After an intense bidding war, television network FOX has landed the rights to Gotham, a new series from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. Gotham will tell the origin stories of James Gordon and Gotham City’s most popular villains. Gordon is still only a detective in the TV series and hasn’t met Batman yet. In fact, Batman will not be part of the show at all.
The origins tale centering on the DC Comics fixture comes to the network from Warner Bros. Television. The series will be executive produced and written by The Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller. News regarding Gotham City’s most notable police officer comes on the same day that ABC launched its own comic franchise, Agents of SHIELD – from corporate sister Marvel — based on the long-running intelligence group featured in the comics.
Gordon was of course most recently played on screen by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, which also followed Gordon up the ranks from a police offer to the eventual police commissioner.
Warner Bros. had been exploring a Gotham City-set show for more than a year added Deadline. It will join Arrow and a potential Flash series (both on the CW) as network dramas based on DC Comics properties.