While Marvel and ABC are celebrating the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., DC Comics is hard at work at reestablishing its own brand on the big screen as well as the small screen. Deadline reported yesterday that FOX won bidding war to land the series Gotham, a series from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller that will bypass the pilot stage and immediately receive a series order.
Gotham will explore the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains within the DC Comics universe. In the show, Gordon is a up-and-coming detective for the Gotham City Police Department before meeting Batman, who will not have a role in the series. This is the first attempt of a television series within the Batman universe since The WB’s Birds of Prey in 2002, which was set in a post-Batman Gotham City and cancelled after seven episodes.
With the success of Arrow on The CW and Man of Steel at the box office, it was only a matter of time until DC Comics delved into its other franchises. Batman is the company’s most prized property. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy hauled in more than $2.4 billion internationally, and Warner Bros. is currently in the stages of rebooting the character. Though some fans may feel it is too soon, Warner Bros. has to respond to Marvel’s success and must quickly reintroduce its moneymaker.
It is unknown when the new series will launch, but I expect Fox and Warner Bros. TV to quickly get the show running sometime next year or in 2015 at the latest.
It truly is a golden age for comic book characters as they not only dominate the box office, but also television screens everywhere. The success of Arrow on the CW has encouraged the network to produce a series based on The Flash, which will be an origin story following Barry Allen.