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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