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DC Comics news: Young Wayne in "Gotham" and John Rood leaves DC Entertainment

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The latest heap of DC Comics related news items for December 7th - 9th, 2013!

"Gotham" TV show looks to cast Bruce Wayne!

Announced at the end of September, Fox has committed to a season run of a show called "Gotham" which stars a young James Gordon as a detective in the Gotham City Police Department during the early and corrupt era of the city with more mobsters than garish freaks. The show will be run by Bruno Heller, creator of "The Mentalist" and beyond that, little is known until now.

An additional tidbit is that another famous Batman character will appear in the show - a very young Bruce Wayne. A casting call for the company has announced the role for a child actor portraying the famous figure at age ten, soon after the murder of his parents Thomas and Martha Wayne in "crime alley". It further describes that such a high profile murder is one of the priorities that detective Gordon will have to solve, at least in the first season. The role of "young Wayne" is described as a "regular" one for the show.

No other roles or casting decisions are known yet, as it is very early days for this production. The last DC Comics property which aired on Fox was "Human Target", which ran for two seasons. Fox also retains some rights over the 1966 "Batman" show which starred Adam West and Burt Ward, and such rights have long kept Warner Brothers from selling the popular show on home video. "Gotham" is but one of several TV shows that DC Entertainment has in development, which include "John Constantine" on NBC, "Preacher" on AMC, and "The Flash" on The CW.

Executive Vice-President of Sales & Marketing downsized?

According to "The Beat", executive VP of sales and marketing John Rood is leaving DC Entertainment at the end of the year. His position has been "merged" under the chairmanship of Amit Desai, who is currently the senior VP of franchise management. Considering DC Comics is moving whole hog to California, some positions being eliminated from the reshuffle was expected by some insiders. "The Beat" hears that the move to California did not factor into Rood leaving his position.

Rood started out working for Warner Brothers and DC Comics before working for Disney/ABC TV for ten years under a similar title of sales and marketing. He rejoined DC in 2010 and was part of Diane Nelson's five person team when she reorganized things into DC Entertainment. He pushed DC's digital incentives as well as the "New 52" promotion heavily and frequently gave interviews online about the company alongside Bob Wayne. While comic writers and artists fleeing DC Entertainment in the past few years has almost become a running gag, it isn't everyday when a senior executive splits for greener pastures.

Amy Adams wants harmony, not a romantic triangle, in "Batman vs. Superman"!

Since Amy Adams, the Oscar award winning actress who played Lois Lane in this summer's "Man of Steel" is making the rounds promoting her latest project "American Hustle", questions will be thrown at her about the next film in the Superman/Zack Synder era. Last week, the world found out that Gal Gadot ("Fast & Furious 6") has been cast as Wonder Woman in the film, and it is very probable that was when Adams herself learned of this news. This has led to speculation that the film could seek to emulate the current "New 52" comics which have Superman and Wonder Woman as a romantic couple - at least in "Justice League" and "Superman/Wonder Woman".

When asked by Super Hero Hype about a possible love triangle, Adams stated, "I hope that I can be involved with a woman on screen where we’re not in a love triangle. That would be fun. Maybe where we team up together and we work as teammates instead of adversaries". Beyond being confirmed for the film (alongside Henry Cavill's Superman and Laurence Fishbourne's Perry White), much about this film is still a mystery, including its official title. It would be enlightening if the two most well known female figures in DC Comics history (and comic book history, period) didn't have their first meeting in film marred by fighting over a man.


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