In today’s category of Unsurprising Television News, Fox has officially ordered the pre-Batman show Gotham to series. The network had a strong series commitment for the show that takes place in the title city before the arrival of the Caped Crusader, but if they had not taken it to series, Fox would have had to pay a major financial penalty. Any fear of that is now behind as us Gotham has a season one order that is reported to be for “at least” 13 episodes.
Gotham stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Cory Michael Smith, and Camren Bicondova. The pilot, which was written by Bruno Heller and directed by Danny Cannon, who are also both executive producers, will hit the small screens some time this fall. But you won’t have to wait that long to get a look at the series since the first trailer is expected to air on Fox tonight during the 24: Live Another Day event. Hit the jump for more.
As EW reports, not only did Fox place a series order for Gotham, but the first trailer for the fall series will hit the airwaves tonight. In it, we’ll hopefully get our first look at McKenzie in action as Gordon, alongside Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, with The Penguin (Taylor Lord), young Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman (Bicondova), and Michael Smith’s Riddler as longer shots.
As for 24: Live Another Day, be sure to check out Christina’s recent interview with star Kiefer Sutherland, as well as Adam’s review here. Then be sure to watch the show for yourself tonight on Fox and keep an eye out for the Gotham trailer. If you miss it, you can bet your Bat-Cape that we’ll have it online ASAP.
Here’s a look at the full synopsis for Gotham:
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 fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, Open Grave, “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, “HawthoRNe,” Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” Another Earth).
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.