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Warner Bros. developing Gotham City origin tale with Mentalist creator

Sep. 24, 2013by: Niki Stephens

This just in-- Warner Bros. is currently developing a series based on the origins of Gotham City, to be more specific, Commissioner James Gordon.

The series titled GOTHAM begins with Gordon who is, "still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series. The Gordon character was introduced in 1939 in the very first Batman comic."

THE MENTALISTS' Bruno Heller has made a commitment to the series and will oversee the project. No word yet on if he will lend a hand in writing but I would assume so.

I think what's even more cool about this series is that we will see the origins of several villains as well. There were not any characters mentioned other than Gordon. However, I know there will be quite a few questions and concerns that are stressed especially in the strikebacks below.

We will be sure to bring you more as things progress.

Source: Deadline

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8:29PM on 09/25/2013

Fox won the bidding war

It will be on FOX
It will be on FOX
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7:16PM on 09/25/2013

Pleae dont put it on the CW

I cant stand to watch one more superhero show on a network that looked like it found its sets left over from a bad buffy the vampire episode. I mean really do they spend any money on acting talent or sets? My good god how about actually investing in a show for once instead of just making it for teenage boys and people who like watching melo dramatic soap operas.
I cant stand to watch one more superhero show on a network that looked like it found its sets left over from a bad buffy the vampire episode. I mean really do they spend any money on acting talent or sets? My good god how about actually investing in a show for once instead of just making it for teenage boys and people who like watching melo dramatic soap operas.
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1:48PM on 09/25/2013
Not sure what the deal is with all the negative reactions. This could be a great show, has anyone ever read GCPD? It's a great comic series that focuses solely on the people of Gotham Police and their efforts in pursuing villains. Batman is rarely in it if at all, and it's a great series. This show could be very much the same as that. The show could focus mainly on the crime and corruptness of Gotham to show a) why there was a need for Batman in the first place and b) why Gordon is the
Not sure what the deal is with all the negative reactions. This could be a great show, has anyone ever read GCPD? It's a great comic series that focuses solely on the people of Gotham Police and their efforts in pursuing villains. Batman is rarely in it if at all, and it's a great series. This show could be very much the same as that. The show could focus mainly on the crime and corruptness of Gotham to show a) why there was a need for Batman in the first place and b) why Gordon is the man out of all of GCPD that Batman relies on. Plus there is a plethora of characters that could make this series work. you have Bullock that could be the perfect counter to Gordon's "always do the right thing attitude". You have Montoya, the closeted lesbian detective being pulled between both ends of the spectrum. Plus, there are plenty of villains that could be introduced in this show that were never in the movies, you can do Black Mask, Penguin, a variation on the Court of Owls. So many possibilities with this.

All that said and done, this move totally reaks of DC trying to copy Marvel yet again. Sorry DC, but I think SHIELD beat ya to the punch on this one.
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11:58AM on 09/25/2013

so...

Marvel goes on Avengers.. DC is hurrying up to get a Justice League, Marvel goes tvs SHIELD.. DC is trying to get Gothams show...

Lack of own initiative DC chiefs??
Marvel goes on Avengers.. DC is hurrying up to get a Justice League, Marvel goes tvs SHIELD.. DC is trying to get Gothams show...

Lack of own initiative DC chiefs??
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12:30PM on 09/25/2013
right, because DC hasn't utilized tv for their properties in recent history. I must have dreamt up Smallville and Arrow.
right, because DC hasn't utilized tv for their properties in recent history. I must have dreamt up Smallville and Arrow.
11:38AM on 09/25/2013

The good and the bad:

