Deadline has reported that Danny Cannon has been chosen to direct the pilot episode of Gotham, Fox’s upcoming Batman-related series exploring the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon. While the director of Judge Dredd (1995) and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer may not have impressive feature films on his resume, he does have a more noticeable body of work in television. He has worked as a producer and director on CSI, exec produced Nikita and is serving as exec producer on The Tomorrow People, whose pilot he also directed.
Gotham is set to explore Batman’s home city and the villains who made it famous. The series will give us a look at the days before James Gordon was commissioner; as a younger detective going head to head with some classic villains. Batman won’t be a part of the show, but we’re wondering if the series will incorporate Batgirl, since Gordon is the father or adoptive father, depending on the continuity, of Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl and later Oracle.
With Netflix’s massive Marvel deal on its way, and shows like Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hitting screens, it looks like we’re going to have a heap of comic-book inspired television shows vying for our viewing. Yes, television is (somehow) getting even more exciting.
Commissioner Gordon was previously played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.