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Batman prequel TV show 'Gotham' to feature young Commissioner Gordon

by Matthew Price Published: September 24, 2013

 

According to a report from Deadline, Fox has secured the rights to a new TV show to be called “Gotham.”  The show will feature the early days of Commissioner James Gordon in the days before he met the Batman, according to the report.   Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller are the creators.

This follows recent news from Warner Bros. that the Flash is set to appear in episodes of season two of “Arrow” before being spun off into his own TV series.   The “Flash” show would run on the CW network.

This is the first live-action series to be set in the world of Batman since 2002's "Birds of Prey." The 1966 “Batman” series also previously featured the Commissioner Gordon character. The Batman character will not be part of the program, Deadline reports.

Commissioner Gordon appeared in the first Batman comic, “Detective Comics” No. 27 in 1939.  The character has appeared in other media including film series, animated programs, and the previous live-action series.   He was most recently played by Gary Oldman in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

- Matt Price

(The story was edited to add that "Birds of Prey" was a Batman-related TV program.)

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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