First, The bad - because I'm an 'effin pessimist: They wont touch Batman, because they have plans for the Affleck version, and producers are morons who don't think we are smart enough to have both. (and this could have been a year one version, as opposed to Affleck's seasoned bat), they will tip toe around villains because they will want to save the big ones for films (see my previous point) , the last thing anyone wants or needs is another procedural, another comics related show with no
First, The bad - because I'm an 'effin pessimist: They wont touch Batman, because they have plans for the Affleck version, and producers are morons who don't think we are smart enough to have both. (and this could have been a year one version, as opposed to Affleck's seasoned bat), they will tip toe around villains because they will want to save the big ones for films (see my previous point) , the last thing anyone wants or needs is another procedural, another comics related show with no costumed characters and especially both. Last, when I think I am going to puke and need a visual to help put me over the edge, I think of Birds Of Prey, so I have little faith.
Now the good: Gordon is a great character, a former black ops soldier with a moral code that doesn't always allow him to make the right call. We could get Bullock, who could make the whole thing worthwhile if done right, Montoya (who should still be closeted, that struggle makes for a better character) Allen, Loeb and lots of other characters that have rich backgrounds. The Court Of Owls...one of the single greatest things ANYBODY has ever done with Batman, and it is linked to Gotham, making it perfect to use. Arkham asylum...endless possibilities there, as well as opportunities for heroes from out of town to visit.
Basically, if done seriously, with a Seven/Hannibal like vibe, some dark humor and the correct casting, this could be great...but so help me god, if they grab some vampire diaries pretty boy with no facial hair or glasses...
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7:19PM on 09/25/2013
yeah I kinda get what you are saying, but do you want really bad looking costumes with cheapo sets and even cheaper special effects ala the arrow, smallville and with the looks of it last night SHIELD?
yeah I kinda get what you are saying, but do you want really bad looking costumes with cheapo sets and even cheaper special effects ala the arrow, smallville and with the looks of it last night SHIELD?
11:22AM on 09/25/2013
Definitely include the Court of Owls mythos.
Definitely include the Court of Owls mythos.
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5:43AM on 09/25/2013
Yay for cops fighting supervillains who haven't started wearing their iconic costumes yet.

I can't wait for the TV poster campaign full of men with their shirts unbuttoned.
Yay for cops fighting supervillains who haven't started wearing their iconic costumes yet.

I can't wait for the TV poster campaign full of men with their shirts unbuttoned.
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5:35AM on 09/25/2013

Make It A Miniseries.

A show where Batman is in the background sounds interesting, but a show that lacks Batman completely with ominous hints here and there doesn't really do it for me. There's a fine line between being unique and being boring, and if this is going to be all Gordon - as much as I love the character - could get pretty boring UNLESS it's done as a dozen-part miniseries.
A show where Batman is in the background sounds interesting, but a show that lacks Batman completely with ominous hints here and there doesn't really do it for me. There's a fine line between being unique and being boring, and if this is going to be all Gordon - as much as I love the character - could get pretty boring UNLESS it's done as a dozen-part miniseries.
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2:24AM on 09/25/2013

ENOUGH!

Enough with these shows based on comics that DON'T have the heroes. "we want to make it real. No powers" so f*cking stupid. I'm tired of it. I hope the Shield.show bombs too.
Enough with these shows based on comics that DON'T have the heroes. "we want to make it real. No powers" so f*cking stupid. I'm tired of it. I hope the Shield.show bombs too.
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1:01AM on 09/25/2013
Please don't air it on the CW, don't need another melodramatic Vampire Diary-ish Arrow pile of crap.
Please don't air it on the CW, don't need another melodramatic Vampire Diary-ish Arrow pile of crap.
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12:39AM on 09/25/2013
shit jedd, i like that idea that you don't like lol
looking it up on wiki, it was founded by a norwegian mercenary, the site of a major battle during the american revolution, occult shit going on, defended during the civil war by penguin's ancestor, 'gangs of new york' shit going on....i would watch that!
this? i'll give it a shot
shit jedd, i like that idea that you don't like lol
looking it up on wiki, it was founded by a norwegian mercenary, the site of a major battle during the american revolution, occult shit going on, defended during the civil war by penguin's ancestor, 'gangs of new york' shit going on....i would watch that!
this? i'll give it a shot
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12:56AM on 09/25/2013
Now that you put it that way, it does sound like it has potential, but I guess something like that would work better in the comics as the target audience of the TV show would include viewers familiar with Batman primarily through the films. A television series taking place concurrent with that timeline or slightly before that might be easier to get into. This is kind of the same reason why I'd rather ABC not roll out a Peggy Carter television series, seeing as it would not be set in the same
Now that you put it that way, it does sound like it has potential, but I guess something like that would work better in the comics as the target audience of the TV show would include viewers familiar with Batman primarily through the films. A television series taking place concurrent with that timeline or slightly before that might be easier to get into. This is kind of the same reason why I'd rather ABC not roll out a Peggy Carter television series, seeing as it would not be set in the same time period as the current Marvel cinematic universe. I hope I'm making sense!
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12:33AM on 09/25/2013
With the Court of Owls, The Falcone family, the Cobblepots trying to top the Wayne's, the passing of The Wayne's, the street gangs and of course Gotham central it could be awesome.
With the Court of Owls, The Falcone family, the Cobblepots trying to top the Wayne's, the passing of The Wayne's, the street gangs and of course Gotham central it could be awesome.
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12:30AM on 09/25/2013

