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The Gotham TV series will trace Bruce Wayne from child to hero and feature Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin and more

Jan. 13, 2014by:

Last we heard, Fox's DC inspired television series GOTHAM would possibly have a role for a young Bruce Wayne. Now, we know that Wayne will be a central figure in the James Gordon-centric origin series. While the original description of the show was that of a police procedural that followed Gordon as he started as a beat cop in Batman's home town. But, like the CW series ARROW, GOTHAM is not going to ignore the countless characters that inhabit the fictional metropolis. According to FOX chairman Kevin Reilly, they will be integral to GOTHAM.

The show will track Bruce from a child (around 12-year-old) until he puts on a cape (in the finale), he said. Also on tap are the Ridler, Catwoman, the Penguin. We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teethering on the edge, Reilly said. It is an operatic soap with a larger than life quality.

GOTHAM was already given a series commitment by FOX which means at least one full season of the show is bound to air. The comment from Reilly that the end of the series will be when Bruce Wayne becomes Batman is similar to the series SMALLVILLE that ended with Clark Kent becoming Superman. What excites me most about GOTHAM is that we will see the gallery of rogues we have come to expect but in a very different light. Every DC villain has been given an origin story, sometimes more than one, and this would be a very cool way of bringing them all to life in a single continuity.

GOTHAM will select a roster of writers in mid-February for a likely Fall premiere date.

Source: Deadline

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12:04PM on 01/14/2014
Sounds like the never launched gotham high animated series from a couple years back.
Sounds like the never launched gotham high animated series from a couple years back.
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9:50AM on 01/14/2014

Lets hope it is better than the other crappy shows like SHIELD

Shield and Arrow are both HORRIBLE. Let's face it, one is nothing but a wink wink - nudge nudge situation trying to gain popularity because they can name drop (and ONLY name drop...) and the other is nothing but a cool character turned into nothing but eye candy. They both totally blow chunks.

Now with Gotham, I wasn't sure this would be any good either. I haven't liked a live action show on Fox in years. Sleepy Hollow is the first show I have actually watched on FOX since like the third
Shield and Arrow are both HORRIBLE. Let's face it, one is nothing but a wink wink - nudge nudge situation trying to gain popularity because they can name drop (and ONLY name drop...) and the other is nothing but a cool character turned into nothing but eye candy. They both totally blow chunks.

Now with Gotham, I wasn't sure this would be any good either. I haven't liked a live action show on Fox in years. Sleepy Hollow is the first show I have actually watched on FOX since like the third season of 24 (stopped watching it after that).

Gotham is starting to sound better, not only because it isn't just focusing on Gordon but on young Bruce as well. Also, being a series that will highlight the origins of Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, and so on, it has more going for it than "name dropping Shield" and "literally nothing to do with the actual comic series Arrow".

I will give it a shot. I hope it is more like X-Files and Sleepy Hollow. There has to be a mystery behind it all, intrigue and nods to actual events and people in the Gotham timeline.

I swear if its just another shitty show featuring pretty boys and glee members I will shoot my tv.
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5:39AM on 01/14/2014
Sounds like fun but let's face it, we won't know until we see how it goes down. I did have hopes of this series being in the Arrow universe but as with all things WB's / DC, there's just so much disjointed thinking going on...it's staggering. Have they accepted that they'll just not be able to compete with the Marvel universe so won't even try?
Sounds like fun but let's face it, we won't know until we see how it goes down. I did have hopes of this series being in the Arrow universe but as with all things WB's / DC, there's just so much disjointed thinking going on...it's staggering. Have they accepted that they'll just not be able to compete with the Marvel universe so won't even try?
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3:33AM on 01/14/2014

Meh, should have been on AMC.

This should have been an anthology series like American Horror Story. 5 seasons tops. Each season is a different chapter in Bruce Wayne's life, and every chapter is done by a new director, while retaining the original showrunners. It starts when he's 12 and ends when he's in his late 20's.

Let's be honest, a story like these needs depth, darkness, conflict, and some seriously interesting characters. FOX makes commercial shows at best, and most of them are all over the place in terms of
This should have been an anthology series like American Horror Story. 5 seasons tops. Each season is a different chapter in Bruce Wayne's life, and every chapter is done by a new director, while retaining the original showrunners. It starts when he's 12 and ends when he's in his late 20's.

