GOTHAM Star On 'Mistakes' Made In First Season & What's Changing

Ben McKenzie as GOTHAM's Detective Gordon
Ben McKenzie as GOTHAM's Detective Gordon
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Credit: Fox

Ben McKenzie is in many ways the lead actor in Gotham, but that doesn't mean he won't admit to problems the first season had.

“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 told Entertainment Weekly. “That was just a mistake. We should’ve never done it.”

McKenzie also confessed that the changes to Gotham's schedule made things confusing for fans. 

“We were ordered for 16 [episodes]. We were going to have one break and come back and finish the rest of them in terms of the airing, and then we added six more, so we had to break again and then we had to come back again,” McKenzie said. “And it’s hard for the audience to follow that many changes in a series in terms of when it’s airing and when it’s not.”

But McKenzie is hopeful that season 2 will improve on the show's formula, introducing more villains and focusing on longer, more serialized arcs.

“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.”

Gotham premieres September 21 on Fox.

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