On the eve of Marvel’s latest venture, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., DC announced that they will be dropping another hat into the TV ring: Gotham. Gotham will be a show revolving around a young Detective James Gordon in the mean streets of Gotham City. This will all take place before meeting the famed Dark Knight and will center around the “villains that made Gotham famous”…Batman will not be in the show.
The series, which was won in all out bidding war by Fox, is already getting the green light for straight-to-series with no pilot. Gotham will be penned by Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist) and will presumably air in the 2014-2015 season.
Not only is the announcement of the show a direct answer to S.H.I.E.L.D., it comes with Arrow’s season 2 premiere coming in just few days. DC has had some hits of late (Arrow, Smallville and a probable Flash spinoff; all of which were WB/CW shows), but also a couple giant misses with Birds of Prey and Human Target…so some skepticism is justified. Gotham’s announcement will also officially signal the end of the Nolan-era Batman. Nolan was very protective of his property even going as far as to deny a Bruce Wayne character on the aforementioned Smallville and canning a green-lit TV series called The Grayson’s (centering on a young Dick Grayson…bring this back, please!) which would have also been on the CW.
James Gordon has been in the Batman and DC Universe for decades (first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939) and is a deep character deserving of a show. He has been in featured comics such as GCPD and Batman Black and White. Don’t believe me? Check out this clip from the magnificent DC Animated movie, Batman: Year One:
Now, for the opinion piece: I’m crazy excited for this show!! I am a big Gordon fan and having a crime drama series revolving around him and the GCPD just sounds amazing. As long as they keep the atmosphere dark and gritty and don’t go over the top with the notorious villains in the Gotham universe, the show will be spectacular. I am looking forward to seeing who DC and Fox will cast in the varying roles. The real intrigue here, however, is what (if any) connection that there will be between the two networks carrying the DC properties. Regardless, I am looking forward to the show…but what do you think? Shout it out below!