In one of the biggest drama deals this season, after a bidding war, Fox has landed Gotham, from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, with a series commitment. For Gotham, Warner Bros TV is mining one of DC Comics‘ most popular character universes, Batman. It explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In Gotham, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series.
The ratings for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D haven’t even come out yet and already other networks are jumping in on the perceived the next big thing.
First of all, how did Fox get this show over the WB? It doesn’t necessarily fit with the demo of the channel but it would have been a perfect pairing with Arrow. Maybe they are still feeling the sting from Birds of Prey.
This is a dumb premise for a show. The villains of Gotham City don’t predate Batman. His presence is what escalated the crazy. Is it going to be a procedural focusing on the Falcone crime family and corruption of the Gotham City PD which was covered in Batman: Year One? Doesn’t sound like a show with a lot of legs.
What really bugs me is that there is a perfectly good show out there based in the comics: Gotham Central.
Gotham Central, written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, was about the day and night shift of the Gotham City Police Department. While it featured many of the villains from Batman’s rogues gallery, Batman was more of a presence than an actual character. It was more about the cops’ relationship with this crazy world they no live and their relationship with one another. Just because Batman showed up to save the day doesn’t mean other cops weren’t investigating crimes by The Mad Hatter or The Joker. Sometimes the GCPD were first on the scene and it led to disasters.
I always thought Gotham Central would be made into a show because Rucka and Brubaker never treated like a superhero comic. It was a police procedural first and foremost. It would basically be like Law and Order: Special Victims Unit except the victims would be frozen or might have died laughing.
If Lietuenant Gordon is going to be facing off against The Joker or the Mad Hatter and Batman doesn’t exist, how is this going to play out.
It’s just another wasted opportunity.
That said, I hope this is the theme song.