GOTHAM (Season 3 Premieres Sept. 19)

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    Update: November 4, 2014

    Iconic Batman Villain The Scarecrow Confirmed for GOTHAM


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    Another classic Batman rogue is making his way to Gotham. The Scarecrow, Gotham City’s master of fear, is set for a series debut later this season. Speaking at Stan Lee’s Comikaze convention this weekend, Gotham executive producer Danny Cannon revealed that viewers would meet an adolescent Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow’s alter-ego. This would put Crane in Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle’s age bracket, putting them all at the same pace to adopt their masked personas at the same general time. This is a strain from some of Gotham’s other future villains, like The Riddler and The Penguin, who are around 10 years older.

    Gotham will add a new wrinkle to Scarecrow’s legacy by making him a multi-generational character. According to Cannon, Crane’s father will torment a pre-Batman Gotham as its first official Scarecrow. This development would give the series a way to incorporate Batman’s more popular rogues into the series’ timespan, while still saving them for the Dark Knight’s eventual career. In this universe, The Scarecrow could be an equally-menacing rogue for both Jim Gordon and The Dark Knight.


    Iconic Batman Villain The Scarecrow Confirmed to Appear in Fox's GOTHAM Series
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    Update: October 22, 2014

    Morena Baccarin Cast as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in GOTHAM


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    Firefly and Homeland actress Morena Baccarin becoming a Gotham resident. Baccarin been cast in the Fox drama series in a recurring role this season that’s expected to become a series regular in a presumed season two.

    EW has confirmed that she’ll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, “a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.” The character is from the original comics.

    This marks Baccarin’s return to Fox where she co-starred on Joss Wheden’s Firefly. It was one of several cult sci-fi series Baccarin is known for, including Stargate SG-1 and V, which was produced by Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind Gotham.


    Morena Baccarin Cast as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in GOTHAM - Entertainment Weekly
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    Update: October 13, 2014

    GOTHAM Gets a Full Season Order at Fox with 6 More Episodes


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    Fox is staying put in Gotham. In a move that should come as no surprise, the network's fall breakout has scored a back order for an additional six episodes — bringing its freshman season to a full 22 episodes. Gotham is neck-and-neck with ABC's How to Get Away With Murder as the biggest new series of the fall. With the first round of live-plus-7 ratings now in for premiere week, Gotham's 6.0 rating among adults 18-49 makes it Monday's highest-rated drama.

    “Gotham debuted as one of the most buzzed-about shows of the fall, and with good reason," said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. "Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon have created an incredibly rich world, with characters that draw you in and a cast that brings to life these heroes and villains in a way we’ve never seen before. We are so excited to see where Bruno, Danny and the entire Gotham team take this story over the course of this season, and so thankful to all the fans who have embraced it this fall.”


    'Gotham' Earns a Full Season Order at Fox, Gets an Additional Six More Episodes
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    Update: October 2, 2014

    Nicholas D'Agosto Cast as Harvey Dent in Fox's GOTHAM


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    Another Batman nemesis is heading to Fox’s Gotham. Nicholas D’Agosto (Masters Of Sex) has joined the cast of the freshman drama as Harvey Dent. He will be recurring this season with an option to become a regular in Season 2.

    In the Batman prequel series, based on the DC characters, Harvey Dent is a bright, charming, idealistic Assistant District Attorney whose sole mission is to eradicate the crime and corruption that has poisoned Gotham. Although he will one day serve as the white knight Gotham needs so badly as a DA, Dent also gives us a fleeting glimpse of the hideous villain he will become — Two-Face. In Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight, the role was played by Aaron Eckhart.

    David Zayas was recently cast in the recurring role of Mob Boss Salvatore Maroni, the man responsible for disfiguring Dent, leading to his transformation into Two-Face. D’Agosto has arcs on the current season of Grey’s Anatomy and Netflix’s upcoming comedy series Grace & Frankie.


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    Update: September 2, 2014

    Netflix Nabs Rights to Fox's GOTHAM In Precedent-Setting Deal


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    Gotham is headed to Netflix. The streaming service has nabbed rights to Gotham. It is believed to be the first deal of its kind for a broadcast show that has yet to premiere. The upcoming Batman prequel is set to bow on Fox at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22. Netflix declined to comment on how much it was paying for the rights but Deadline hears the Gotham deal is worth about $1.75 million an episode. Netflix recently paid a pretty penny for rights to NBC's The Blacklist, coughing up $2 million an episode for the series.

