Fox and WB just released the very first trailer for this falls GOTHAM tv show!

With great hesitation and uncertainty, I would tag this as “Nolan-esque.”

And why not? The Christopher Nolan Batman movies are the benchmark now. Gotham has been ordered for a full season this fall on Fox, and it’s billed as “an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.” Ben McKenzie stars as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as mob boss Fish Mooney, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne and Camren Bicondova as young Selina Kyle. The PR also mentions “one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.” Gotham begins.

As you can see, this is a dark, gritty serious take on Batman, with all the villains as youngsters just discovering how evil they can be, and Gordon taking a grieving Bruce under his wing. This is really a nobrainer for a TV show provided it lives up to its promise.



  1. ” this is a dark, gritty serious take on Batman…”

    Aren’t they all?

    (All jokes aside, since the 1970s, and with a very few notable exceptions, such as the Brave and Bold cartoon, Batman has been all dark and gritty and serious. Did you really want a biff-pow-zap version again?)

  2. My understanding is that it was picked up with an initial 13 episodes to start with an opportunity for more. So not exactly a full season off the bat.

  3. @ Joe – While rare, cross-network crossovers HAVE happened. However, I wouldn’t expect it to happen, as I believe that the production companies are different, and I highly doubt either would be willing to help the other. Our chances of seeing an Avengers / X-Men movie are about as likely.

    In any case, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Detective Munch appearance (or mention) so that they could both join the Tommy Westphall universe.

  4. Since it’s airing on Fox (boooo!), it’s probably best not to get too emotionally invested in this – though it DOES look promising…

  5. @joe – How are they shooting themselves in the foot? Because there’s no continuity between the shows? DC Entertainment has the potential to have 5 shows on three different networks right now next season. They will definitely now have at least 2 and more than likely will have at least 3. Marvel still only has 1 show, and it is still considered to be on the bubble. I think Diane Nelson’s directive to have different iterations controlled by the creative voices making them (whither it be showrunners in TV or screenwriters/directors in the movies) is actually the complete opposite of what Marvel is trying to do (too hard in my opinion).

    What’s also interesting to me is it seems their vision for TV, movies and games is more of a creator’s vision approcah which is the complete opposite of what their publishing approach seems to be right now. Vice versa, Marvel seems to have an auteur approach to their publishing right now where as their movies and TV shows seem to be more “editorially mandated.” For lack of a better term.

    I think making sure everything syncs up is a huge mistake for these properties. And I think it’s amazing that Diane Nelson is giving the public enough credit that she thinks these things can exist in different iterations without confusing people. I also think DC has a far better backdoor with the multiverse concept already built into these things. In a sense, it ends up making all the DC properties, whether animated or live action, able to be tied together, even to the original comics.

  6. @ Erik / Joe
    Remember, the reason why we’re getting so many Marvel movies is because they are being done under different production companies. Spider-Man franchise with Sony/Columbia, FF and X-Men franchises with Fox, and the rest with marvel Studios.
    By splitting up the various potential TV shows to different networks, we’re more likely to actually see some of them come to fruition.

    BTW – At last count we’ve got: Arrow (airing), Gotham (committed to 13 episodes), Flash (pilot ordered), Constantine (pilot ordered), iZombie (pilot ordered), and Hourman, DMZ, and Preacher all in development.

  7. The geek in me (as if that’s hard to uncover) is pulling for the CW versions of Green Arrow and Flash to be absorbed into the Man of Steel/”Snyderverse” version of the Justice League in 2016.

    But that’s probably hoping for too synergy.

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