Fox Nabs Gotham City Origin Drama About Commissioner Gordon From Bruno Heller & Warner Bros. TV With Series Commitment

Fox Batman TV Series Commissioner GordonEXCLUSIVE: In one of the biggest drama deals this season, after a bidding war, Fox has landed Gotham, from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, with a series commitment. For Gotham, Warner Bros TV is mining one of DC Comics‘ most popular character universes, Batman. It explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series. The Gordon character was introduced in 1939 in the very first Batman comic. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Commissioner Gordon has appeared in comic books as well as Batman films and series, including in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, where he was played by Gary Oldman. Along with the Superman franchise, the Batman universe is probably the most prized DC property.

While Superman spawned the long-running series Smallville, this is the first series featuring a character from the world of Batman in a very long time as WBTV had been exploring a Gotham City-set show for more than a year. It is the second high-profile WBTV/DC drama in the works for next season, along with Flash at the CW. In addition to Gotham, WME-repped Heller has the Mars drama Red at the CW. Gotham joins CBS’ sci-fi drama Extant as the two hottest drama projects this season, both sparking bidding wars and landing a series commitment and series order, respectively.

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Comments (70)

  • I am definitely going to watch this. Hopefully it does good. Good replacement for glee.

    Comment by Julio — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 6:42pm PDT  
  • This is bulls**t, why is the Batman universe so f**king important? The Batman universe is overdone to tears, you wouldn’t see them making a Young Perry White or a General Sam Lane series, it’s time to focus on the things that haven’t been done, Hawkman/Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Zatara and Zatana, Cyborg and as much as people hate him, because they’re stupid, Aquaman, who would single handedly kick the living crap out of most of the Justice League, with a few exceptions. Do something new, Batman is getting boring!

    Comment by DarkLordSolus — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 6:46pm PDT  
    • I agree

      I would much rather see a Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Hawkman or Hawkgirl series; rather than this.. a series about a character i dont even care about

      Comment by Mike — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 6:58pm PDT  
    • tell em why you mad son

      Comment by jonathan — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:03pm PDT  
      • lol

        Comment by Mike — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:26pm PDT  
    • Agreed. Hawkman would rule! We’re getting Flash with Arrow. Wonder Woman seems like it can never be done right so I’m not holding my breath. Black Vulcan would be cool too. And Apache Chief.

      Comment by Guy Gardner — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 8:00pm PDT  
    • Cause nothing else has worked yet that’s why they are doing this they tried Wonder Woman. Did NBC let anyone even see the pilot? But truthfully its cause Marvel is kicking DC butt with Avengers and iron man and now Shield blockbuster success. The only property that works right now is Batman for DC. They have to get a winner out so they are only backing a proven commodity. I want to see Penguin before his reign of terror or a young Harvey Dent! That could be fun. It could even be a noir detective style story following the Riddler clues. Im excited for it. Aaron Paul for young Gordon?

      Comment by IamtheBAT! — Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 2:39pm PDT  
  • You must be a Marvel Fan- shame on you

    Comment by Bruce Wayne — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 6:56pm PDT  
  • So this is BATMAN: YEAR ONE minus the Batman-beating-people-up stuff?

    Comment by RRA — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 6:58pm PDT  
  • DarkLordSolus = insecure Marvel fanboy who can’t read

    Comment by Sond — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:00pm PDT  
  • So stupid!! Let the Nolan crap die already…. And stop being reactionary to Marvel…. Who the hell cares about a Gotham series pre superheroes?

    WB is so stupid.
    They have so much at their disposal and can set the standard… But no. Forget any risk taking and just come crawling in second place to marvel all the time by being reactionary.

    WB needs new leadership

    Comment by Tevii — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:01pm PDT  
    • Reactionary to Marvel? Lol.

      WB has been very active in getting TV projects off the ground with their DC characters for over a decade. The list is long.

      Comment by John — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:36pm PDT  
    • Reaction to what? DC have been making TV shows for more than 20 years now. Go watch the crappy S.H.E.I.L.D tv series Marvel fanboy.

      Comment by Voodoo Vince — Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 6:05am PDT  
      • Sometimes I will go and read about new television. Personally, I like both DC and Marvel and I don’t care who “wins” as long as the story is told correctly.

        Truth be told knowing Fox like we do, they wont give Gotham the time it needs to develop. Not to mention they wont like paying so many royalties.

        In the end it is funny watching you comic book nerds fight over crap you will never have a say in…. Rock on Sheldon!

        Comment by anonymous — Sunday October 6, 2013 @ 2:54pm PDT  
    • You have no idea what you’re talking about. This project is a super cool way into this universe.

      Hawkman?! Are you f-ing kidding me?!!!!

      Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 3:14pm PDT  
  • I will watch it anything involving the batman universe is alway awesome.

    Comment by Gabe — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:03pm PDT  
    • This sentence hurts my brain…

      Comment by Santana — Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 5:59am PDT  
  • The lesser version of Gotham Central? Guess no one has to pay for the rights this way.

    Comment by brubaker — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:07pm PDT  
    • Warner Bros. owns the rights. They don’t want to tarnish the Batman brand, like they think Agents of Shield might cheapen Avengers/Marvel.

      Comment by buzz — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:16pm PDT  
    • Um, how do you figure? They have to pay just as much for the rights to Gotham City and characters like Gordon as they would for the rights to a single DC title.

      DC comics are all work-for-hire, so the company owns it all.

      Comment by Jon — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:18pm PDT  
      • The show is being produced by Warner Bros. TV. FOX is just airing it.

        Comment by Jeffmc2000 — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 8:17pm PDT  
      • If they called it “Gotham Central” they would have to pay Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka who wrote that particular title for DC comics. That’s why many (but not all) of the DC Animation DVDs have different titles than the comic stories they are specifically based on.

        Comment by Abie — Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 6:23am PDT  
    • I guess you missed the bidding war part of the story.

      I like the idea of this. GOTHAM CENTRAL had some fine stories and I think this has a lot of promise.

      Comment by Jeremy — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 8:28pm PDT  
  • Smallville ran for ten years. I’d hardly call that being ignored on TV. Superman has had FOUR live action TV shows since the 50s. Again, hardly being ignored.

    Comment by Michael — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:07pm PDT  
    • Don’t forget the several live action Superboy shows including the 1961 Superboy program.

      Comment by Johnny V. — Sunday September 29, 2013 @ 1:47am PDT  
  • This is kinda ridiculous, I mean we don’t need a series about a man who is a glorified popper to Batman. I loved Gary Oldmans’ interpretation, but a series with a new Gordon will not fly with the viewer. Why can’t WB just focus on getting their heros together and stop wasting precious time.

    Comment by JJ — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:12pm PDT  
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