    Under the deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, the streaming service will get exclusive subscription video on demand rights for Gotham in the U.S., territories in which Netflix operates, as well as some additional territories. Seasons of the series will become available after their initial broadcast dates starting in fall 2015.

    “Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love.”


    Netflix Acquires Rights to Fox's GOTHAM Ahead of Launch in Precedent-Setting Deal
     
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    Update: July 15, 2014

    GOTHAM Debuts New Gritty Trailer: 'Town Is at a Tipping Point'


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    A new trailer for Fox's anticipated Batman prequel, Gotham, is debuting during Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game. Set to Aloe Blacc's "Ticking Bomb," the gritty, stylized 45-second teaser that The Hollywood Reporter exclusively debuts focuses on a young Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he finds himself deeply intertwined with the growing dissension in Gotham City. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), the series follows one cop, destined for greatness, as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the rise of the great DC Comics super-villains and vigilantes.

    "This is my city. I've come back because I care what's happening to it. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who cares. This town is at a tipping point: crime, corruption, ooze on every corner. Someone needs to take a stand against it all — and that is where we come in," Jim says in voiceover as glimpses of younger versions of Batman characters like Oswald Cobblepott/Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). Gotham premieres Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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    Update: May 13, 2014

    New Footage from Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for GOTHAM


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    Everything that we’ve seen or heard about Fox’s upcoming series, Gotham – the trailers, interviews with Bruno Heller and Kevin Reilly, and images of the cast – has been very encouraging; the series’ newly released behind-the-scenes featurette is no different. This three-minute video shows off plenty of footage from the show and includes a fair share of heroic and villainous screentime alike. There’s also commentary from showrunner Heller, director Danny Cannon, and stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

    Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.




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    Update: May 9, 2014

    The Joker Will Eventually Be Introduced in GOTHAM Series


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    It seems that the Joker will be one of the many Batman villains making an appearance on Fox’s prequel series, Gotham. When asked about the character by Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Bruno Heller said that he would likely appear but they would be careful about how they introduce him. “He’s the crown jewel of the Batman villains,” said Heller. “He will be brought in with great care and a lot of thought.”

    Heller also commented on the inevitable comparisons that a new version of the Joker would get to Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight. “I’ve written scenes for Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony and Cleopatra,” Heller said. “So while that is a serious and valid note, you can’t get into doing this without going there. That was a wonderful performance and — apart from everything else — wonderful make-up. And we should try to live up to that. It will be a different character. It’s certainly going to be more Heath Ledger than Cesar Romero.”

    "In terms of what [director and executive producer Danny Cannon and director of photography David Stockton] are doing — visually — Gotham will surpass the Batman movies," he said. "The movies are a very rigorous, kind of Germanic take on that world. They’re visually stunning, but not particularly visually pleasurable. I would say this is much more on the street level of Gotham. There’s more people, it’s a more colorful place, it’s a more vivid place, it’s more crowded. This is very much that kind of Gotham — intensely visual and three-dimensional and layered and gritty and dirty and sexy and dangerous."


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    Update: May 5, 2014

    It's Official: Fox Orders Batman Prequel GOTHAM to Series


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    It's official: Fox is moving forward with its Batman prequel series Gotham. The network announced Monday that it has ordered the Ben McKenzie starrer to series. Based on characters from the DC Comics universe, including a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) andCatwoman (Camren Bicondova), the drama explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (Southland's McKenzie) and the villains that made Gotham famous. The drama boasts a cast that also includes Donal Logue as Det. Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, and the series looks to reveal an entirely new chapter that has yet to be told.

    From Warner Bros. Television, The Mentalist's Bruno Heller penned the pilot, which was directed and exec produced by Emmy nominee Danny Cannon. John Stephens will also serve as an exec producer on the series. The series pickup comes as little surprise as Fox handed out a hefty series commitment to the project, meaning the network would have had to pay a hefty penalty had the buzzy Gotham not been ordered to series. Gotham was considered a frontrunner to gain the series order since the project was first announced.

    While Fox did not reveal how many episodes were ordered, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that it will be a minimum of 13 episodes. EW is also reporting that fans can expect the trailer quite a bit earlier. In fact, the first trailer for Gotham is set to debut tonight during the premiere of 24: Live Another Day.


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    Hope it's not based on the Nolan universe as previously rumored since it wouldn't make sense to continue on with that franchise since it's closed.
     
