Fox Orders Batman Prequel ‘Gotham’ to Series

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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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  1. nuisance says:

    Gee. I was just starting to feel Almost Human again since the very disappointing news of the cancellation of one of my fav shows. This just brings back the rage. fox sucks.

  2. Looks good but God why FOX? FOX Network is the worst network for any new show with potential! I’m sorry but I just can’t get invested in another FOX Show just to have it cancelled months later.

  3. Mike Sa says:

    Oh it’s gonna be on Fox?…Cancelled within the first few episodes..knowing the track record of shows on Fox…

  4. Dead In Hell says:

    Cool. Maybe now they can air the episodes completely out of order and then cancel it after one season, the Fox way.

  5. Jim says:

    Looks like a snoozer. The only reason I care about Gotham City is because BATMAN lives there. Not Jim Gordon or a small-fry Bruce Wayne. Take Batman out of the picture (pun intended) and I’ll pass on this project.

  6. ohhh god fox is making it.. the will be 5 episodes in and it will be cancelled no matter how good it is

  7. Instead of a show before Batman make one about Batman!

  8. Oh good, this means it will be canceled after one season. *facepalm…. fox execs are a bunch of idiots.

  9. Frank X says:

    Why is ‘Gotham’ going be made by FOX when DC Comics is owned by Time-Warner?

  10. Fox and scifi. Yep, that’ll work out for the fans.

  11. How about instead of anything new, Fox just goes back to keeping Almost Human on air. I don’t really want to watch anything on Fox now just because of the risk that they’ll cancel it

  12. Wicasawakan says:

    It better be a great show since so many people hate anything FOX related.

  13. It’ll be cancelled after one season like all the others before it that Fox shows…

  14. Jim Stewart says:

    This is about as logical as ‘rebooting’ Smallville (please don’t) and instead of it featuring Clark Kent have it focus on Johnathan an Martha’s struggles as Kansas farmers before they stumbled upon Kal-El’s crashed Kryptonian rocketship in a field. Why do ‘They’ keep taking a storyline that nearly everyone knows and create a world so far removed from that original universe that it becomes unrecognizable? I will give this news and promo trailer 1 star because it was in focus and the characters names were pronounced properly. Might last a full season, but doubtful.

    • Evidently you have never read Gotham Central. You would understand that the world of police detectives in Gotham City is a fully-fleshed world outside of the superhero norm and very worthy of its own show.

  15. James Cates says:

    So let me get this straight: They dump a great show (Almost Human) and think that a prequel to Batman’s story following a younger Gordon is going to succeed? What am I complaining about? They know what is good and what isn’t. That’s why they dumped Firefly, just to piss off all the fans. I give Gotham 1 season and it will be gone, because A) a minor character cannot carry a franchise origin story, and B) if they do manage to make it well, it will have enough fans to piss off with it’s cancellation.

  16. tobiaspunk says:

    This looks like it will be amazing! The amount of potential for a series like this is endless.

  17. sparker says:

    Quick spot of back-story editing, ignore the inconsistencies, and hope no-one thinks too closely about the fact the the city NEEDED Batman, which indicates Gordon was having no effect, and we could have a good series… Or, as is more likely, a steaming pile of angst ridden, short lived crap.

    • Aaron says:

      While this is a “different timeline”, in the general comic book timeline, Gordon was not “not having any effect” but he didn’t come to Gotham until the events of Year One. And Gordon most certainly had an effect on cleaning up the force. The GCPD is fully fleshed out, and I suggest you read Gotham Central.

  18. Rob Tek says:

    on your mark, get set… garbage :P

  19. Rob Tek says:

    this is gonna just be like agents of shield :P no name no bodys with the mention of a real HERO but no sign of them :P

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    Reblogged this on Global News Now.

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