Batman prequel 'Gotham' picked up by Fox

Detective drama "Gotham" will tell the origin story of Commissioner Gordon, before he meets Batman.
Posted By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com   |   Sept. 25, 2013 at 7:39 AM
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Fox has given a straight-to-series order for "Gotham," based on "Batman" character Commissioner James Gordon.

The detective drama takes place before Batman hits the scene in Gotham City, and follows Gordon's rise through the ranks.

Gordon first appeared in Detective Comics #27, the same issue that introduced the Dark Knight, though in the TV series, Gotham City's most famous police officer hasn't yet met the superhero. In addition to telling Gordon's origin story, the series will focus on some of the city's most famous villains.

The DC comic adaptation from Warner Bros. Television will be written and executive produced by "The Mentalist" showrunner Bruno Heller.

In addition to "Gotham" Fox is also adapting Alan Moore's Vertigo comic "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

The move comes as comics are all over the small screen, with ABC debuting its "Agents of SHIELD" series based on the Marvel comics intelligence group. The CW is still considering its Wonder Woman prequel "Amazon" and has potential spinoff "Flash" in the works.

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