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    Updated: April 25, 2014

    John Stephens to Serve as Executive Producer on GOTHAM


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    Warner Bros. Television is investing in John Stephens. The Gossip Girl and The O.C. alum has inked a two-year overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the pact, Stephens will develop and create new projects for the studio and board Fox's Batman prequel Gotham as an executive producer. The origin story of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) has a series commitment at Fox but has yet to officially be picked up to series -- though the network has already launched a social media campaign for the series.

    Gotham is based on characters from the DC Comics universe, including a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Joker and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova). It focuses on the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham famous. The Mentalist's Bruno Heller will serve as showrunner should Gotham earn the series order. Danny Cannon directs the pilot.


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    Update: April 1, 2014

    Cory Michael Smith to Play the Riddler in Fox's GOTHAM Series


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    Fox’s upcoming, James Gordon-centric Batman prequel Gotham has cast Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, the man who will one day grow into the role of The Riddler. EW reports that Smith is set to appear in the show as a guest star in the pilot with an option to expand into a series regular. In the series (from The Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller), Nygma is a brilliant young forensic scientist working for Gotham City Police Department and a penchant for speaking in “rather cryptic language,” EW says. Inquisitive, eccentric and outgoing — yet socially awkward — he wants to be liked, but he doesn’t quite know how.

    Smith’s previous credits include the films Carol and Camp X-Ray along with the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge. He made his Broadway debut in 2013 as narrator Fred in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in which he is also reported to be dating his co-star, Game Of Thrones beauty Emilia Clarke. He joins a series cast that includes Ben McKenzie (Jim Gordon), Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock), Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney), Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth) and Robin Lord Taylor (Oswalt Cobblepot).


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    Update: March 11, 2014

    Fox Unveils Official Logo and Synopsis for GOTHAM TV Series


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    Press Release: Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

    Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), Gotham follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

    Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, Southland, The O.C.) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fianc
     
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    Updated: March 4, 2014

    Newcomer Camren Bicondova to Play Selina Kyle in GOTHAM


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    Newcomer Camren Bicondova has been cast in the role of Catwoman-to-be Selina Kyle in Fox's highly-anticipated Gotham series, but as with the Bruce Wayne casting, the folks running Gotham have skewed young for this iteration of the character. Based upon characters published by DC Comics, Gotham is a Batman prequel that explores the origin stories of Commissioner Gordon and the villains that made Gotham infamous. Her official description: Acting newcomer Camren Bicondova has been cast as Selina Kyle, a teenage orphan who is suspicious and wholly unpredictable. A street thief and skilled pickpocket, she’s dangerous when cornered.

    Selina Kyle will also be a series regular character on the show, and she joins the previously announced Donal Logue (Detective Harvey Bullock), Zabryna Guevara (Captain Essen), Erin Richards (Barbara Kean), Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney). Gotham is expected to premiere on Fox this fall and already has a series commitment from the network.


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    Update: March 4, 2014

    David Mazouz Cast as Young Bruce Wayne in GOTHAM Series


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    Casting continues on Fox’s highly anticipated drama series Gotham, as the all-important roles of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle have been filled. The series’ main focus is an origin story of Commissioner James Gordon (to be played by Ben McKenzie), but it will feature a young Bruce Wayne in a series regular supporting role. The network announced today that Touch actor David Mazouz will be playing a preteen Wayne, but the press release stresses the fact that Mazouz is playing a young Bruce Wayne and not Batman—it sounds like the Caped Crusader is unlikely to make an official appearance on the series; at least not in the near future.

    The official description of the Wayne character is as follows: David Mazouz (Touch) has been cast as the preteen Bruce Wayne, sentenced to a solitary life after the tragic murder of his wealthy parents. Serious and soulful, young Bruce relies on the guidance and protection of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon.

    Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) wrote the pilot script and will serve as executive producer. Danny Cannon (CSI) will direct and executive produce the pilot. Other series regulars include Donal Logue (Det. Harvey Bullock), Zabryna Guevara (Capt. Essen), Erin Richards (Barbara Kean), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney). Gotham already has a series commitment and is expected to air this fall.


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    Update: February 19, 2014

    Jada Pinkett Smith to Play Penguin's Gangster Boss in GOTHAM


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    Fox's Batman prequel Gotham has cast another of its big bads. Jada Pinkett Smith is returning to the small screen, booking a co-starring role in the show, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Gotham is an origin tale centering on DC Comics fixture commissioner James Gordon (Southland's Ben McKenzie) and the villains that made Gotham famous.

