‘Gotham’ Gets a Premiere Date and New TV Spots

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Select people who attend the International Comic-Con in San Diego later this month will get to see the pilot episode for Gotham, well before the rest of the viewing public. Everyone else, however, won’t have to wait that much longer to check out Fox’s much buzzed-about crime/procedural based in the Batman universe – as the show now has a set-in-stone date air date for its premiere, to be accompanied by at least 12 more episodes.

Gotham follows one Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), a cop and newcomer to Gotham City who is “destined for greatness,” but must first navigate an extremely corrupt city – one that will eventually give rise to “the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes,” as the show’s official description puts it. We already knew the show will be airing on Monday evenings beginning in Fall 2014, but Fox has now confirmed that Gotham will be up and running by September 22nd this year, to be exact.

A good chunk of pre-premiere marketing for Gotham has been focused on highlighting the famous Batman villains whose origins shall be explored over the course of the series, while also calling attention to certain characters – such as Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney – who start off the show being, for all intents and purposes, bad to the bone already.

By comparison, the above “Heroes” TV spot instead puts a magnifying glass up close to the more admirable Gordon and his attempts to console the young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) so shortly after the boy’s parents are gunned down right in front of him. (Spoiler: In the long run, Gordon’s efforts don’t have quite the effect that he intended.)

The “World” promo for Gotham (see above) features the show’s head writer/executive producer Bruno Heller (the creator of HBO’s Rome and CBS’ The Mentalist TV series), as he talks about the show’s many different tones and elements – all working together to create a vision of the Batman universe that can vary from “craziness” to “beauty,” depending on the occasion.

That sounds about right, for a series that combines iconic comic book characters and neo-Noir tropes together; now, it just remains to be seen how adept Heller and his collaborators prove to be, when it comes to handling the task at hand.

We’ll find out when Gotham premieres on Fox on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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  1. Definite excitement for this, especially since it’s so close now.

  2. This is on my must watch list for this fall. But FOX has screwed the pooch already. I just double-checked, and it’s premiering against The Big Bang Theory (temporarily on Mondays). Say what you will about the The Big Bang Theory, it’s TV biggest show right now. Man, FOX really earns their reputation, doesn’t it?

    • Not only will it be going against Big Bang Theory, but it will be going against Monday Night Football. I’m excited for this show, but the way Fox markets their sci-fi series, only to cancel them shortly thereafter, makes me wonder if they even care.

    • If I lived over in the US, I know which one I’d rather watch (hint, I’ve never found TBBT to be funny whatsoever, never even raised my lips into a smirk, it’s just another in an endless line of not-funny sitcoms).

  3. Ahhhh I’m not excited as a DC fan but still I’m going to watch this along with Flash on Tuesdays and Arrow on Wednsdays, don’t forget Agents/Shield on tuesdays as well

  4. Monday nights this fall will be awesome. Gotham and Sleepy Hollow. Yes sir great times ahead!

  5. This show will be a disaster.

  6. Everyone bad-mouthed Arrow as a TDK-rip off during the first season, and now all of a sudden it’s the most unanimously supported fan-discussion topic on the internet? Sorry, I refuse to say no to Gotham until I watch the pilot myself. For all we know, it could be good.

    As for The Flash, no the pilot looked extremely tacky. But I have hope that it’ll pick up by episode 8

    • I have supported Arrow since its inception and have never viewed it as a TDK ripoff. People think everything is ripping off something if they are even similar.

      Flash isn’t tacky. Cheesy at times, i’ll give you that, but they aren’t missing the mark at all for what A Flash show should be like IMO. There should be cheese. Flash is that kind of guy. If you don’t like it now, it won’t be any different stylistically by episode 8. Maybe they shave off a little cheese but i doubt it. The story will have begun to unfold obviously and that will enhance its quality but i think it will still be the same animal. It is a CW show almost as much as its a Flash show. There will be Cheese aplenty. But something being Cheesy and Tacky are different in my mind. Tackiness infers a lack of depth and quality in my mind. Although, honestly, there is no way i could know about the lack of depth or quality for Gotham. This is just my impression given all the promotional material they have released for it. Almost like they’re trying too hard to jam so much crap in. BUT I’m not saying i won’t watch Gotham. I never said that. And i’m not even saying that it will be bad. What do i know? Could be better than both those CW shows. But i highly doubt it.

  7. I am looking forward to this show
    But with all the new comic book shows plus Arrow season 3 this is lower down on my list of things I’m getting excited for (mostly because I haven’t seen anything outside of the trailers) – however I will most likely watch all of the at least the first season as I gave AoS that time to impress (which it failed to do) and this looks much better

  8. Honestly the appreciation and enthusiasm is a good thing but there’s many ways this show will go wrong. Not to mention it’s FOX, fans are still raving about the cancellation of Almost Human plus the timeslot? Come On guys do you realize Gotham is competing with Dancing with the Stars, Monday Night Football, and not to mention the hesitant marketing they’ve done. Smh the ratings of the premiere will show and please don’t be surprise and yes I do want this show to do good I’m just being realistic

  9. MNF is not in the equation look at the start time and not to mention ESPN. Dancing with the whatever also is mute due to the demographic. Monday night is the new Thursday night in network television. It is a perfect time slot, and if you have looked at the trailers Gotham is shot and edited like a film. Anxious to see what happens.

  10. demographics doesn’t mean anything anymore. old people where I live watch and enjoy Arrow we’ve discussed about episodes too haha its awesome that old people can enjoy a show like that. little 7 year old girls watch Dancing with The Stars demographics is just viewing and business statistics its not even 100% accurate. middle schoolers watch porn, is that their demographic? doctors watch SpongeBob, teenagers watch SpongeBob, so Demographic can suck my dingdong.