Update 1/13/14: Today Fox executive Kevin Reilly took the stage at the Television Critics Association and revealed quite a bit of new info about the future of Fox's new TV shows. The juiciest tidbits for movie fans regard Gotham. We now know that the network will basically be trying to re-create the CW's Smallville, but with the world of Batman.
We already knew the series would focus on James Gordon (before he became the police commissioner), but now we know that it will have Bruce Wayne in it (albeit as a young boy), and will serve as an origin story for everyone's favorite Batman villains. It is a little strange that Bruce Wayne will be 12 years old, while characters like Catwoman and the Penguin will presumably be older. But still, if you liked Smallville (the first few seasons were actually pretty great), odds are you'll probably like this formula, too.
Oh, and Reilly said that the ideal end of the show would be seeing Bruce Wayne become Batman.
Previously 9/25/13: Commissioner Gordon Is Getting His Own Show in the Batman Spin-off 'Gotham'
After a fierce bidding war, Fox has earned the rights to develop and air a new television series entitled Gotham – a series focusing on the early days of Commissioner James Gordon.
Fox has a series commitment for the show, which comes from Warner Bros. and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. The show will focus on Gordon’s early days as a detective, well before he was commissioner, and will not feature Batman. It should, however, feature members of Batman’s infamous Rogues’ Gallery – which is arguably the next best thing.
The timing of this reveal is probably not a coincidence, as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made its official debut last night. While popular opinion puts DC well behind Marvel when it comes to creating success in the feature film arena, the situation is reversed on the small screen – where DC has been working on bringing their universes to viewers for years.
Can a show set in Gotham City without its most famous protector work out? Only time will tell. Casting of the Gordon role will be crucial – and I’ve already seen at least 10 people suggest that Bryan Cranston play the role. Maybe he can play Gordon and Lex Luthor, which would make him DC’s answer to Chris Evans.
I'd guess Cranston's too old for the part, and that we won't be seeing Gary Oldman in the role again either. I suspect someone young and relatively unknown will play the future commissioner on the show, but let the speculation begin.
Expect to hear lots more about Gotham in the weeks and months ahead, but until then, let us know if you’re excited about this project or if you’d prefer DC and Warner Bros. to give some of the other characters in the company’s comics a shot at the spotlight.
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