    Pinkett Smith will play Fish Mooney, a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner who has the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book. Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed. Mooney is the boss of Oswald Cobblepot -- aka The Penguin (played by The Walking Dead alum Robin Lord Taylor) -- who in Gotham is a low-level psychopath who hides his sadistic lust for power behind a polite demeanor.

    The actress' most recent small-screen role was in TNT's medical drama Hawthorne, in which she played the head of a hospital for three seasons. Her credits include TV's A Different World as well as features Set It Off, Scream 2, Ali and the Matrix and Madagascar franchises.

    Pinkett-Smith posted this update: "Last night, I decided to accept the role of Fish Mooney, who is the sadistic villain in thee upcoming Batman prequel, Gotham, for Fox TV. I’ve committed to a year to work alongside a very talented cast, a super cool, creative and talented head writer and an extraordinary director. This one…is going to be funnnnnn! Stay tuned.)"


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    Updated: February 12, 2014

    Donal Logue Confirmed to Play Harvey Bullock in Fox's GOTHAM


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    Fox and WBTV confirmed on Wednesday that Donal Logue has been cast as Detective Harvey Bullock in Gotham, which received a direct-to-series order. Jim Gordon’s partner and mentor, the rough-around-the-edges Detective Harvey Bullock plays loose with police procedure, but he gets results … and he does it with old-school, forceful panache.

    In the comics, Bullock is a character with a long and complex history; he’s a great cop and a friend to Gordon in spite of personal failings. Bullock has also been one of Batman’s biggest foes on the GCPD, but has not gone to the extremes that others have to apprehend the vigilante. In later years, he resigned from the force and appeared occasionally in Gotham Central, a comic book series with a similar premise to Gotham but set in the then-present-day, as a private investigator.

    Series regulars cast to date are Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin). Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) wrote the pilot script and will serve as executive producer. Danny Cannon (the CSI series, Nikita) will direct and executive produce the pilot.


    Donal Logue Confirmed to Play Detective Harvey Bullock in Fox's GOTHAM TV Series
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    Update: February 11, 2014

    GOTHAM Casts The Penguin, Alfred Pennyworth and More


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    Production will begin on the pilot for Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham very soon, and as a result casting is heating up. The network announced last weekend that The O.C. and Southland star Ben McKenzie will lead the series as James Gordon, future Gotham police commissioner, and now the show has filled out a number of other familiar roles. Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth, The Walking Dead) will play the villainous Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin, Sean Pertwee (Camelot) is set as Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler Alfred Pennyworth, Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice) will portray Gordon’s boss Captain Essen, and Erin Richards (Being Human) is set as Gordon’s fianc
     
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    Update: February 11, 2014

    Gary Oldman's Advice to Ben McKenzie on Playing James Gordon


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    Ben McKenzie has big shoes to fill as Detective James Gordon on the upcoming Fox series Gotham, and the last actor to play the role has shared some advice for the young star. “I’m sure he’s going to be fabulous,” Gary Oldman, who played the role in the last three Christopher Nolan Batman movies, told Access Hollywood when asked about Ben landing the role. So what advice would Gary give to Ben regarding capturing the character, who goes on to become one of the Caped Crusdader’s closest confidants?

    “Go back to the comic books. That’s what I did,” the actor, who is currently starring in “RoboCop,” told Access. “There’s great stuff about Gordon. He had whole other life,” he continued.

    The Fox series will explore the origin stories of the heroes and villains from Gotham and even a young Bruce Wayne, but Gary appeared a little unsure about a show without someone donning the cape and cowl. “A show without Batman?” Gary told Access, with a perplexed look on his face, when asked about the project.


    Gary Oldman's Advice to Ben McKenzie on Playing James Gordon for GOTHAM Series


    Update: Ben McKenzie takes Gary Oldman's advice on playing James Gordon for GOTHAM.

    McKenzie tweeted: "Got some reading to do. # gotham "

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    Update: February 8, 2014

    Ben McKenzie to Star in Fox's GOTHAM Series as James Gordon


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    Fox's Batman prequel has found its star: Ben McKenzie. The Southland and The O.C. alum has been tapped to topline the network's Gotham, playing James Gordon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Seven years after Fox's The O.C. helped to launch McKenzie's career, the actor will play the man who will go on to become the commissioner of the city and work hand-in-hand to restore the community with the eventual Caped Crusader.

