DC Comics has just announced that FOX has won the auction for their new TV show, Gotham. This series will follow James Gordon’s early days as a Gotham cop, and although it will feature many of the city’s famous villains, it will happen before Batman comes into play.
Gotham will be produced by Warner Bros. Television, and it’s going to be directed and written by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist). Just to show how much FOX is investing in this series, it has been commissioned with a “straight-to-series” status, meaning it will jump over the pilot episode hassle and go straight into action. There are still no casting news, but Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) probably won’t be involved, seeing as the character is supposed to be younger. The series will presumably air during the 2014-2015 TV season.
This announcement comes right after Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. great premiere. The first episode was seen by 11.9 million people, making it the most watched drama premiere in the last four years. This, plus Arrow and its potential spin-off Flash, and the recently announced Agent Carter show, makes us think that the big comic companies might be trying to explore new possibilities beyond the realm of cinema.
Is this a good or a bad thing, though? Tell us what you think!