Last night, Marvel expanded their reach into television with the debut of ABC's 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Well that very same night, FOX decided to get in on the act by producing a show for Marvel's biggest competitor: DC Comics. FOX has ordered a new drama series 'Gotham' set in the world of Batman, Gotham City. 'Gotham' will act as a prequel to the Batman stories and films we're accustomed to seeing, focusing instead on the early days of Batman's ally, Commissioner Jim Gordon.
FOX won 'Gotham' as part of a fierce bidding war between several networks. The man behind the series (who now has yet another high-profile sale under his belt) is Bruno Heller, the creator of the smash hit show 'The Mentalist.' The fifty-three year old Brit also wrote and produced 'Rome,' giving him a fairly stellar track record.
'Gotham' was purchased with a full series commitment; I suppose they can bypass the pilot stage when you consider that every Batman fan in the world will want to check this new series out. 'Gotham' will not only explore the origin story of Commissioner Gordon, but it will introduce several of Batman's rogues gallery. Just what those villains will be like before the appearance of Batman remains to be seen. 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, remaining even more of a staple character in Batman lore than Bruce's trusted butler, Alfred.
Batman prequels are all the rage, of late. 'Batman Year One' was released from Warner Bros Animation in 2011, chronicling the first meeting of Gordon and the Caped Crusader. The next installment in the popular 'Arkham' franchise of video games, 'Batman: Arkham Origins,' is about a young Batman meeting his rogues gallery. And now we'll have a television series that goes so far back that Batman is yet to exist! Note that while Heller's deal specifies that Batman will not appear in the series, it doesn't say anything about Bruce Wayne...
DC Comics are expanding further on television this coming year with CW debuting 'Flash,' a spin-off of 'Arrow.'