Gotham: Fox’s Upcoming Series to Feature Classic Batman Characters

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Back in September, a heated bidding war ended in Fox‘s acquirement of a new TV series set in DC‘s Gotham City, the fictional home of Batman. At the time, it was explained that the show, developed by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, would focus on Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham famous before Batman’s appearance. In an announcement made earlier this week, however, Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed that the series will include all classic Batman villains and heroes, including the young Bruce Wayne himself.

Said Reilly: “The show will arc a young Bruce Wayne from a child (around 12) into the final episode of the series, when he will put on the cape.” As well as explaining how Batman came to be, the series will also give more in-depth backstories for the villains that he later comes to fight, such as Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler and The Penguin. “We will see how they get to become who they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge,” Reilly said, describing the show in general as “an operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality.”

Based on this, comparisons with Warner Bros. TV‘s popular Smallville series seem inevitable, right down to the shows’ similar titles. Like Gotham, Smallville is named after the hometown of a famous DC superhero, and its stories focus on the youth of a major franchise’s heroes and villains.

A pilot episode for Gotham has now been greenlit, and will be directed by Danny Cannon (director of 1995’s Judge Dredd movie). A writers’ room will gather in mid-February to develop the series further.

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Source: Deadline

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