A new show set in the Batman universe is coming to the small screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the prequel series Gotham will be based on Batman character Commissioner James Gordon and is set to air on Fox.
Because it is a prequel, The Dark Knight, who will be played by Ben Affleck in Man of Steel 2, will not appear on the show, but various villains from the comics might show up.
Gordon was played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, while Pat Hingle played him in the four previous films from Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher.
Right now The CW airs Arrow (based on the Green Arrow) and has plans for a Flash spinoff, so don’t expect any crossovers.
So far, DC has an uneven track record with bringing its properties to the small screen. Superman helped jump start Smallville, which lasted 10 seasons.
However, this isn’t the first time TV bosses have tried to set a show in the world of Batman. Birds of Prey, which aired in 2002, focused on the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. It was yanked after 13 episodes. An early attempt at The Flash in 1990 also flopped.
Pilots for Aquaman and Wonder Woman have also been shot, but never aired.
Commissioner Gordon has also had a starring role in the comics with his own long-running series Gotham Central. Written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, the 40-issue series focused on the detectives in the Gotham City Police Department with appearances from Mr. Freeze, Mad Hatter and the Joker, among others.
The new show will be written by The Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller.
No air date has been set for Gotham (presumably it’ll debut next fall), but it will be following Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which debuted last night.
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