What?

If it only says Gordon, how do you know that they'll show the origins of other villains? This doesn't sound like it'd be a very good show, prolly just a regular cop show but with crappy CW style and effects. There's so many things a lot of people including myself want Warner Bros to be working on that's DC related. This is not one of them. They need to get their shit together and start competing with the Marvel Universe. It seems like they don't really care anymore (except for the animated
If it only says Gordon, how do you know that they'll show the origins of other villains? This doesn't sound like it'd be a very good show, prolly just a regular cop show but with crappy CW style and effects. There's so many things a lot of people including myself want Warner Bros to be working on that's DC related. This is not one of them. They need to get their shit together and start competing with the Marvel Universe. It seems like they don't really care anymore (except for the animated films)
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12:38AM on 09/25/2013
It also seems like this is their response to the SHIELD show, which I haven't watched yet, but I also don't see how it will be very good bc it isn't going to show any new superheroes. And if it did, I'd rather them have a feature, like dr strange and black panther (I know they all supposedly have movies in development), but smaller characters like that I'd rather see in film. And it'll be cheap bc SHIELD will call on C-listers to do stuff, not their A-listers, and why would they do that? I
It also seems like this is their response to the SHIELD show, which I haven't watched yet, but I also don't see how it will be very good bc it isn't going to show any new superheroes. And if it did, I'd rather them have a feature, like dr strange and black panther (I know they all supposedly have movies in development), but smaller characters like that I'd rather see in film. And it'll be cheap bc SHIELD will call on C-listers to do stuff, not their A-listers, and why would they do that? I guess there will be smaller missions, but I just don't think the show's premise will be able to sustain a lot of episodes/seasons. I think it'd be better to have these more like their one shots and on the DVD....OR before their movies like Pixar, but again I haven't seen it so maybe I'm wrong. I just don't want a show that's purely Easter eggs to past MCU moments and about outs to upcoming ones, or possible ones. I think this also could've worked really well as a video game that exists between some of the movies. There was a matrix game that was really awesome that kinda did that - existed and told the stories in between the movies
12:05AM on 09/25/2013
Phew, for a moment I thought this was going to be a period-set series about the origin of the city itself. I like the idea of "The Gordon Chronicles", something Year One-ish (which actually has the focus as much on Gordon as on Batman). While perhaps the series can begin without Batman, I think it'd be a mistake to leave him out entirely. He will have to be a background character, yes, but Gotham Central succeeded in part because the reader was always aware Batman was around even though he
Phew, for a moment I thought this was going to be a period-set series about the origin of the city itself. I like the idea of "The Gordon Chronicles", something Year One-ish (which actually has the focus as much on Gordon as on Batman). While perhaps the series can begin without Batman, I think it'd be a mistake to leave him out entirely. He will have to be a background character, yes, but Gotham Central succeeded in part because the reader was always aware Batman was around even though he wasn't the star of the book.
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12:44AM on 09/25/2013
Yes, I WOULD be interested on a show/movie from Gordon's perspective of being one of the only honest cops, meeting the Batman and being suspicious, being frustrated with Batman, having to deal with Gotham's corrupt politics, and the problems all this creates at home. Show his daughter a lot. You wouldn't even necessarily need to show him (though I do think some scenes on the rooftop are necessary), but I think he would eventually need to exist in the series as someone ppl talk ab and is
Yes, I WOULD be interested on a show/movie from Gordon's perspective of being one of the only honest cops, meeting the Batman and being suspicious, being frustrated with Batman, having to deal with Gotham's corrupt politics, and the problems all this creates at home. Show his daughter a lot. You wouldn't even necessarily need to show him (though I do think some scenes on the rooftop are necessary), but I think he would eventually need to exist in the series as someone ppl talk ab and is "helping" Gotham cops and how the cops their perceive that
12:53AM on 09/25/2013
@bealzf: The show will work if it's about looking at Gotham through the eyes of the one good cop, who has to work alongside someone from the shadows who operates outside the law and how that frustrates him. A Batgirl-centric TV show would be great. I'm not a fan of Beware the Batman, but I do like that they've gotten Babs in the mix from the get go. The dream would be a Batman family TV show (since we'll likely never seen that on the big screen for a long, long while yet) with Nightwing, Robin,
@bealzf: The show will work if it's about looking at Gotham through the eyes of the one good cop, who has to work alongside someone from the shadows who operates outside the law and how that frustrates him. A Batgirl-centric TV show would be great. I'm not a fan of Beware the Batman, but I do like that they've gotten Babs in the mix from the get go. The dream would be a Batman family TV show (since we'll likely never seen that on the big screen for a long, long while yet) with Nightwing, Robin, Huntress, Red Robin and everyone in the mix.
12:02AM on 09/25/2013

