Fox Wins Detective Jim Gordon “Gotham” Television Series

September 25, 2013

After a huge bidding war, Fox has landed the series GOTHAM, from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller.

The series will explore the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series… kind of a bummer, but understandable.

The Gordon character was introduced in 1939 in the very first Batman comic. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Commissioner Gordon has appeared in comic books as well as Batman films and series, including in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, where he was played by Gary Oldman.

Superman had Smallville, but this is the first series featuring a character from the world of Batman in a very long time as WBTV had been exploring a Gotham City-set show for more than a year. It is the second high-profile WBTV/DC drama in the works for next season, along with Flash at The CW.

I wonder who they’re eyeing to play the title character. A lot of fans have begged Warner to hire Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) to play Lex Luther while other fans say he’d make a better Gordon. Honestly, I think Cranston would make an awesome Gordon in a live action series. He’s already voiced the character in the animated movie Batman: Year One.

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