Fox Orders to Series Gotham, Origin Story for Batman Lore's Commissioner Gordon

Fox Orders Gotham SeriesBiff! Thwak!

On the evening that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered on ABC, Fox fired a shot across the bow by ordering straight to series Gotham, a drama based on the DC Comics character of Commissioner Gordon.

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Executive-produced and penned by The Mentalist‘s Bruno Heller (who earlier this week sold a Mars drama to The CW) and produced by Warner Bros. Television, the one-hour drama series promises to explore “the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that made Gotham famous.”

IOW: Mr. Freeze, call your agent.

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  1. Lindsey says:

    I would only watch if Gary Oldman played the role…and that is unlikely to happen

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Problem with that, this is Gordon’s ORIGIN story…Oldman is amazing and fantastic and was perfect as Gordon but as his last name protests, he is a OLD MAN…he cant pull off 20’s or 30’s even with makeup/CGI i would bet. Some faces lend themselves to looking younger fairly easy and some really really dont (Oldman).

    • Jess says:

      I agree! I love Gary Oldman. Yes, he’s old (even though he played 35 year old Sirius), but he’s the only Gordon for me!

  2. M3rc Nate says:

    Idk….i guess this has potential if they go dark and gritty and show his special forces (green beret) back ground and how he started as a cop then became a detective etc…if they shy away or just give tiny teases to the supernatural/vigilante/batman/villans etc…i will be disappointed. Im not saying to cast Batman or anything…but be bold, cast a Bruce Wayne for Gordon to interact with at fundraisers etc (when Gorden gets the job in Gotham).

    If you read/watch the Batman Year One comics/animated movie, you see a lot of cool Gordon stuff…and in this show he can meet and date then marry his wife then have their kid(s) then he cheats on her with a new female detective etc…so theres a ton of potential for this show. But they just have to truly commit.

  3. Katy says:

    You know what FOX has made some good choices with its drama’s this year and if they decide (and they should) to just ditch XFactor (brings in decent ratings but costs too much for the hosts imo same with AI) then they would have even more money to play around with.

  4. OnceFan316 says:

    Bryan Cranston as Gordon people will turn in he already voice Gordon before.

  5. Dani says:

    AWESOME. Let’s hope the casting is good.

  6. Esaul says:

    I don’t think this will end well…

  7. El says:

    I don’t think that Commissioner Gordon is going to have the same pulling power as a resurrected Agent Coulson. People are already reacting with why isn’t it Batman and that’s the problem with this in a nutshell.

    • Drew says:

      Did Coulson even exist before the Iron Man movies? If he did, I had never heard of him. James Gordon, on the other hand, is an iconic character going back decades. Why would he not have the pull of a minor character from the Marvel movies, who goes all the way back to 2008?

      • He did not exist, but he’s gained so much of a following that he’s propagated into both the animated movies and the comics. Basically, he’s Marvel’s Harley Quinn.

        • Drew says:

          Yeah, he is a stand out character. But James Gordon is iconic, like Lois Lane or Jimmy Olsen. Coulson is cool and all, but nowhere near Gordon’s level. He has had his own comics already.

  8. And things come full circle. Fox will air a Batman TV show decades after it produced the original Batman TV show of the 1960’s.

  9. Drew says:


    Gordon is a legendary character with an instantly recognizable name. Gotham is a city that has maintained many non-Batman stories in the past. There is no good reason for this to not work, so if it sucks it is all on the writers.

    I still want a Nightwing series though.

  10. alistaircrane says:

    I hope they can find a role for Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain, two of my favourite Bat characters. I also can’t wait to see CATWOMAN!!!!

  11. Joey says:

    This is goog news. I hope the casting for the show will be good and hope they get fan favorite characters from Batman world on the show.

  12. cb says:

    This will be lame if batman isn’t in it

  13. Joey says:

    This could be a good show but they shouldn’t call it “Gotham”, that’s like doing Smallville with a young Jonathan Kent as its main character, it’s not what the general public expects.

    I’m not happy that the show apparently plans to introduce the villains as well, that will draw even more attention to the fact that Batman isn’t there, it’s like they want the audience to ask “where’s Batman?”.

  14. David4 says:

    Just what Fox needs another cop show.

