Debut Gotham Trailer: Batman Babies?


Here’s your first look at Fox’s new Batman prequel series

Earlier today, Fox made news by officially picking up Gotham for a series order, making it the first high-profile new pickup for the 2014/15 TV season. Wasting no time, the network has now debuted the first trailer for the series, which features Ben McKenzie as the future Commissioner Gordon in his youth as a rookie detective.

The trailer introduces young Gordon and fellow Donal Logue as Det. Harvey Bullock, but also reveals that the roster of pre-Batman DC Comics heroes and villains onhand is already a bit larger than originally teased: Along with David Mazouz as the young Bruce Wayne and Carmen Bicondova as a tween Catwoman, Sinister’s Clare Foley appears as “Ivy Pepper,” apparently destined to become Gotham’s version of Poison Ivy. Among the grownups, Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot is already packing his Penguin umbrella, while Cory Michael Smith’s Edward Nygma is at this point a police forensic scientist. Other longstanding Batman supporting players like Sarah Essen, Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen are also onhand; and earlier announcements mentioned Harvey Dent and The Joker as likely future characters.

The series, which is not connected to any previous or future Batman movie continuity, is the brainchild of The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. It is set to join Fox’s primetime lineup this fall.

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