Audience will soon get a look at a small screen interpretation of one of DC Universe’s famous cities, Gotham. Fox Network announced on Monday, May 5, 2014 that they would be creating a new series, Gotham, a drama based on the early career of commissioner James Gordon, before the legendary partnership between him and Batman was formed. Thirteen episodes are slated for this fall.
The Batman prequel will explore the origin stories of not only Commissioner James Gordon played by Ben McKenzie, (Southland, O.C.), as a rookie detective on the Gotham police force. It will also tell the stories of a number of other characters including, police detective Harvey Bullock, (Donal Logue, Sons of Anarchy), Gordon’s partner and mentor, a young cat woman played by Camren Bicondova and young Poison Ivy. Fans will also learn to history of super villains like, Riddler, (Cory Michael Smith, Camp X-Ray) and Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, The Walking Dead).
The series has also casted, Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix films) as crime boss Fish Mooney a new character introduced in the series. Gordon’s fiancée, Dr. Barbara Kean, played by Erin Richards (Open Grave, Breaking In) will also be a permanent fixture on the show along with Sean Pertwee (Camelot, Elementary), who plays Alfred Pennyworth, Wayne’s butler and Gordon’s boss, Captain Essen, played by Zabryna Guevera (Burn Notice).
In the series’ trailer, Gordon and Bruce Wayne played by newcomer David Mazouz (Touch) will meet for the first time after the murder of Bruce’s parents. In the scene Gordon says, “However dark and scary the world might be right now, there will be light. There will be light, Bruce.” The scene introduces the fans to the very beginning of their relationship and shows just how influential Gordon was to Wayne.
Fox new series, Gotham, looks to reveal an entirely new chapter that has yet to be told, going deep into the beginnings of on of the most epic stories. Fans will get to see all the dark choices Gordon had to face and the decisions that were made in order to protect the fair people of Gotham. Warner Bros. signed on Bruno Heller, executive producer (The Mentalist) to write the pilot and Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (CSI, Nikita) to direct and executive produce.
Exploring the events that made each of the infamous DC characters what they are today, Fox’s new series is already stealing the attention of the web and social media everywhere. Gotham is one of three drama’s ordered by Fox for the 2014-15 television series It will be joining a list of new shows including Empire, Red Band Society, Backstrom, and Hieroglyph.
A premiere date has not yet been announced and Warner Bros. has teased that the possibility of more Batman/DC alumni’s might make an appearance, but it is still yet to be confirmed. Nevertheless, unlike Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, the series is not planning on any television/film crossovers with any of Warner Bros current or future feature film versions of the Batman franchise.
The Gotham legends of Fox’s new series are not the only DC characters making waves in TV Land. CW’s Arrow is in its third season and the Flash could also get a spinoff series. The CW ordered a pilot about the character after he was introduced on Arrow this season.
By Virginia Snowden