Fox is re-entering the comic book biz by developing a drama about Batman’s home.
Dubbed Gotham, the project from Warner Bros. TV will explore the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made the fictitious American city famous.
Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) will executive and produce the one-hour drama that’s already received a series commitment from Fox. The drama — which is the second DC concept to go up for grabs this fall after the CW began developing a possible spinoff with The Flash — reportedly ignited a bidding war.
The last time DC peddled a Gotham-inspired series was Birds of Prey in 2002 on the WB. That took place in the New Gotham City after Batman abandoned it. So did viewers, after 13 episodes.
With ABC’s Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. enjoying high awareness and The Walking Dead breaking ratings records, comic book-inspired TV series are definitely the hot new trend. And Gotham has lots of potential given all the DC mythology: The make-believe city that first surfaced on the pages of DC comics in 1940 is home to numerous mobsters (hey there, Carmine Falcone!), nefarious gangs and those larger-than-life loons like the Joker, the Penguin, and the Scarecrow. There’s also the crazy inhabitants of Arkham Asylum, which is located on the outskirts of the city and houses lots of legally sane foes of Batman. A veritable creep-apalooza!
Even better, the series could delve Wayne Family, before Bruce became the Caped Crusader.
This isn’t the first time Fox has looked to DC for a series. In 2010, it premiered Human Target, a Mark Valley starrer that was loosely based on the comic book character of the same name. The series was cancelled after two seasons.