Origin story spin-off for Batman's Commissioner Gordon
The DC Comics Batman universe expands on the small screen with new TV show Gotham following the origin story of Commissioner Gordon – played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
The show will follow rookie detective James Gordon (played by Ben McKenzie) as he encounters the criminal underworld of Gotham City and meets a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) following the death of the future Bat’s parents. Gotham will also provide an origin springboard for several villains including Catwoman and The Penguin.
The spin-off is being handled by show runner Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome). Unveiling a new teaser at San Diego’s Comic-Con and revealing his approach to writing the show, Heller told Collider:
“That’s the beautiful thing about this world: it is genuine popular mythology. You can’t come up with an original idea in the Batman universe that someone hasn’t already done, which means that the pressure is off. It’s both a world that everyone understands and has expectations about, but you can also play with it and create new myth without betraying the old myth. You can tell history without lying. Normally you’re warping something. The truth here – everyone owns the truth. It’s a beautiful place to write.”
The show will premiere this autumn in the US on the Fox network but there’s no UK debut confirmed yet. Here’s the official synopsis for the show:
“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. It 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), 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), 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.
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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), 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).
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, 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.”
Check out the extended trailer below: