‘Gotham’ Update: Fox Orders ‘At Least’ 13 Episodes for Season 1

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As Warner Bros. prepares to bring the Caped Crusader back to the big screen in Batman vs. Superman, the studio has also been busy preparing a prequel series set for the small screen. In lieu of a simple Dark Knight origin story, Gotham will follow Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) during his early days on the GCPD force while also introducing a number of fan-favorite Batman franchise staples, years before they became iconic superheroes and villains, including The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin, Catwoman, and others.

For months, rumors suggested a Batman-inspired TV series was in development at Fox and, given that superhero adaptations are now more lucrative than ever, it came as no surprise that when Gotham was finally announced the network picked up the show as “straight to series with penalty” (prior to filming the pilot episode). Now, half-a-year later, Fox has made their intentions official and confirmed at least thirteen episodes of the show – along with new details on when fans will see a trailer (read: sooner than you might think).

Entertainment Weekly was the first outlet to assert the pickup would mean “at least” thirteen episodes – though, given the talent and source material involved, it’s easy to imagine Fox will not stop there. After all, it was always assumed that Gotham would be picked up by the network, given its potential for hit ratings (and a stiff $10 million penalty if it wasn’t), but today’s announcement confirms that Fox remains confident in the project. Any number of things could have gone wrong as the network and Warner Bros. began work on the show, such as creative differences over casting choices or overarching series formatting, but the latest announcement indicates that if executive producers Danny Cannon and John Stephens encountered bumps in the development process, any hiccups weren’t big enough to give Fox pause.

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Of course, it’s hard to blame the network when you look through all of the talented people that have signed-on to the project. A strong cast of performers (and characters) including Ben McKenzie (Detective Gordon), Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock), Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney), David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne), Robin Lord Taylor (The Penguin), Cory Michael Smith (The Riddler) along with newcomer Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle), as well as talented writers like Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), should provide a solid platform for the network to build – especially with the promise of other fan-favorites, most notably The Joker, set to be explored in the future.

That said, plenty of questions remain: what exactly does Fox (and Warner Bros.) intend to construct from this foundation? Network executives keep stressing that Gotham isn’t a show about Batman, it’s about a city on verge of criminal rule; yet, the same executives are name dropping iconic villains in nearly every interview. For that reason, it will be interesting to see if the showrunners can find a balance between familiar franchise faces and the non-Caped Crusader storyline they’ve set out to tell. At face value the premise should have no trouble attracting comic fans but the network needs Gotham to pull-in casual TV viewers too – and with every mention of The Joker (who has yet to be formally cast), along with other Bat-characters, Fox is walking a dangerous line between both having their cake and attempting to eat it.

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There’s no doubt that, with the right creative team, Gotham can be a success – even if Bruce Wayne never shows up on screen in cape and cowl. Though, if the writers and showrunners get distracted from their unique story of Gotham and its people, injecting well-known characters just to drum-up interest, it’s possible that the whole project could collapse. As a result, Fox will need to execute a very careful balance between trusting their original story and working-in enough iconic characters to keep the experience fresh and familiar.

It was an ambitious project from the outset, resulting in a healthy mix of viewers that are enthusiastic about visiting Gotham City in a new way and those who consider the Warner Bros. show an affront to Batman’s TV legacy. Love it or hate, Fox is (at the very least) confident that both sides, along with those in between, will be eager to see what the network has created when the show debuts in fall 2014. Of course, fans and critics won’t have to wait that long for a taste of Gotham, since viewers will be inundated with marketing leading up to the show’s premiere – marketing that will kickoff as soon as tonight (during the 24: Live Another Day premier).

We’ll keep you up to date on Gotham as more official information is available (including the first trailer), so check back soon for further reveals!


MORE: Read the Official Gotham TV Series Synopsis


Gotham is in development and expected to premiere on FOX in Fall 2014.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for any future updates on Gotham, as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

Source: EW

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  1. I am not even remotely interested in this. We just had 3 Batman movies, the first of which did the origin thing and showed him as a kid for a few scenes. We’re about to have a new iteration of Batman in MoS2 to which this has no connection. I can’t believe they’re using Gotham and Bruce and Gordon instead of quite literally any other DC character at all. We’ve got Arrow, we’re gonna have Flash, why do we not have a show with the same kind of tone centered around Doctor Fate or Zatana or Aquaman or a Hawkman & Hawkgirl show? What about a Criminal Minds meets Supernatural kind of show about The Spectre? Kid Bruce Wayne and young Gordon? Seriously? I’m a Batman fan through and through but this just looks dumb to me and there are plenty of better options out there than rehashing the same character, even if it is as an 8 year old boy.

    • I guess it’s because there’s a wealth of story they could explore that a lot of Batman fans want to see on the small screen, myself included.

      Would the other ideas you mentioned be great? Sure and I’d love to see those too but you gotta remember, the gateway to DC is usually Batman since he’s the most widely known superhero in the world (DC Comics posted something Batman related on their Facebook page earlier today and one comment they received was from someone who asked if they were releasing any new Wolverine and Hulk comics too, someone had to point out that those two characters are Marvel, not DC, which tells you all you need to know).

      • Adding to your opening statement (with which I totally agree) is the fact that we are in the midst of Batman’s 75th anniversary, so OF COURSE, we are getting a full spread of Dark Knight coverage MINUS an actual film release.

        • Is this gonna be connected to the MoS Batman? If not, then I don’t know why they made this, but still looks interesting to watch.

          • No, it’s simply a separate take. It is not NEEDED…but I think many people do WANT it.

    • Good. Good for you, Big Guy. Do us all a favor and don’t waste our precious time with drivel such as this post. Now run along and play with your toys.

  2. “… Fox is walking a dangerous line between both having their cake and attempting to eat it.”

    Why do people always get this saying wrong? Here I am holding my cake. There, I just ate my cake. See how easy that was? No danger involved.

    The correct saying is “you can’t eat your cake and have it too.”

    Think about it. If you have your cake what is preventing you from eating it? Absolutely nothing. However, once you EAT that cake you will no longer HAVE that cake.

    Ok. Lesson over. Sorry for going off like that. Couldn’t help it.

    The article was interesting, by the way. I’m looking forward to the show.

    • Aaaaaannnd now I’m hungry…

      • Lmao.

  3. You know, i never understood that cake eating analogy. Ever. Why wouldn’t you eat your cake if you had it? You’re the first person i ever heard clarify that it’s “you can’t eat your cake and have it too”. Thank you. That makes so much more sense. I’m going to attempt to use it tomorrow

    • I always heard it as “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”, meaning “don’t ask for too much or you might regret it”.

    • I do what I can.

      • Sorry, that comment was meant for Bruce vain.

        Yes, that is a valid interpretation. The meaning behind the saying is simply “don’t get greedy.”

  4. Ohh and I think Gotham looks like a cool fun show! Definitely not going by the source material, but whatever. We know the story. It’s cool to see a variation on it. Even if just for entertainment sake

  5. Actually trailer got me excited and its beautiful shooted, but all those origins story for those character…. I don’t know will see.

  6. Hopefully this will be a good show, but odds are it will suck donkey balls…

  7. Lets face it we were played, they promised a CSI type cop drama saying that they weren’t putting Bruce Wayne into it when they started to get this together. FOX is also Marvel’s B** with X-Men, who’s to say that FOX isn’t setting up DC for failure. Fox never has had that great of a run with “dramas” their more focused towards their GLEE crap. It’s not gonna make it to Season 2. That and do we really NEED to see a future Prostitute known as Catwoman…. I know I’m not watching this cause sorry she’s over done, over played, over used and done to DEATH, I kinda wish that she would just die.

    • Well, correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t FOX paying for the 13 episodes that they ordered? Then, when the show airs, they hope to make more money then they spent? I doubt FOX would pay DC money on the off chance that the show will suck and lose them their investment.

    • Oh, look…it’s the troll who posted the EXACT same comment on the other “Gotham” thread.

      That’s AGENT X, folks…take him seriously at your peril.


      • It also seems like he completely misinterpreted a trailer for a TV show (which as you and other sensible people will know, is meant to entice people into watching an upcoming show) by featuring familiar tropes/characters to hook people in.

        It might still be CSI style, they just won’t use it in the initial trailer when they could use the magic words “Bruce Wayne” and suddenly, even people who don’t read comic books instantly know who he becomes and will be interested in the show to see what he was like in his youth to make him wear the cape and cowl.

        Lets hope Agent X doesn’t work in marketing because he seems like he lacks understanding in that area.

        • Well, in the comics Bruce Wayne was a very good friend of Gordon. So it does makes sense that Bruce appears in here.

    • Dude. Just because the website is entitled “Screen Rant” doesn’t mean we need to read one from you. Chill. Just don’t get overly sensitive regarding the generally “incorrect” status of your ravings. And by the way, Season 2 is on the way.

  8. Fox will probably air it out of order and cancel it during the first season, that’s their style.