man in Gotham.

Hopefully this gets some major revisions before they get into filming this. Bruno Hellner who has written for shows like The Mentalist and Rome has the chops to get it done. 

Of course this could be nothing more then a fake script played on io9 but I don't believe so.....
Gotham will premiere on FOX

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