    Gotham is described as an origin tale centering on DC Comics fixture Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous. The Warner Bros. Television drama pilot, which has series commitment attached, is being written and executive produced by The Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller. Danny Cannon (CSI, Nikita) will direct and executive produce the pilot.

    Gotham's Gordon is a rookie detective for Gotham City Open Police Department's Homicide Squad. A college football star,
and a war hero, Gordon was fast-tracked through the GCPD
ranks. He's brave, energetic and honest. Driven to live up to the classical virtues of a father he barely knew, he's an idealistic soul, to the point of naivet
     
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    Update: January 21, 2014

    Kevin Smith Hints Fox Stole His Ideas for GOTHAM TV Series


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    In November 2013, director Kevin Smith and writer Paul Dini discussed an idea for a Batman TV show without Batman that would focus on a young Bruce Wayne. Their idea involved the story of Bruce Wayne at prep school, before he ever puts on the Batman mask. They called their idea “Shadow of the Bat.”

    In December 2013, a casting announcement for the Gotham TV series calls for a young Bruce Wayne. In January 2014, Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters at TCA that their Gotham series would include a young Bruce Wayne. Instead of just being the origin story for James Gordon, the Gotham series was now being described as an origin for Batman as well with the series ending with Bruce Wayne first donning the cape and cowl. Smith addressed the similarities:

    “Fox has had a show in development for some time called Gotham, and when they announced it, essentially they were like ‘Hey, man, this is a show that takes place in Gotham long before the Batman.’ So it’s Jim Gordon first gets to town. It’s all centered on Jim Gordon. Batman wouldn’t be in it.”

    “Now, they just announced Fox’s Gotham show in development has been suddenly updated to include… wait for it… while me and Paul call the lawyers… Bruce Wayne age twelve years old. With the series ending when…. wait for it… while we call the other law house… ends when he puts on the cape.”

    “I only know this because tons of you tweeted… tons of you… and are still tweeting until this day to say, ‘Hey, man, that sounds an awful lot like the show you and Paul Dini came up with in Episodes 51 and 52 of Fatman on Batman. Perhaps they heard about Shadow of the Bat, and they were like, ‘This is a really cool idea. Yeah, let’s do that, instead of the bullshit we were doing.”

    “And do they owe us anything? None of those characters are mine. No, there’s no point in pitching it. And it looks like they’ve already taken the best parts… all parts of our idea and ran with it. But yeah, it would be nice if they asked us in. But that ain’t the way, man. Nobody wants fat Kevin Smith involved.”


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    Update: January 17, 2014

    Donal Logue Offered Detective Harvey Bullock Role in GOTHAM


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    Earlier this week, Latino Review reported that Donal Logue had been offered the part of James Gordon in the upcoming Gotham TV series on Fox. However, the actor himself denied the report on Twitter. Logue tweeted, “Not true! I wish-would be awesome (but who could top Gary Oldman?) From what I heard, Gotham catches Gordon in his late 20′s.” It was an interesting reply, not just because of the denial, but because it suggested that Logue had some knowledge of the casting requirements of the Gotham TV series.

    Now, Latino Review has posted an update and apology on their original article, stating that they made and error and Logue was actually offered the role of Detective Harvey Bullock on Gotham. The site also revealed that Bullock is described as being in his forties and Gordon’s mentor in the pilot episode. And this time, Logue isn’t denying the report. In response to Latino Review tweeting an apology and update that he was actually offered the Bullock role, Logue responded, “Ha! No problem. It’s only bad if they ain’t talking about you.”


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    Fox's GOTHAM Series Will Not Be Part of DC Cinematic Universe


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    At today's TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour Chairman of Entertainment at FOX Kevin Reilly revealed that Fox's Gotham series would indeed function as an origin story for Batman. Reilly followed up by saying that this would be a serialized show that will function on its own, separate from the Warner Brothers DC cinematic universe. "We own all the rights. That's what we're licencing," he 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."

    He continued, saying, "That's what I like about this, it's not some sort of adjunct companion series. This is the Batman franchise, just backing it up. I think that gives it a real focus as to what the show is about and what stories we're telling."

    There will be no connection to the Batman/Bruce Wayne that Ben Affleck will be introducing in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel 2, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman. "Warner Brothers manages the entire franchise and its one of their top global franchises of all," Reilly said."So there will be an awareness of both and we'll have to coordinate when we're in the market place, but the productions are not piggy-backing off one another."


