Just call him the Lou Grant of Gotham! Like Mary Tyler Moore's famous TV boss who earned his own spin-off, Batman
's Commissioner Gordon is set to head up his own show as well.
Hot on the heels of the big reveal that Ben Affleck will be portraying the legendary comic book hero, this news should only fuel the excitement surrounding these famous Gotham characters. But don't expect to see the caped crusader just yet - this series is set to focus solely on the origins of the commissioner.
Fox announced on Tuesday that it had ordered the Warner Bros. Television TV series. The Mentalist
’s Bruno Heller will executive produce and write the aptly titled Gotham. Deadline
reports that the series
will feature James Gordon before he became commissioner and was still a detective. This depiction of the evolution of the character should prove to be rich with possibility. The hour-long episodes are rumored to feature the occasional appearance of those villains that fans love to hate, which should provide for some well-anticipated action and suspense.
Commissioner James Gordon was introduced to comic book fans in May of 1939 and has remained a stable constant in the Batman
saga. His character represents a positive force in Gotham, helping to protect the city against any malice or villains that may surface - and as fans well know, the city has seen many. Commissioner Gordon was most recently portrayed by Gary Oldman in the Dark Knight
trilogy. It is not yet clear who is slated to star as Gordon in Gotham
Interestingly enough, this is not the first stab at a Gotham series. Last year, the ABC pilot of the same name
and starring novice Megan Ketch as Annie Travers, a young detective, failed to be picked up as a full series. Here's hoping that Warner Bros. Television will have better luck with their Gotham
Fans should be eager to look forward to this prequel of sorts featuring many of their favorite iconic characters, even if one of them won't be Batman. Dorothy and Toto never made an appearance in Wicked
, yet one could argue that show put prequels on the map. Gotham may not be that different from Oz after all.