  15. murley says:

    I am so looking forward to this. I have always liked the character and if they really go there with the villians (batman has the best villians) it could be really great. At least, I hope it is.

  16. David James says:

    My first reaction to this was that it would be a great pairing with Sleepy Hollow. 2 shows with fantasy elements and with cop elements. I’ll just be annoyed if Fox decide to pair that dud Almost Human with Sleepy Hollow next year.

  17. Susan says:

    I want Tom Welling!!!!

  18. Maryann says:

    Can’t wait! This show has so much potential! I think the main thing some people are forgetting is that a lot of who Gordon can interact with is a matter of timing. If he is cast as a young man just starting out on the force, it will be when Bruce Wayne was a child, long before he became Batman. But what will that say about the timing for Gotham’s villains? And what age do they plan for Gordon? Will he be young, just starting out on the force, or already Commissioner?

    • Marc says:

      Can you imagine doing them doing that scene where Officer Gordon met and comforted a young Bruce Wayne? But like you mentioned, that would definitely affect the introduction of the villains. Plus, I’m thinking that they would want to at least have Gordon already on his way to becoming commissioner so maybe he would not be an officer, but perhaps lieutenant or captain? IDK, just guessing.

  19. I would like it if the show was set during Batman’s time but the “he’s not in it” was because it’s entirely told from the POV of Gordon. I don’t like the idea of the villains being it in it before Batman makes his debut.

    • Marc says:

      They have to be really careful about how they introduce the villains and which ones, special attention must be made to the timing as well. Besides, those villains were captured due to Batman’s help so they must have a plan of how they intend to have the bad guys running around Gotham and the star of the show not being successful at capturing them.

  20. Elga N. says:

    Why they so afraid to make a Batman live-action series?
    It’s that difficult?

  21. TD says:

    “Biff! Thwak!”??? When will people stop doing this? Obviously, the current Batman sensibility is light years away from the 1960s Batman TV show. So why invoke it whenever “Batman” is mentioned in any sentence? Even more significantly, if writers think they’re being clever by using this, the opposite is true–EVERYBODY has done this for the past 45 years! So stop it already!

  22. Luis says:

    What’s next? Lois Lane in journalism school?

  23. Alan says:

    gordon without batman is pointless, gotham without batman is pointless. as a massive fan of the comic book series gotham central, which i assume this would take more than a little inspiration from, im completely underwhelmed by this. batman is the reason all the villains took up their personas in the first place so to take that aspect away is just weird. i dont want to see a young gordon either, i want to see the gordon that has always been featured in the comics, an origin story for gordon just doesnt sound that interesting. all that being said if they include harvey bullock (played by dean norris), renée montoya and romy chandler in the cast, and have them tackle the corruption in the force and i will be back on side.

  24. what! says:

    Sooo happy that it didn’t get picked up by the CW! We wont be getting a poster of a shirtless Gordon! Michael C. Hall for a younger Gordon!

  25. As one expects a series of Batman, is properly with that character, but always good to have, the right to prove that it can work, as we can take a good surprise.

  26. scott m says:

    Why cant batman be in the show…its from james Gordon perspective right…so have him dealing with the masked man calling himself the batman but not focusing on batman in season 1. Bring in Bruce Wayne but not really focus on his batman side. Suppose to be a shadow character anyway not all in the lime light. Perhaps we can learn in season 2 with bat girl that Bruce Wayne is batman and than have more back and forth. I say bat girl cause robin is kinda out dated. Than you can have all season one to show off commissioner Gordon than bring out bat girl which leads to batman in season 2 than season 3 can be a balance act. Three different plots going on between the three leads. Than bat girl can in mid season 3 date Bruce as her real out of costume character and cliff hanger into season 4 she discovers he is batman. This show can work. Just no other batman entree can exist. A whole new story.

  27. scott m says:

    Gotham works so eventually the show can go with any character as its lead its hard to replace the lead if the name is specific like the Michael j fox show can’t recast someone else if he leaves at the end of his contract. But gotham can be about any character Jim Gordon could retire and move on in a few years and new characters can come or maybe dark knight rises character can come under his wing and rise to the commissioner level detective Blake. This can be an awesome show orcrappy beyond reason just do it right. Don’t need a repeat of birds of prey….can’t have that.

  28. Louise Frederick says:

    I love this series.