Let's be honest, a story like these needs depth, darkness, conflict, and some seriously interesting characters. FOX makes commercial shows at best, and most of them are all over the place in terms of quality.
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12:23AM on 01/14/2014

Rise Knight of Gotham

I think this would be great "IF" the story is well written. I would like to see him mastering school (Becoming the "Great Detective"). Studying and learning to Master the different fighting styles. Maybe going so far as his membership with the "League of Assassins", as he climbs up in rank to be the right hand of Ra's al Ghul. It would also be cool if they showcased the villain's and how they come to power in Gotham, as well as showing Bruce becoming a playboy and his internal conflict with
I think this would be great "IF" the story is well written. I would like to see him mastering school (Becoming the "Great Detective"). Studying and learning to Master the different fighting styles. Maybe going so far as his membership with the "League of Assassins", as he climbs up in rank to be the right hand of Ra's al Ghul. It would also be cool if they showcased the villain's and how they come to power in Gotham, as well as showing Bruce becoming a playboy and his internal conflict with his alter ego . I think this could be really good if it is done right.
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12:07AM on 01/14/2014
Smallville Batman style. That sounds cool as hell.
Smallville Batman style. That sounds cool as hell.
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11:11PM on 01/13/2014
Who wants to see a 12 year-old Bruce Wayne fight crime? Since he doesn't have a license to drive, does he use the bat-buspass instead of the batmobile?
Who wants to see a 12 year-old Bruce Wayne fight crime? Since he doesn't have a license to drive, does he use the bat-buspass instead of the batmobile?
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8:34PM on 01/13/2014
I'm more excited to see the villains and Commissioner Gordon's back stories rather than about Bruce Wayne becoming Batman.
I'm more excited to see the villains and Commissioner Gordon's back stories rather than about Bruce Wayne becoming Batman.
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8:22PM on 01/13/2014
There was a series planned called "Gotham" or "Bruce Wayne" which was eventually replaced by Smallville. I would love to see a Batman TV series and there's a lot of potential but it doesn't really seem like the folks at Warner/DC are fully capable of creating a cohesive universe with a strong sense of continuity. Is this version of Batman eventually going to become Batfleck? Does it exist in a separate isolated bubble? I'm curious as to how this will work. The pipe dream for me is a Bat-family
There was a series planned called "Gotham" or "Bruce Wayne" which was eventually replaced by Smallville. I would love to see a Batman TV series and there's a lot of potential but it doesn't really seem like the folks at Warner/DC are fully capable of creating a cohesive universe with a strong sense of continuity. Is this version of Batman eventually going to become Batfleck? Does it exist in a separate isolated bubble? I'm curious as to how this will work. The pipe dream for me is a Bat-family television show, one that has Nightwing, Huntress, Red Robin, Robin, Red Hood, Batgirl, Catwoman popping in now and again, Alfred, and examines the dynamic between all of them.
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8:08PM on 01/13/2014

FOX stole this idea!

Kevin Smith and Paul Dini created this concept during episode 51 of Smiths podcast "Fatman on Batman". They go very in depth with it, even so far as to detail story arches for each season. I strongly recommend anyone who thinks this idea is even remotely cool to check out that episode (and a small bit of the ep that follows). Smith and Dini would definitely made a superior series. Obviously someone at FOX listens to Fatman On Batman.
Kevin Smith and Paul Dini created this concept during episode 51 of Smiths podcast "Fatman on Batman". They go very in depth with it, even so far as to detail story arches for each season. I strongly recommend anyone who thinks this idea is even remotely cool to check out that episode (and a small bit of the ep that follows). Smith and Dini would definitely made a superior series. Obviously someone at FOX listens to Fatman On Batman.
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8:18PM on 01/13/2014
Fox doesn't own the rights to Batman. DC does. Fox is just showing it.
Fox doesn't own the rights to Batman. DC does. Fox is just showing it.
9:02PM on 01/13/2014
That wasn't really my point there, martin
That wasn't really my point there, martin
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7:37PM on 01/13/2014
this was ready to be filmed back in 99-00, go to gothamclocktower.com to read the pilot script. It actually sounds great.
this was ready to be filmed back in 99-00, go to gothamclocktower.com to read the pilot script. It actually sounds great.
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7:23PM on 01/13/2014
Hmm, I don't know. We all know how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman but what I'd like to see more is how Commissioner Gordon becomes Commissioner Gordon.
Hmm, I don't know. We all know how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman but what I'd like to see more is how Commissioner Gordon becomes Commissioner Gordon.
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5:10PM on 01/13/2014

