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Gotham TV Show Coming to Fox

Will we finally get the GOTHAM CENTRAL show we've all been asking for?

Here's some fitting news for today. It's being reported that Fox won a bidding war for Gotham, a live-action TV show set in Batman's hometown. The show is supposed to explore James Gordon's story as well as some of the villains that have made the city so well known.

Warner Bros. TV and Mentalist creator Bruno Heller are on board to bring about a show where Gordon is still a police detective in the Gotham City Police Department. In other words, don't expect Batman anytime soon.

No further information has been released. We'll definitely keep an eye out for more details.

Source: Deadline

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Posted by Avilon

I love it!!!!

Posted by ComicStooge

Yeeeaaaaahhhhhhhh!

Posted by Smurfboy

This is a great news. But dang, FOX. I have a feeling this show probably won't last much longer. Dang FOX. :(

Posted by mksystem74

Oswald NEEDS the be the essential villain for the series. Like Lex was on Smallville. Oswald is Gotham's greatest enemy and he the type of character that can carry the series as the main bad guy.

Posted by manwithoutshame

Yeah, was just talking about how this should be a show with my roommate. I'm also excited this is on Fox instead of CW, not a fan of Arrow.

Posted by DCVibe

Sure, why not. I don't think they can go wrong unless they change characters that are not like their comic counterparts.

I wonder what their concept will be for this show, attempting to stop a big villain over the course of the season or individual cases that exploit how it is to live in Gotham.

Edited by feedonatreefrog

Michael C Hall as younger Gordon? (TV)

Cranston for older Gordon (movies)

Edited by Bogey

I hope it features Ben Affleck

Posted by Joygirl

RENEEEEEE

Posted by GraniteSoldier

I'm just gonna say it since it's still fresh in my mind.

DC's "Agents of Gotham"

First thing I thought of. But hey, if it's going to be good I'm all for it.

Posted by turel_hash_ak_gik

this is going to tank so fast

Posted by Wilbertus

I am so excited! I am curious to find out who has been casted.

Posted by TDK_1997

HELL YEAH!This will blow Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Posted by batpala

Hoping it has Renee Montoya and shows her home life but I have serious doubts because y'know Fox and all that. But one can hope. Might download this after it comes out and all that if I agree with casting and all that and they don;t whitewash poc characters like the CW did.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

Gary Oldman for Commissioner

Edited by SupBatz

On the one hand, I'm glad this is not on CW because it spares us the typical cheesiness and overly-romantic garbage.

On the other hand, Fox doesn't have the best track record ever.

I am very excited because Gotham Central was a great series and this is an excellent idea for a television series. I hope that they are ballsy enough with it to put it in a more comic-book like world rather than a more realistic world. That was one of the charms of Gotham Central, after all. Normal cops trying to keep up with a comic book world.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

Yes!!! Can we please have Bryan Cranston as Commish. Gordon?? This would also be a great way to introduce Barbara Gordon as well. It has the potential to crossover with Arrow/Flash and maybe go into the DC Cinematic Universe

Posted by sinestro_GL

As I mentioned on a separate thread on another forum, I am happy that this show is close to coming true, but I think there may be a bit of pressure from some fans to deliver familiar supporting characters...but like I said, I'm very happy about this.

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Might give the first one a watch.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I'll be watching this! I hope they portray Gordon like they did in Year One! He was a badass!

Edited by Michael_Moran

I am liking this

Posted by fodigg

GCPD would be amazing. I would even watch a GCPD show in a universe where Batman doesn't exist and it's just up to the force to deal with all the Bat villains.

Posted by Ares94

I like DC, but bad move here. I actually never cared for Gordon ...

Edited by batpala

@fodigg: Something a bit like No Mans Land pre Batman showing up?

Posted by Miss_Garrick

The question everyone should be asking is: "WILL WE EVER GET A SHOW THAT ISN'T BATMAN RELATED?? BECAUSE NOBODY CARES AND WE WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT!!"

Edited by Kangaxx_54

This is awesome! Gordon is a great character, and if they follow the themes from Gotham Central, it can only be a success.

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@batpala said:

@fodigg: Something a bit like No Mans Land pre Batman showing up?

Yeah, that could be cool. I mean, think of all the characters they could put on a show like that:

There's way more to work with in the GCPD than people might initially think, especially when you consider how many of them are or develop into actual superheroes in the comics. Azrael, The Spectre, and the Question vs. Two-Face, Penguin, and the Joker? Yeah, I'd watch that.

Posted by sasquatch888

The question everyone should be asking is: "WILL WE EVER GET A SHOW THAT ISN'T BATMAN RELATED?? BECAUSE NOBODY CARES AND WE WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT!!"

really??? i think people love batman and batman related shows that's why we keep getting them ...we've had different shows...arrow, smallville now its time for GOTHAM !

Edited by ThomasElliot

Ok, I'm intrigued... but let's make this the last 'supporting characters from a film get to star in their own TV series' show. That makes 3 (if you count the rumored Agent Carter series), and 3 is enough. I mean, what's next, a sitcom titled 'Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olson'? (Ah, wait... that actually sounds like fun...umm....)

What I want to know is:

- These characters going to tie into the films?

- Crossover with Arrow? The Flash spin-off?

Everyone's forgetting that Gotham has a rich crime and villainy history. A pre-Batman Gotham means seeing the beginnings of Cobblepot, Black Mask, Arkham, Harvey Dent, Harleen Quinn, various serial killers (Zsas, Calendar Man) etc. There can still be a lot of super-villain shenanigans in a prequel show about Gotham.