I thought this was gonna be Gotham Central

I still want Gotham Central this could be good but I like the idea of the bat in the background. I say Thomas Jane as Gordon.
I still want Gotham Central this could be good but I like the idea of the bat in the background. I say Thomas Jane as Gordon.
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12:01AM on 09/25/2013

bleh

please don't give it to CW
please don't give it to CW
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12:00AM on 09/25/2013
Well, I have nothing to add to the plan for this other than that, while I pretty well loath The Mentalist (maybe loath is too strong a word), Bruno Heller also wrote Rome for HBO, which is still one of my favorite shows that they ever put on that channel, and I hope it's why he got the job.
Well, I have nothing to add to the plan for this other than that, while I pretty well loath The Mentalist (maybe loath is too strong a word), Bruno Heller also wrote Rome for HBO, which is still one of my favorite shows that they ever put on that channel, and I hope it's why he got the job.
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11:46PM on 09/24/2013
I smell a Cast This column coming up... Cranston for Gordon!! Obvious, but awesome.
I smell a Cast This column coming up... Cranston for Gordon!! Obvious, but awesome.
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11:38PM on 09/24/2013

Wow....

...this is totally not a desperate response to Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. Not at all!
...this is totally not a desperate response to Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. Not at all!
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11:33PM on 09/24/2013

I thought this was gonna be Gotham Central

I still want Gotham Central this could be good but I like the idea of the bat in the background. I say Thomas Jane as Gordon.
I still want Gotham Central this could be good but I like the idea of the bat in the background. I say Thomas Jane as Gordon.
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10:53PM on 09/24/2013
sounds good............. for me to poop on!
sounds good............. for me to poop on!
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9:36AM on 09/29/2013
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!
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10:52PM on 09/24/2013
Give it to AMC they need something after Breaking Bad and Mad Men
Give it to AMC they need something after Breaking Bad and Mad Men
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10:47PM on 09/24/2013
And the race to follow in Marvel's footsteps continues to be more of a stumble in the dark. Good job WB!
And the race to follow in Marvel's footsteps continues to be more of a stumble in the dark. Good job WB!
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2:38AM on 09/25/2013
actually if you goggle it this was in the works before smallville but they ditched it. So no they are not trying to follow Marvel.
actually if you goggle it this was in the works before smallville but they ditched it. So no they are not trying to follow Marvel.
10:44PM on 09/24/2013
I am just curious. With all of these DC television shows are they attempting to build a universe that spans both television and cinema? If so I think that would be very cool and something we had not seen. At least we hadn't until tonights premiere of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. But this would be to a larger extent.
I am just curious. With all of these DC television shows are they attempting to build a universe that spans both television and cinema? If so I think that would be very cool and something we had not seen. At least we hadn't until tonights premiere of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. But this would be to a larger extent.
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10:33PM on 09/24/2013
With the right talent, this has the potential to be something great. Definitely going to tune into this and hopefully the cast someone great for Gordon.
With the right talent, this has the potential to be something great. Definitely going to tune into this and hopefully the cast someone great for Gordon.
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