Gotham TV Show on Fox to Be Batman Origin Story

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Gotham TV Show on Fox to Be Batman Origin Story

Fox confirms Gotham will be an origin story for the young Bruce Wayne and will be in the same gritty tone as Christoper Nolan's Batman films.

Last year, Fox announced that it has given a straight-to-series order for a new live-action TV series titled "Gotham," which reportedly wouldn't feature Batman himself, but instead focus on a young Commissioner Gordon. But at today's TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, FOX Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly has confirmed the earlier reports were false, and that the show would indeed function as an origin story for the Dark Knight.

According to Reilly, Gotham "is an origin story for the young Bruce Wayne," and promises that all of the classic Batman characters and villains will make an appearance on the show, which includes Commissioner Gordon, the Penguin, the Riddler and of course, Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker.

The TV series will show how the characters "became who they are," and be about "Gotham on the brink." As for Bruce Wayne himself, the show will follow him from childhood through his transformation into the Batman, with the final episode highlighting the moment when Bruce dons the cape and cowl. While FOX is still uncertain what age he'll be when the show starts, Reilly estimates that Bruce will at least be 13 at the start of the series. "If we do our job well he'll be a young man and be ready (to be Batman) by the end," the exec adds. This slow reveal rings true for Batman's foes, too, as Reilly mentions, "We're not starting in that world where the villains are in costume," but viewers will witness the villains' transformation, and how they end up as the characters we know now.

Just in case you're wondering, the Gotham TV series will share no connection to Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman film. So, don't expect a Ben Affleck cameo anytime soon -- though that's not to say it won't borrow anything from past Batman films; while director Christopher Nolan is not involved with the show's production, it will be in the same grittier tone established with the Dark Knight trilogy.

Casting for Gotham is expected to start soon, but no target premiere date has been announced as of press time.

Based on what we know so far, what do you think of this new take on Batman's origin story? Will FOX be able to replicate the same level of success as Batman Begins or even Frank Miller's excellent Batman: Year One graphic novel?

Source: IGN

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Is nobody else instantly bored by the idea of ANOTHER origins story? I've seen the origin of Batman in 2 movies now.
I guess it hasn't gotten as bad as Superman, where we see his 'origin' story almost every damn film.

Interesting... I would watch it for a few episodes to see if it was any good. I do have one question though. How do you show the origin of the Joker? I'm not informed on the comics, but isn't the lore that no one knows who the Joker is or how he came to be?

Well thank God. It's about time they got around to telling Batman's origin.

*eye roll*

O...for the love of...uck.

Beware The Batman is going it great job, no need for this series.

OH FOR GOD'S SAKE DO WE NEED ANOTHER ORIGIN STORY FOR BATMAN?

For the love of all that is good and green on this earth can we not just have a show or film where Batman is already in the cowl and has been for a while? Tim Burton's Batman managed to pull it off, mostly.

Sarge034:
Interesting... I would watch it for a few episodes to see if it was any good. I do have one question though. How do you show the origin of the Joker? I'm not informed on the comics, but isn't the lore that no one knows who the Joker is or how he came to be?

Supposedly, we'll see how the villains transform. I have no idea how that works, though. Maybe show Joker as a teen being a punk?

Li Mu:
Is nobody else instantly bored by the idea of ANOTHER origins story? I've seen the origin of Batman in 2 movies now.
I guess it hasn't gotten as bad as Superman, where we see his 'origin' story almost every damn film.

I know how you feel. I'm a huge Batman fan and it seems every time a new film, animated movie or comic is released, it's about his origin story. Well, at least FOX is showing us a new point-of-view with a young Bruce Wayne. I assume they saw Smallville and thought the same would work with Batman.

I wonder who else is lining up to beat this particular dead horse?

Man, DC really does have only one property that anyone is interested in don't they?

Well this is guaranteed to be crap. God forbid we get a series about batman just going on batman adventures on a weekly basis (aka every good batman animated series to date), nope gotta drag out the tired old we've done it a million times already but hey here's another origin story pointlessness.

Li Mu:
Is nobody else instantly bored by the idea of ANOTHER origins story? I've seen the origin of Batman in 2 movies now.
I guess it hasn't gotten as bad as Superman, where we see his 'origin' story almost every damn film.

Yeah, but Superman's has rocket ships.

DON'T DISS ROCKET SHIPS

Wouldn't it be more interesting to have a series focusing on Batman towards the end of his career instead of the beginning?

Li Mu:
Is nobody else instantly bored by the idea of ANOTHER origins story? I've seen the origin of Batman in 2 movies now.
I guess it hasn't gotten as bad as Superman, where we see his 'origin' story almost every damn film.

*rises hand*
No one needs to see another origin story. There are tribes of mole men, deep under the earth who have never heard of man that know batmans origin story.

God damn it, I was so down for a Commissioner Gordan TV show.

