Ben McKenzie on where Gotham Season 1 went wrong, and how Season 2 fixes it

Gotham was a major hit for Fox last season, but it was also one of the most divisive shows on TV among superhero fans. There are plenty of points of contention, from whether the show should really tell a Joker origin story to making the Penguin so much older than Batman to drawing out the backgrounds of characters who might have been better off as supervillains from the beginning (ahem, Ivy Pepper).

One of the biggest issues that the show is directly addressing for its upcoming second season, though, is moving to a more serialized format and ditching the procedural element that defined so many of Season 1's episodes. Several times over the course of the first season, the show featured Gordon and Bullock discovering a villain, catching them and tossing them in Arkham, then moving on to the next one. Longtime Batman fans know that it's never really that easy when it comes to Gotham City supervillains, and Gotham star Ben McKenzie admits that it was a shortcoming for the show.

“I think we made a mistake relatively early on in trying to introduce a villain and take care of that villain in one episode: catch them, send them to Arkham, do whatever,” McKenzie said. “That was just a mistake. We should’ve never done it.”

So, for Season 2, the cast and crew are gravitating toward drawing out stories more, giving the audience time to get to know all of the series' villains while also, hopefully, delivering compelling plotting.

“The audience really wants to understand who these people are and live with them, sit with them and enjoy them. Whether they’re evil or good, they are entertaining. So that’s what we’re doing in season 2. [It’s] really kick ass. I think it’s exactly what the fans want to see.”

So get ready for a different kind of Gotham when it returns next month. What do you think? Will serializing the show more fix its Season 1 issues?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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