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Fox Orders Batman Prequel ‘Gotham’ to Series

Fox has officially given a series order to “Gotham,” the WBTV-produced drama about a young James Gordon — the police official whom “Batman” fans know as an eventual ally to the Caped Crusader.

Ben McKenzie plays Gordon in the series, which previously had a series commitment at the network. The cast also includes Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Mazouz, Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova, Erin Richards, Sean Pertwee, Zabryna Guevara and Cory Michael Smith.

Watch the ‘Gotham’ Trailer:

Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Danny Cannon (the “CSI” franchise, “Nikita”). John Stephens (“Gossip Girl,” “The O.C.”) will also serve as executive producer on the series, which is based on the DC Entertainment characters.

“Gotham” is one of what will be a slew of series pickups, renewals and cancellations announcements to come in the next few days as the broadcast nets prepare for next week’s upfront presentations in New York. Fox might see some added attention this year, as chairman Kevin Reilly famously stated at January’s Television Critics Association that he plans to reinvent the development process wheel this year. On the studio side, this announcement is an important one for WBTV, as it emphasizes its broader strategy of doing more with DC Comics properties.

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