I guess a Batman origin story TV show isn't the worst thing that could happen, but it doesn't seem nearly as interesting considering everyone already knows the origin story of batman, and no one really needs to see it again. Fox is taking way less of a risk with this show than they could have and it's disappointing.

Also really not digging the possibility of child actors being involved.

ZZoMBiE13:
Well thank God. It's about time they got around to telling Batman's origin.

*eye roll*

Here I was thinking; It's been about 5 years, shouldn't they be rebooting Batman again?

Nah not shocked, not even a tiny bit. It's a shame Smallville boned Superman so badly, more so that Wonder Woman's series wasn't picked up. Don't get me wrong, I like superhero t.v series, Windows 8 (sorry, Arrow) is pretty good. But let's see a different hero. But not Aquaman, he blows bubbles.

"it isnt going to be about batman"

"its about how he came to be!!!"

make up your mind fox.

also this will be hillariously bad. seeing a child act like an adult and more like the gritty adult bruce in the nolan movies will be just comedy gold.

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*punches alfred*
WHERE IS IT!?!
WHERE IS THE CHOCOLATE MILK!
*punches alfred*
TELL ME!

WHY

Please SOMEONE tell me why we another origin story for batman?!

Here, i'll explain his origin within a 10 sentences:
His parents die, boo hoo
He's alone with his crazy butler
gets older, goes crazy and dresses like a bat
punches people
punches super villians
gets popular with the ladies
punches more people

THERE, origin done
check please!

Really? We're going the "Origin" route with Batman. We're going to be doing this again? Seriously?

*sigh*

The least they could do is come up with a new origin story. They're already going to piss off Batman fans so they might as well do something original at the same time. Here's my pitch:

Bruce Wayne is a vet at Gotham Zoo. Working late one night he is bitten by a bat with a sore throat, granting him the superhuman ability of having a gravelly voice. Stumbling home, delirious with fever, he witnesses some thugs brutally beating a beloved franchise in a darkened alley. At this moment he dedicates his life to fighting crime and corruption, masking his true identity with a slightly different voice than his own and using the fortune he made healing sick animals to have an arsenal of curiously specific gadgets made to aid his cause. Also he's an orphan.

I share the sentiments of most others here. We do not need another origin story for Batman. We've seen it already. Many times, most recently in the form of Batman Begins (and also some of the newer animated things presumably but I haven't seen those). There's literally no reason to do this. At all. Besides, knowing Fox it'll run for one season and get cancelled anyway.

008Zulu:

ZZoMBiE13:
Well thank God. It's about time they got around to telling Batman's origin.

*eye roll*

Here I was thinking; It's been about 5 years, shouldn't they be rebooting Batman again?

Nah not shocked, not even a tiny bit. It's a shame Smallville boned Superman so badly, more so that Wonder Woman's series wasn't picked up. Don't get me wrong, I like superhero t.v series, Windows 8 (sorry, Arrow) is pretty good. But let's see a different hero. But not Aquaman, he blows bubbles.

1.) the wonderwoman series was an afront to the character. And it was stupid.
2.) Aquaman hate? really? the dude controls ocean life and a powerful military armed with better tech than the surface world. also a decent and just guy. could curbstomb half the planet.

3.) the justice league unlimited animated: JUST REVIVE THAT!!!!!!!!!

But they wont because noname actors and cheap interior sets are cheaper than anythig requiring effort.

Prepare for lots of empty talk with this batman show.

Sounds like a backpedal after the original Commissioner Gordon show idea got so much negative feedback... so they made it even worse by doing yet another bloody origin story FFS.

Why the hell would they tell Batman's origin again? And if they are going to have Batman in it why wouldn't they tie in to the new DC movies? These people have no fucking clue what they're doing. They're just regurgitating a well known story with a popular character to make a buck. I hope this series fails spectacularly. Although even if it does fail, they'll take away the wrong lesson on why that happened.

Yes because we were still unclear of how batman came to be >.<

And am I the only one who doesn't consider the Nolan movies as "gritty" Dark? Yeah, but not gritty.

Capach: More Better
NO! Too much = bad!

Soviet Heavy:

For the love of all that is good and green on this earth can we not just have a show or film where Batman is already in the cowl and has been for a while?

That would be the animared series.

OT: You know this won't get very far. FOX ends up tanking alot of things.

Sarge034:
Interesting... I would watch it for a few episodes to see if it was any good. I do have one question though. How do you show the origin of the Joker? I'm not informed on the comics, but isn't the lore that no one knows who the Joker is or how he came to be?

Pretty much, even the Joker himself may not be quite sure. And that's before you even factor in all the contin uity reboots. Honestly, this is Why Marvel has the Avengers and DC's is rushing to play catch up in the shoddiest way possible.

Seriously the origin story... we know the bloody origin story already. Christ... I'd much rather see something along the lines of a CSI style crime show set around the Gotham Police Department because that would be interesting.

