You can’t turn a channel without landing on a TV show based on a comic book superhero these days. Or at least, for the next few years. Who knows what will happen in late 2015 or 2016 if and should the superhero on TV trend dies down, because let’s face it, as much as people love comic book movies, are they really going to turn in for the TV version? Maybe, maybe not. “Arrow” made it work, but it’s on the CW, and almost nobody really watches the CW. “Agents of SHIELD,” meanwhile, barely survived its first season.
Fox has “Gotham” on deck. It’s the Batman TV show that won’t have Batman in it. I still think that’s a really, really bad idea. A Batman TV show without Batman is a regular cop show, right? Perhaps I’ll be proven wrong. In any case, check out a bunch of clips from the pilot.
Based upon characters published by DC Entertainment and produced by Warner Bros. Television, GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. Starring Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe”), 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. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” franchise, “Nikita”). John Stephens will serve as an executive producer on the series.
“Gotham” premieres September 22nd. Hey, that’s next Monday!
Here are a bunch of featurettes for the show you might have missed: