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Fox Orders ‘Gotham’ TV Series

Crime drama will show origins of Commissioner Gordon, Batman villains

After an intense bidding war, Fox has given “Gotham,” a new crime drama set in the Batman universe, a series commitment.

Set in Gotham City, the new show will focus on the early years of James Gordon (still a detective at this point) in the Gotham City Police Department while also presenting the origin stories of many well-known Batman villains. Batman himself will not be a part of the series, however.

Hailing from Warner Bros. Television, “Gotham” will be produced by Bruno Heller, who created the popular CBS procedural “The Mentalist.”

The new series will likely take inspiration from “Gotham Central,” a DC comic book series that focused on the inner workings of the Gotham City Police Department. Warner Bros. has reportedly been working on a Gotham-set television project for more than a year.

Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Commissioner Gordon has been an integral part of the Batman comic book universe ever since his debut in 1939. He has also appeared in several feature film adaptations of the Batman world, most recently in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, played by Gary Oldman.

DC properties have a long history on the small screen, the most successful series being the Superman origin story “Smallville,” which lasted for 10 seasons on The CW. More recently, “Arrow” has become a hit for The CW, with a spin-off focusing on the character of Barry Allen/The Flash in the works for 2014.

It’s currently unclear if “Gotham,” “Arrow” and “Flash” will be set in the same universe as the “Man of Steel” movie and the upcoming sequel, featuring a Batman/Superman team-up.

With casting expected to begin soon, “Gotham” will likely premiere on Fox in fall 2014.

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