‘Gotham’ Showrunner: “Superheroes Don’t Work Well On TV”

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Superhero and comic book properties aren’t just exploding on the big screen, but also the small screen with both Marvel and DC Comics TV shows existing on almost all the major networks and cable. Marvel currently has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC where it is entering its fourth season, while on The CW, we have The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow.

Over at FOX, they have the Vertigo property Lucifer and the DC drama Gotham, which is the focus of this story as Bruno Heller, showrunner and executive producer of the Batman prequel, had some big things to say about superhero shows. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Edinburgh Television Festival, Heller stated that he doesn’t think superheroes work quite as well on television.

“I don’t think superheroes work very well on TV. Probably because of the costume thing. TV is about real people and faces, and not so much about magic and the supernatural things. That’s why he chose James Gordon as the focus character of the show.”

What do you think of Heller’s statement about superheroes not working on television? Do you agree or disagree with Heller? Let us know in the comments below.

Gotham Season 3 begins on Monday, September 19 at 8/7c on FOX.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • A Realist

    That’s probably why Gotham sucks so much.

    Also tell that to Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Ya know…FROM THE SAME COMPANY AS YOU. What a putz.

    • PretenderNx01

      You mean those shows that get lower ratings than his? LOL

      • A Realist

        Did you really ‘lol’? Did you really get yourself? If you did, you live a sad existence.

        Regardless, it’s funny you mention that, considering in its debut season, Flash ended up being the highest rated show on TV. And while The Flash had 3.54 million viewers last season to Gotham’s 4 million–down 50%–and on a major network, the luxury of which thoae CW shows don’t have.

        Try again.

  • Tom Bacon

    He also says magic doesn’t work. Yeah, Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

    • Chris W

      Game of Thrones.

      • Hinscher


  • Andy Gladman

    Which is why Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Daredevil are amazing, while Gotham and Agents of SHIELD are crap in comparison? Superheroes started in the serial format of comics and that translates brilliantly to television. Superhero shows without superheroes just don’t work.

    • Overlord Doom

      I agree that Gotham sucks, but AoS is a great show. Many characters on the show have super powers.

  • Chris W

    To have your showrunner think in such basic terms… no wonder Gotham is so dumb.

  • flavortang

    How is this guy employed? He sounds like a r#tard.

  • Marquis de Sade

    …and here I was thinkin’ the only place superheroes don’t work in any form is the dank dark halls of the dceu theatrical division. BWAHAHAHA!