On the night Marvel launched Agents of SHIELD, it’s been revealed that DC is making another big step in television, with Commissioner Gordon getting his own live-action series, Deadline reveals. The Warner Bros. TV-produced series, called “Gotham” , has ended up at FOX. According to IGN, showing what a big deal Gotham is, it’s been given a straight-to-series order, bypassing the pilot stage.
The series will focus on a young Detective James Gordon and “the villains that made Gotham famous.” Bruno Heller from Rome, and The Mentalist, is writing the Commissioner Gordon series, which will most likely be launching during the 2014-2015 TV season. Gotham will take place before Gordon meets Batman, who will not be a part of the series. Giving viewers an in depth look at the young detective’s life before Batman’s siege on Gotham.
DC already has one TV show currently on the air, Arrow, and a second is very possible for next year – with The Flash being introduced on Arrow in Season 2 as a potential spinoff character. That being the case, it’s possible we could have three DC-based series on the air by next fall.
IGN also reports that the announcement of “Gotham” is another sign that the Christopher Nolan Batman era is over. It was known that DC and Warner Bros. would never allow any direct tie-ins to Batman on Smallville and there were rumors that Nolan himself squashed the potential young Dick Grayson series, The Graysons, that The CW was developing, not wanting any Batman-related live-action projects occurring during his uber-successful film trilogy. But with a new Batman coming to the movies, in the form of Ben Affleck, we’re now going to get our first James Gordon since Gary Oldman played him for Nolan – albeit an even younger version than we met in Batman Begins, it seems. To us at RTV, it makes perfect sense in the Batman universe.
In the past decade, most DC-based TV shows have aired on The WB and its successor, The CW, including Smallville, Birds of Prey (the last Batman-related TV series), Arrow and, if it happens, The Flash. However, FOX did air a DC-based project in recent years, Human Target. A few of years ago, FOX developed a potential Punisher TV show with Marvel, and that project never saw the light of day.
How Gotham might tie into Arrow (and The Flash), if at all, is unclear at this point. Given the different networks they’re airing on, crossovers would certainly be more difficult, and the pre-Batman era Gotham is taking place in might leave it as a series standing on its own in any event.
Source: Eric Goldman, IGN