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Writer Bruno Heller of Fox's 'Gotham' sees Joker similar to Heath Ledger

Executive producer/writer Bruno Heller of 'The Mentalist' speaks during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 18, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.
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According to International Business Times on Saturday, Fox's "Gotham" writer Bruno Heller seems to be satisfied with his plans for the TV series written as the prequel to "The Dark Knight" movies. Heller, who is also the creator of "The Mentalist" gives an awareness of how his own version of The Joker will come to light with similarities to that of the Heath Ledger version from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight".

A recent interview with Heller entails how he'll bring the psychotic character to light in the "Gotham" TV series. In fact, he thinks that The Joker will be the "crown jewel" of the villainous line-up within the show. Heller even believes he'll surpass what was done in the Nolan series of films starring Christian Bale. The writer will think it will be more visually stunning than the films.

The Fox TV show will focus on young Detective James Gordon, played by "Southland's" Ben McKenzie, in the events prior to Batman's coming of age and also around the time of the death of Bruce Wayne's parents, at least as seen in the "Gotham" trailer. It will feature Gordon as a rookie in an environment as he evolves along with the growing corruption within. Villains will be "made" on this show as characters such as Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, The Joker, and others start off as ordinary folks while the audience come to witness their evolution towards an adversarial role against Bruce Wayne.

For those who haven't seen the Nolan films just yet, Gary Oldman is the famous actor that portrayed Gordon and took on the status of Commissioner Gordon in "The Dark Knight" starring Ledger. Heller was asked about the young actor that was chosen to play the young Bruce Wayne and he had good things to say.

"Without doubt — including the people who played Batman. He is a genuine prodigy of an actor, as you will see on screen. Frankly, before David was cast, I was ambivalent about how much we would use Bruce Wayne in the series".

"Gotham" makes its debut this Fall.

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