Netflix has acquired the rights to Gotham weeks before its highly anticipated premiere on Fox, marking what is believed to be the first deal of its kind for a series that has yet to air. Deadline was the first to report the news.
Netflix and Warner Bros. announced today that each season of the highly anticipated Batman prequel series will be available on the streaming services beginning in 2015, after the initial broadcast dates on Fox, which kick off on Sept. 22.
The series, which was well received by critics in early reviews, is based on the story of Batman. It follows detective James Gordon and a recently orphaned Bruce Wayne when they “meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight.” Starring Ben McKenzie (Southland), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix Reloaded) and Sean Pertwee (The Musketeers), the show follows Gordon’s rise to Police Commissioner in the corrupt city of Gotham.
“Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, in a statement. “The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love.”
Netflix did not announce how much it paid for the series, but estimates put the figure around $1.75 million.