Reported by Justin Datu.
With the debut of Marvel’s Avengers spin-off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, FOX has jumped on the superhero bandwagon after winning the bidding war to purchase the rights for a Batman spin-off based on Gotham’s second greatest crime fighter, Commissioner Jim Gordon.
While Batman himself will not be appearing in the series, fans of the franchise can expect to see familiar faces as the series follows Jim Gordon’s early years in the Gotham Police Department as he deals with “the villains that made Gotham famous.”
After outbidding Warner Bros for the rights, Fox has fast tracked the series with a straight-to-series order, which means that the pilot stage will be skipped.
The series has been dubbed “Gotham” and Bruno Heller, writer of Rome and The Mentalist has been attached to write.
No word yet on actors to play the role of Jim Gordon, which was last played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s billion dollar Dark Knight series to much critical acclaim.
The character was created by writers Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 1939, with his first appearance in Detective Comics #27. Since then, he has been a fixture of Batman’s supporting cast, appearing at the Dark Knight’s side in every medium from comics, to cartoons to movies and even to videogames.
This will mark the first Batman spin-off series since the ill-fated Birds of Prey on The WB (now known as the CW) which was cancelled in 2003 after a lukewarm critical and audience reception. The CW has long played host to DC’s television adaptation as it aired the long running Superman based series Smallville as well as the successful and currently airing Arrow, based on the adventures of DC Comics superhero, the Green Arrow.
Gotham will be the first Batman franchise series to be produced by FOX.
The series is expected to be launched within the 2014-2015 TV season.