TV News: “Gotham” Will Feature The Court of Owls and Jack Ryan Will Return
Gotham season 2, which began on Monday night, focuses on the rise of nefarious comic-book villains. According to showrunner Bruno Heller, a new group of villains, the Court of Owls, will terrorize Gotham in the near future. Heller said, “Yeah, absolutely, [I’m interested]. I won’t say that it’s part of – I don’t even want to say that, because I don’t want to spoil part of the story. The Court of Owls is deep, deep, deep Gotham mythology. The comic book fans know about it, but I would suspect the larger audience is not so familiar. We sometimes have to make a distinction between the ‘Nolan-era Batman movie fans’ and the comic book fans. It’s not that they’re two separate audiences, just that there are two levels of engagement. Court of Owls is very much deep DC mythology. We are absolutely going to explore that world down the line. Looking at the longevity of the show, we have to hold some cards back, we can’t just throw all of the elements, all of the story at once.” Heller’s quote is accurate in that The Dark Knight Trilogy, due to its crime-drama genre, lured in fans that were not necessarily comic-book devotees. The fact that the Court of Owls will appear on Gotham is exciting because it means that Bruno Heller has long-term plans for this show and that new villains will rise in due time. Heller’s previous show, The Mentalist, nearly derailed itself by focusing one major villain, Red John, too often. Thus, the fact that Heller plans to keep a variety of villains around in Gotham is particularly reassuring. Also, focusing on villains which popular culture is less familiar with allows general audiences to experience something fresh while offering fan-service to devoted comic-book fans.
In other news, due to the fact that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit only made $135 million on a $60 million budget and received negative reactions from critics and fans alike, Jack Ryan will return in a television show. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which was directed by Thor-helmer Kenneth Branagh and starred Chris Pine, Kiera Knightley, and Kevin Costner, suffered from poor writing, directing, and editing. Jack Ryan was previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, and Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears. Reportedly, Carlton Cuse, who is known for being the showrunner for The Strain, and Graham Roland, who wrote episodes of Fringe, Lost, Almost Human, Prison Break, and The Returned, have a new take on the character, which unlike the first four films, is not based on any of Tom Clancy’s novels. Networks are bidding for this property and the winner will air it.
Are you looking forward to seeing the Court of Owls on Gotham and a Jack Ryan television series?
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