GOTHAM, Commissioner Gordon Origin Story Lands at Fox
On the night Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made waves over on ABC, executives at Fox wasted no time announcing that they too are jumping on the comic book bandwagon. Tuesday, the network revealed that they had given a series commitment to the Bruno Heller, DC Universe drama, Gotham.
Gotham is described as an exploration of the origins of Commissioner James Gordon, the legendary character from the Batman franchise, and the villains that made Gotham City famous. According to entertainment website Deadline, “Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has not yet met Batman, who will not be part of the series.”
With the more procedural angle of the series, many comparisons are being drawn with Gotham Central. A number of readers are hopeful that the Fox television series will draw inspiration from the well received comic book authored by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka. Today Brubaker has wasted no time taking to his Twitter account, ending the speculation, “I don’t know anything about that Gotham show, and I have no idea if it’s anything to do with Gotham Central in any way. I’m guessing not.”
The series comes from writer Bruno Heller, who is best known as the creator behind the long-running procedural The Mentalist. Heller also served as a writer on the well-received and ground-breaking HBO series, Rome.
Gotham joins Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, and Arrow, which was a huge hit for the CW last year. The Arrow universe will be getting more crowded this season; a backdoor pilot featuring The Flash is scheduled to air later in the year.
With Gotham only announced today, details are constantly changing, and the series may look very different when a pilot is eventually put into production. Do you feel that the Gotham universe is one which needs further exploration? Will you be tuning in for Gotham when it reaches TV screens?