Fox has secured a deal for a prequel television series centered on a younger James Gordon. Gordon, who goes on to become Gotham’s commissioner and Batman’s ally, served as a detective in Gotham’s police force before working his way to the top of a corrupt justice system in a decaying city. The television series will focus on his time as a detective and is said to include some of the iconic villains from the Batman universe, however it will not feature the Caped Crusader himself (though this doesn’t mean that one Bruce Wayne won’t make an appearance in the show in one form or another).
The show is being produced by creator of The Mentalist Bruno Heller with a full series order from Fox. No word yet on casting or when the show is set to premiere, but we do have a title: Gotham.
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As long as they keep the origin of the Joker off-limits, I’m all for this. Hopefully it will be a well-made police procedural with just enough weirdness to set it apart. And maybe we’ll finally get to see a serious take on The Riddler. Also, the backstory of Tim Burton’s version of the Penguin (a circus freak turned serial killer) would make a terrific basis for an episode or two. I just hope they cast someone good as Jim. Gary Oldman was the living embodiment of the character, and his performance will be hard to match.