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    Update: January 13, 2014

    GOTHAM to Feature Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, Bruce Wayne


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    In the original announcement, Fox‘s drama Gotham was described as the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. Now, Deadline reports that those villains will include, at the very least, the Riddler, Catwoman and the Penguin. Scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham explores Gordon’s origins alongside the villains who made Gotham City famous, and takes place in a Gotham plagued with crime before the arrival of Batman. We’ll also get to see Bruce Wayne himself, though not in the role fans are used to.

    Deadline confirms that Gotham, which has a series commitment, has been greenlighted for a pilot. Danny Cannon (CSI) will direct and executive produce said pilot, and plans to set up the writers room mid-February with every intention of going to series. During the ongoing TCA events, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly commented further on the series, specifically addressing the young Bruce Wayne’s role:

    “The show will track Bruce from a child (around 12-year-old) until he puts on a cape (in the finale)… We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge. It is an operatic soap with a larger than life quality.”


    GOTHAM Series to Feature Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin and Young Bruce Wayne
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    Update: January 7, 2014

    Danny Cannon to Direct and Executive Produce GOTHAM Pilot


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    Danny Cannon has been tapped to direct and executive produce the pilot for Fox’s high-profile comic book drama Gotham, from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. The project, which landed at Fox in September after a bidding war, mines DC Comics’ popular Batman character universe and explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. It has a series commitment and is expected to go to series as the project is a priority for the network, and the pilot has a series penalty behind it.

    In Gotham, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Commissioner Gordon has appeared in comic books as well as Batman films and series, including in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, where he was played by Gary Oldman. Cannon directed the pilots and served as an executive producer on the CSI franchise. He also directed the pilot and exec produced the CW’s Nikita, serves as exec producer on the network’s freshman The Tomorrow People, whose pilot he also directed.


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    GOTHAM Pilot Episode Will Feature 10-Year-Old Bruce Wayne


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    Fox and Warner Bros. Television have put out a casting call for the upcoming Gotham TV series. While there has been no official press announcement on the show, DC Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns recently confirmed that a Gotham TV series focusing on James Gordon was indeed moving forward. A casting announcement for the Gotham TV series was just posted to TVShowAuditions.info. The casting call is for a 10-year old Bruce Wayne, and the role is described as a series regular.

    According to a description of the Gotham TV series, the show explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous. The Gotham TV series is listed as having been under development for over a year and shooting on the pilot episode will reportedly start in March 2014. The pilot episode will center on Gotham City PD rookie homicide detective James Gordon who investigates the double murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne.


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    Update: September 24, 2013

    Fox Moving Forward with GOTHAM; Focuses on James Gordon


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    In one of the biggest drama deals this season, after a bidding war, Fox has landed Gotham, from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, with a series commitment. For Gotham, Warner Bros TV is mining one of DC Comics‘ most popular character universes, Batman. It explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous. In Gotham, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and is 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. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Commissioner Gordon has appeared in comic books as well as Batman films and series, including in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy where he was played by Gary Oldman. Along with the Superman franchise, the Batman universe is probably the most prized DC property. While Superman spawned the long-running series Smallville, this is the first series featuring a character from the world of Batman in a very long time as WBTV had been exploring a Gotham City-set show for more than a year.


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    Dragonlordxxxxx Senior Moderator Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Another question is will Gotham be part of the Arrow universe? It's still not confirmed if Arrow will be part of the DC cinematic universe. It might get confusing as well as wasting some great potential if there were 3 DC universes simultaneously running around.
     
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    This could turn out to be a good show.

    And I agree Dragon, wouldn't make much sense to follow along the Nolan universe. However, I hope it's similar in the sense it's a darker, more brooding type show.
     
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    If it has Harvey Bullock I'll watch every episode
     
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    I'm not I understand the point of a show set in Gotham that doesn't have Batman.

    Someone said there was a really good comic that did this but I haven't read it.

    Should we be excited here?
     
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    Seems pointless. Wish they would forget about Batman for one moment and concentrate on the rest of DC's vast amount of characters.
     
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    could be good
     
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    Not gonna happen. Ever. Batman is their one cash cow and they are going to milk it until it runs out of milk, which will never happen cuz Prep Time.
     
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    why the heck not
     
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    watered down genre, doubt Ill watch
     
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    These Superhero shows without the Superhero's just don't interest me. I don't care for this or The Shield.
     

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