Fox has landed a deal for Gotham, a TV drama series that explores the origins of DC Comics’ Commissioner James Gordon of Batman fame and the villains that made Gotham their home. The news comes as Fox won out on a bidding war for the Warner Bros. TV property (conveniently timed to release just after the premiere of Marvel’s foray into television with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; read Evan’s review here). Fox has also made a series commitment for Gotham, scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist). Hit the jump for more on Gotham and for a look at past appearances of Gordon on the small screen.
Deadline reports that Fox will bring the Gotham series to TV. The show will see Gordon working as a detective at the Gotham City Police Department before he even meets Batman. In an interesting note, the Caped Crusader is not intended to be part of the series. (Also interesting to see Fox land the project, which might be an indication of its tone since it isn’t playing on The CW, a network that has found success with the DC property Arrow, and hopes to repeat with a Flash spin-off.)
Regardless, this is the first time in quite a while that a live-action Batman adaptation will hit the small screen. Gordon, created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, first appeared alongside Batman in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. He didn’t appear on television until the 1960s series with Adam West, in which Gordon was played by Neil Hamilton. Although Gordon played second fiddle to Batman in that series, he’ll get his own shot at taking on Gotham’s villains in this new iteration.