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Warner Bros.’ Gotham City Origins Tale Lands at Fox

'Mentalist' creator Bruno Heller to shepherd DC Comics property

Warner Bros. continues to reach deep into the DC Comics vault to develop not just film properties but TV series. The latest project, “Gotham,” has a the sizzle of being associated with the Batman franchise and has landed a big commitment from Fox.

Project is a Gotham City origins story shepherded by Bruno Heller, creator of CBS’ “The Mentalist.” Story will explore the roots of Commissioner James Gordon, a regular figure in Batman tales, and the villains that put Gotham on the map.

Heller is writing the script and will exec produce. Fox has given a series commitment to the project, which is not quite an on-air order but a hefty down payment that puts “Gotham” on the fast track to pilot production.

News was first reported by Deadline.

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