A Gotham City TV Show Without Batman? Yeah, That’s Going to Work.


James Gordon Comic BookWhat do you call a TV show based on the world of D.C.’s Batman character, set in his infamously corrupt Gotham City, and following the adventures of his cop buddy, a Detective name James Gordon — but without Batman ever showing up? As in, EVER?

You call that a cop show.

Except this cop show will be burdened with the Batman history, the Batman shadow, but without any of the Batman pluses like, you know, Batman himself. Hell, I don’t think they’re even allowed to MENTION Batman.

But apparently Fox and Warner Bros. TV think there is an audience for a TV show about Batman’s loyal police buddy Commissioner James Gordon. Except here Gordon will still be a police Detective. We’re told that the show will “explore the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous”.

But no Joker, right? Or Two-Face? How could you have The Joker and Two-Face without Batman? See the problem here? So it’s not REALLY “the villains who made Gotham City famous”.

As for Batman, well, the Caped Crusader apparently “will not be part of the series”. Probably because while Warner Bros. is selling the show to Fox, they don’t want their prized goat Batman showing up on a network other than the CW, where all D.C. comic book characters are currently located, being that they’re essentially the same company.

But if you’re wondering why Warner Bros. didn’t just put the show on the CW, apparently it’s because Fox won rights to the show after an intense bidding war. So if that means Warner Bros. TV sold the show to Fox instead of giving it to the CW as part of their growing D.C. TV universe, it sure is a bit short-sighted on their part.

The only reason I can see why Warner Bros. TV and Fox are doing this is because they saw all the fanboygasm happening over ABC and Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD”, and thought, “Let’s get some of that!” But the big difference, of course, is that Marvel is ridiculously brilliant about merging their brands, and although Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America PROBABLY won’t show up in “Agents of SHIELD” (though they’re certainly mentioned often enough), Batman won’t actually EXIST in “Gotham”.

In any case, “Gotham” will be coming to you from “The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller, who is quite accustomed to police procedurals, so ol Jim Gordon should be in good hands.

Gary Oldman and Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2006) Movie Image

“So wait, this show is about Gotham City and you, but I, Batman, don’t show up? I don’t get it.”

Via : Deadline

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  • Juggernaut

    I’m in. Even if there is no mention of Batman in the show, the GCPD characters, if done well, could be very entertaining. Maybe some Thomas Wayne back story. Couple that with some guest spots by other famous Gotham baddies who have yet to be seen like Killer Croc, Rupert Thorne, Ventriloquist & Scarface and Black Mask. Then they could bring in higher tier villains like Riddler and Penguin in later seasons all culminating with the arrival of a new vigilante in the city. They don’t need to show Batman standing there at all. Just having a bat-signal shine at the end is enough.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I like where you’re going with this, except for the new vigilante, unless you’re saying the series ends with the appearance of Batman, which I could dig. If they do this though it really shoudl be before ANY super or costumed criminals, with the exception of Ventriloquist and Scarface. Definitely do some Wayne, and Arkham, backstory though. there’s been a lot of buidling up in the comics of the history of gotham. Use the Elliots and the Cobblepots as well. Basically tell a story where the old crime guard and influential families are clashing with the mob. The Falcones and the Thornes, vs the Elliots, and the Cobblepots, with a Young and ambitious Oswald trying to take over his own family and move into teh more lucrative criminal enterprises against their will. Then throw in the wild card of Scarface moving in and trying to take it all.

      • Juggernaut

        Absolutely! And yes, I meant that Batman would show up at the end.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Also thought about it some more it could even be set BEFORE Bruce’s parent’s are killed.

  • Lexavi80


    I still don’t know how nobody at Warner pitch a Nightwing series.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah that’d actually be a very good show. I’d spin it like they tried to spin Birds of Prey, except that Batman isn’t “Dead or missing” we’re in Bludhaven, which is Gotham’s sister city. it’d be grittier and darker in some ways, and less with the crazy over the top villains, but there’dbe some for sure.

  • 0ptik

    If they are using Gordon, i’m hoping for the “Batman Year One” Gordon that kicked ass and didnt just walk around waiting for batman like every other version.

    “Its been a long time since i kicked the ass of a green berret” or something like that lol

  • JasOn Vu

    what dc trying to do, copying marvel agent of shield is not going to help. Dc is already rock bottom. Their no redemption from their DC reboot universe, and the ben casting as Batman. Ps man of steel had so many plot hole and weak storyline. Dc is just too far gone.