This is really disappointing news to me. When there was just the idea of a Commissioner Gordon TV show at least then I was potentially intrigued. A detective crime show set in Gotham but not focusing on Batman? Well color me intrigued. Obviously you lose the really big villains but they still could have had like Zsasz or Maxie Zeus or something. Or even Cobblepot.

But no...not only is this going to be ANOTHER re-telling of Batman's origin story, but they've already simply decided "Oh yeah, we're also not going to try anything new with it. We're just going to keep it all dark and Nolany."

I used to be interested in this show, now I'm just...I just don't care anymore.

FalloutJack:

Soviet Heavy:

For the love of all that is good and green on this earth can we not just have a show or film where Batman is already in the cowl and has been for a while?

That would be the animared series.

OT: You know this won't get very far. FOX ends up tanking alot of things.

Nope, Mask of the Phantasm, remember? His one chance at a normal life dashed and he gives it all up to become the bat.

Yes, because the origin story of Batman isn't already one of the most widely known origins of any comic superhero.

Of course it'll focus on Batman. He's Batman. He's what sells the most so that's where the focus will be. I'll just go back to my fantasy of a Commissioner Gordon-led TV drama akin to Sherlock with Batman never really showing up, but is always there, helping along.

Well a pre batman gotham would be a cesspool of corruption, crime and depression era like poverty. if they would focus more on that and the sickness of gotham and its police and politicians then it could be interesting.

if its smallville with bruce wayne. meh.

if it went international and showed him studying and experiencing different philosophies and learning different things a etc that might be cool since alot of that is left open for exploration, there been some really good mini stories of his early years and travels and how he learned to be the way he is.

with good writing ti could be good, but it being a tv show well i will take a healthy dose of wait n see.

I am happy it will be far removed from bale verse, since tdkr he has shown a total not getting of the superhero thing, that 3rd bat flick was horrid, the superman flick horrid.

Nolan is not some golden boy. I think maybe got delt a bit of a bad hand with ledger dying since i suspect joker played a way bigger role in the 3rd movie if he had lived.

But still he ruined the character of the batman assasinated him an emo batman that sits on a ass for 8 years doing nothing, a gorilla batman workign like a ninja and operating around the law would have been great to see, the comic batman could no more stop being batman than cut off his own head. after a few months he would have been back out there not wallowing in his mansion over some girl that was going to run off with another psychopath.

magic knee brace or 8 years off and how ready he was with his magic knee brace, made little sense. fact he spent near zero prep time made little sense, fact he never vetted his cfo or w/e talia was.

tdkr was bad.

how many origins stories does Batman need? we all know his parents were murdered and he became Batman to avenge them and stop others from suffering a similar fate. The Batman Begins film already did he best job of exploring his origin in a realistic manner and doing it again wouldn't serve any purpose. Enough with Batman Origin story DC.. how about exploring another DC superhero's origin story in a TV series.. or even a villain's origin story for a change.

cerebus23:
Well a pre batman gotham would be a cesspool of corruption, crime and depression era like poverty. if they would focus more on that and the sickness of gotham and its police and politicians then it could be interesting.

if its smallville with bruce wayne. meh.

if it went international and showed him studying and experiencing different philosophies and learning different things a etc that might be cool since alot of that is left open for exploration, there been some really good mini stories of his early years and travels and how he learned to be the way he is.

with good writing ti could be good, but it being a tv show well i will take a healthy dose of wait n see.

While I agree that a show that depicted Bruce Wayne travelling around the world learning the things he does in order to become Batman might work, you know this show is not going to be that. Otherwise, it wouldn't be called "Gotham". :P

Wait, Bruce Wayne is Batman?

Ahhh! Spoiler warnings people, that's the new Batman/Superman movie totally ruined.

Li Mu:

not only is this going to be ANOTHER re-telling of Batman's origin story, but they've already simply decided "Oh yeah, we're also not going to try anything new with it. We're just going to keep it all dark and Nolany."

I'm wondering what a camp Adam West Batman origin story would look like.

Bruce Wayne's parents get their ice creams stolen by criminal thugs? Also in this tale Bruce is already like 30 years old and they are all dressed in Hawaiian shirts and bermuda shorts.

Robin joins him after his parents are mildly inconvenienced in traffic congestion.

I'd watch that TV series.

Fox can do edgy with the best of them i would be really impressed if the pushed home the prostitution, gambling, drugs and etc, but i doubt they will go american horror story route with the thing, and probably want to keep it prime time pg friendly at lest.

so no murders no drugs nothing too gruesome and cops not being as bad as bad cops can be and so on to keep it that pg range.

If they go that hell on earth route though, way its depected in some of the comics, what other kind of city would you have to live in in order to arrive at the rational decision that becoming a feared vigilante that beats people to near death and breaks bones to achieve an end.

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