Gotham TV series will be a Batman origin story

Posted on 14 January 2014
By James McAllister
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Fox has revealed that their upcoming series Gotham, which ventures into the world of the Dark Knight, will in fact serve as a Batman origin story.

The announcement that the series would not centre around the famed Gotham vigilante came as a shock to fans who believed it would instead focus on Commissioner Gordon.

Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly today revealed the series will take a look at “how they all became who they were, what events led up to these characters becoming Catwoman [and so on].” in an “operatic” and “larger-than-life” way.

Reilly went onto announce they will be making no allusions to Zack Snyder’s Batman in the story. Instead, Gotham will follow a young Bruce Wayne at an undetermined age as he matures into the Dark Knight.

“We’re not starting in that world where the villains are in costume. You see markers for it that are kind of delicious. You begin to see the evolution of the eccentricities that become those characters, but you really sort of arc there. We don’t start out in capes and costumes.”

Fox have obtained all the relevant rights to allow them to serialise Gotham separately from the DC cinematic universe.

Reilly said: “They brought us the entire franchise for a very healthy licence fee. We’re not negotiating this piece meal. We have all of the underlying Batman rights for the entire franchise for this series.”

Reilly admits that Fox is aware of a “large tapestry of characters” making the option of spin off series a real possibility.

A Premier date for Gotham is still to be announced.