Gordon needs to be great

You need an actor in his mid thirties, a guy who can play hard, but exudes integrity. A younger Brian Cranston, basically. The villains of the Batman universe are amongst the best, most complex characters out there, but if this turns into young Bruce going to school with them, EPIC FAIL. As most of them are older than Bruce anyway, showing a young penguin as an up and coming criminal, a young Selena as a street urchin, a young Nygma as a game designer...those are decisions that could work if
You need an actor in his mid thirties, a guy who can play hard, but exudes integrity. A younger Brian Cranston, basically. The villains of the Batman universe are amongst the best, most complex characters out there, but if this turns into young Bruce going to school with them, EPIC FAIL. As most of them are older than Bruce anyway, showing a young penguin as an up and coming criminal, a young Selena as a street urchin, a young Nygma as a game designer...those are decisions that could work if treated seriously. If the core of the show is Bruce and Gordon, and how they evolve, getting the secondary casting perfect is just as important. Alfred needs to be the rock Bruce clings to, but also needs to be fully developed, so that his military background, his innumerable skills and his love for Bruce are balanced. He should be the one who begins to train Bruce in deduction, martial arts and mental [link] they are going to run into issues when Bruce leaves for a few years, and that is something that HAS to occur. Were it me, I would have the second to last season end with his departure, and the final season jumping forward and begin with his arrival back to Gotham. This can work, but it needs to be more Arrow and less Birds Of Prey
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5:04PM on 01/13/2014
It sounds like a cool idea for a show to me.
It sounds like a cool idea for a show to me.
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4:54PM on 01/13/2014
I'm calling it now, Bruce's first encounter with The Joker will be over Snapchat.
I'm calling it now, Bruce's first encounter with The Joker will be over Snapchat.
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4:41PM on 01/13/2014
Teenage Bruce's Twitter feed:
"Want 2 go out but clown asshole holding city ransom FML." "Teach wont let me wear mask in class. Will show her bitch" "Penguin dude is totes gay."
Teenage Bruce's Twitter feed:
"Want 2 go out but clown asshole holding city ransom FML." "Teach wont let me wear mask in class. Will show her bitch" "Penguin dude is totes gay."
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4:35PM on 01/13/2014
12 year olds for Batman, Catwoman and the Riddler. Is this one coming up on the Disney Channel?
12 year olds for Batman, Catwoman and the Riddler. Is this one coming up on the Disney Channel?
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4:22PM on 01/13/2014

Not remotely interested

So are they under the impression that Bruce became Batman when he was 18-19? What's with Hollywood and these superhero story's without the superheroes?
So are they under the impression that Bruce became Batman when he was 18-19? What's with Hollywood and these superhero story's without the superheroes?
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7:53PM on 01/13/2014
They didn't say he was going to be Batman when he was 12, that we would meet him at 12. They are planning to end it with him becoming Batman. We've already seen Bruce as Batman countless times. What's wrong with a new, interesting perspective on a story we all love?
They didn't say he was going to be Batman when he was 12, that we would meet him at 12. They are planning to end it with him becoming Batman. We've already seen Bruce as Batman countless times. What's wrong with a new, interesting perspective on a story we all love?
3:43PM on 01/13/2014
Also, GOTHAM needs to be set in the 80s. A gritty urban mid to late 80s setting would make this show something special. Highly doubt it will be since this is modern American television and we'll likely get scenes with Bruce logging on to his Facebook via his Samsung Galaxy S4. But it's nice to dream.
Also, GOTHAM needs to be set in the 80s. A gritty urban mid to late 80s setting would make this show something special. Highly doubt it will be since this is modern American television and we'll likely get scenes with Bruce logging on to his Facebook via his Samsung Galaxy S4. But it's nice to dream.
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3:21PM on 01/13/2014
I'm actually really intrigued to see what becomes of this show. Could be awesome if done right.
I'm actually really intrigued to see what becomes of this show. Could be awesome if done right.
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3:14PM on 01/13/2014
Wow, they really expect this to go on for awhile if they're tracing Bruce from 12 to becoming Batman. Wonder if the guy who pitched this exact same show to WB over a decade ago will see any money (probably not).
Wow, they really expect this to go on for awhile if they're tracing Bruce from 12 to becoming Batman. Wonder if the guy who pitched this exact same show to WB over a decade ago will see any money (probably not).
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