The world of Batman is coming to the small screen. FOX has ordered a new drama called Gotham
about Commissioner James Gordon. It's being described as an origin story about the character "and the villains that made Gotham City famous."
The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller is at the helm, and the network has given the show a series commitment. And it should come as no surprise that a bidding war took place before it landed at FOX.
that at the time the show will take place, Gordon is still with Gotham City's police department as a detective. But since this is an origin story, Batman won't be featured, as the Commissioner hadn't met the Caped Crusader at this point in his life.
The character of Commissioner James Gordon goes back to 1939 when he was introduced in the first Batman comic that was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Considering his popularity with DC Comics fans, this is a great opportunity for Warner Bros. to find continued success with their brand on the small screen, following Smallville
and the upcoming Flash
spin-off, for which Grant Gustin recently landed the title role
. Just as fairy tale fantasies have become all the rage in recent years, superhero TV shows are picking up steam as well.
It's obvious DC Comics is trying to follow in the footsteps of another well-known comics franchise. Marvel began their Marvel Cinematic Universe by featuring four Avengers in their own individual films, then brought them all together for The Avengers.
It's no secret DC is attempting to do the same with the Justice League, starting with Superman and Batman. And Marvel just this week premiered their Avengers
spin-off TV show, Agents of SHIELD
, which debuted to huge ratings
. Now, DC wants their own small-screen success for the world of Batman.
Gary Oldman famously played Gordon on the big screen in Christopher Nolan's trilogy: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. It's unlikely Oldman will reprise his role in Gotham considering the story, as mentioned, takes place before he met Batman. But it would be a fitting nod if he had a quick cameo in the pilot.
This isn't the first time there has been a TV show set in the fictional city. For 2002's Birds of Prey, it was about New Gotham City after Batman abandoned it. The show aired on The WB and was cancelled after 13 episodes. Here's hoping Gotham fares better.
What do you think of this news? Will you watch a TV show about Commissioner Gordon?
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