Posted by SynCig

I really really really hope this takes the tone of Gotham Central and really fleshes out the characters in the GCPD. I have seen it described as a Jim Gordon origin but I hope that is just an over simplification.

Posted by SynCig

@fallschirmjager: I assume you have not read Gotham Central? It is about the police in Gotham and is some of the best writing in comics IMO.

Posted by Veshark
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@miss_garrick said:

The question everyone should be asking is: "WILL WE EVER GET A SHOW THAT ISN'T BATMAN RELATED?? BECAUSE NOBODY CARES AND WE WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT!!"

Err, the last live action show that had anything to do with Batman was Birds of Prey... and that was how long ago and sucked how bad? (First episode of BoP has Aaron Paul BTW). And prior to Birds of Prey, what was the last live-action Batman-related TV series? 1960s Batman!

Meanwhile, in that same time period, Superman had 3 live action TV series. Heck, when it comes to live action TV series, Batman himself is actually tied with Wonder Woman, Arrow, Aquaman and The Greatest American Hero!

And no, I'm not going to include cartoons in this comparison because people aren't watching super-hero cartoons in prime-time slots on major network, non-cable TV. If we counted cartoons every time anyone mentioned 'TV series', then Spider-man would be prolific and played out as much as Batman.

But if your gist is we really need a new Wonder Woman show instead, I agree completely there.

Posted by Superbat420

@smart_dork_dude: how could you come up with the idea a few months ago? They've speculated making this show for over a year,..

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@syncig said:

@fallschirmjager: I assume you have not read Gotham Central? It is about the police in Gotham and is some of the best writing in comics IMO.

That doesn't mean it will be a good TV show. They didn't even say its based off that.

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Edited by mcbean

Hmmm could be cool if done right and I would recommend B list characters Ventriloquist, Mr.Pyg, Talia, Firefly or the Mad Hatter to change it up and mix in the A list characters later

Edited by superior_prime_maybe

I'm just gonna say it since it's still fresh in my mind.

DC's "Agents of Gotham"

I wish i was here in time to say that

Edited by Marionettegeist

Yes! I can't wait! I wonder what kind of villains it will have in the show. Falcone, Penguin, who else?

Posted by HeckTate

I have mixed feeling about this. On one hand, I want to see more well-done live action TV shows based on comic characters, but on the other, can we please stop just cranking out police dramas? I understand there's a bit of a "twist" to the standard crime drama, but that's the tagline for EVERY crime drama being made. Oh well, we will see.

Posted by DISOBEY_Finn

i dont think its going to last

Posted by ArmaX

Excellent! So excited that the CW didn't win the bidding war! If they would of won, we'd get a poster of a shirtless Gordon!

Posted by SynCig

@fallschirmjager: I know it isn't necessarily based off of it but I personally feel it is a concept perfect for television. Not saying it will be good because that has more to do with the writing and performances than the concept but I am excited for this.

Posted by Gordon Kelly

DC Comics are doing well then Marvel Comics. I never watch a Marvel movie or read there comics only DC and Vertigo comics. DC Comics are getting back in the game .

Arrow 2012-present

The Flash-2014

Gotham-2014

Posted by Supreme Marvel

@dabee said:

@supreme_marvel said:

Go be cancelled after episode 14.

Will you pipe down? Seriously... internet...

This is awesome news! I'm assuming the Falcone crime family will play a somewhat big role? This is really good news for the lesser known villains, hopefully they'll get some much deserved exposure.

EDIT: I always forget, tone doesn't come through text on the internet. I'm not saying "PIPE DOWN A**HOLE!" I mean it as in... this is time for celebration... take your negativity elsewhere.

No negativity on the idea. I love it. Its the negativity on the studio. FOX has a habit of making stupid decisions. Look at all the shows they cancel.

Posted by Jayc1324

Get oldman back, he's not doing any movies right now I don't think. Anyway this show sounds awesome.

Posted by Dabee

@dabee said:

@supreme_marvel said:

Go be cancelled after episode 14.

...this is time for celebration... take your negativity elsewhere.

No negativity on the idea. I love it. Its the negativity on the studio. FOX has a habit of making stupid decisions. Look at all the shows they cancel.

Oh, alright. I see what you're saying I read "go be cancelled" as hoping the show would be cancelled. (Telling it to go get cancelled.) Your name is "supreme_marvel" so I assumed it was some kind of Marvel supremacy thing hoping that the DC show would fail. I was wrong! =/ Shouldn't have made assumptions.

Posted by TommyJones1945

Meh. Same all Batthis, Batthat.

Posted by Supreme Marvel

@dabee said:

@supreme_marvel said:

@dabee said:

@supreme_marvel said:

Go be cancelled after episode 14.

...this is time for celebration... take your negativity elsewhere.

No negativity on the idea. I love it. Its the negativity on the studio. FOX has a habit of making stupid decisions. Look at all the shows they cancel.

Oh, alright. I see what you're saying I read "go be cancelled" as hoping the show would be cancelled. (Telling it to go get cancelled.) Your name is "supreme_marvel" so I assumed it was some kind of Marvel supremacy thing hoping that the DC show would fail. I was wrong! =/ Shouldn't have made assumptions.

I meant to say "Gonna be..." but I thought people would get it. My bad. Yeah, I get that Marvel thing all the time. However, I'm a BIG DC fan. Supreme Marvel, it's linked to him.

Posted by specialmonkey7

If this is going to work, they have to emulate the Gordon of "Year One" who is a former military guy that's not above sticking a baseball bat in a perp's mush. Preferrably, to someone like the Condiment King or Crazy Quilt....

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