Superhero spinoff series seem to be a trend these days. First, we got The Flash spinning off from Arrow on the CW. Now that world is expanding even further with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Also it seems a Punisher series may spin-off from Marvel Netflix series like Daredevil. Yet another show that has the mythos to warrant a spin-off is DC’s Gotham which airs on Fox.
Gotham, based on characters in the Batman mythos of DC Comics, has already explored a large portion of that mythology. However, there are still a number of characters and situations that the show could continue to explore in the future. One fresh way to explore the DC mythos would be to create a spinoff show set in the same timeline, and it sounds like Fox is open to this idea.
Speaking with IGN, Fox Chairman and CEO Gary Newman said that they would be “open to considering” a Gotham spinoff. While he seemed hesitant to suggest that such a spinoff could actually happen, he did express praise for the current creative team and his willingness to support a new show if DC were to agree.
“We’re really happy with the creative on Gotham this year. We thought the Rise of the Villains has been great, and it feels like a world that has many, many stories to tell. We haven’t had any conversations with Warners about whether or not they’d want to do a spinoff series. I think that would be an issue for DC. It isn’t quite clear to me that they’d be ready to do that, but it’s a good idea.”
For fans of Gotham, don’t get your hopes up for a spinoff just yet. It sounds like the decision would be up to DC and not Fox, though Fox is certainly open to suggestions as evidenced from Newman’s comments. It sounds like DC has not mentioned the possibility to Fox, so chances are they aren’t planning a spinoff any time soon. Perhaps with a little encouragement, DC will consider the option, but for now it’s only a minor possibility.
Gotham is already exploring the Batman mythos at break-neck speed, which may negate the need for a spinoff show. For example, the TV show has already given us the origin stories for a massive amount of Batman villains, and that number will only increase as the show progresses. Some of the Batman villains, like Penguin, are regular characters on Gotham, but others make only cameo appearances. If DC and Fox were to launch a spinoff, one of these minor characters might be the best avenue to pursue.
A Gotham spinoff series could also delve deeper into the past of specific organizations, such as the Court of Owls. You could even have a spinoff focusing on the Wayne ancestors and ancient conspiracies surrounding Gotham at that time. The possibilities are endless, but in the end, DC has the deciding vote on a spinoff. It also doesn’t look like there are any plans for the near future. Between Gotham, Supergirl, and all of the DC shows on the CW (not to mention a few others in development), DC might have their hands full for now.
Gotham returns on Monday, February 29 on FOX.