Turns Out, Batman Will Show Up in Fox’s Gotham TV Series After all

Batman by Jim Lee

Though it was originally announced as a Batman TV show that won’t necessarily involve the Caped Crusader, turns out that won’t be the case when Fox’s “Gotham” arrives on the scene either later this year or sometime next year. Which makes sense, since although the idea of a Gotham City show about Commissioner Jim Gordon before he becomes Commissioner is interesting, it’s basically just like a cop show, right?

Not the case, as it turns out. Fox chief Kevin Reilly revealed that Batman himself will definitely appear — albeit at the very end of the series, telling Deadline:

The show will track Bruce from a child (around 12 years 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.

Sounds like Gordon will still play a big role, but it won’t be his show anymore. I don’t know if the whole premise got changed between then and now, but it sure sounds like it to me. It also sounds a lot like Frank Miller’s “Year One” storyline from the comics, which tracked the growth of Bats before he finally put on the cape and cowl.

Reilly also promises “all the classic villains” from Batman’s Rogues Gallery, including Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin. The Joker isn’t mentioned, but you gotta figure if they’re already including Batman, his nemesis is a no-brainer, right?

Danny Cannon will be directing the pilot, with “The Mentalist’s” Bruno Heller running the show.

Batman Year One Comic Cover



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

    So I’m getting the show I thought up when Smallville hit. Okay.

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      Well when the guys who made Smallville first got the idea they originally wanted to go with Bruce Wayne/Batman.

  • Juggernaut

    While I will be watching you know that all we’ll get is a five to ten season tease (if we’re “lucky”). Then Bruce will adopt the signature cape and cowl that we’ll see the side/back of in a suit up montage of the final episode. I am interested in the GCPD aspect thoug and a couple of guest of the week villain arcs along with some cameos by other heros and easter eggs for Bat-Fans will make it worth checking out.

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      I don’t think that will be the case. All the classic villians sprang up cause of Batman and the whole cape thing. In essence he is his own biggest adversary because he spawns supervillians. Hopefully they’ll stick by that and Bruce will become Batman much earlier than clark in smallville.

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

        Nope I think they’re spinning this a different direction. I think we’re going to get origins without them becoming full on villains. We’ll see crime families like the Falcones, Thornes, and the Maronis. We’ll see an ambitious Oswald Cobblepot start his criminal enterprise, and we’ll see Ramon Sionis become Black Mask and start his own criminal empire. We’ll probably get a pre-Joker Joker and Edward Nigma before he turns to crime, all of this will tie into the death of the Waynes. I really hope they add the Elliots and the Kanes to the mix as well. Maybe even a Court of Owls reference.

  • JasOn Vu

    batman meet smallville, Oh my Je*us.. random alternative history, villain appear earlier in Bruce Wayne life.. random future Spoiler…you get the point.

  • ultra q

    dadadada-BATMAAAAAAAN!