‘Gotham’ TV Series Synopsis, Logo, & New Story Details Revealed

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Read the full Gotham TV series synopsis (courtesy of Fox) below:

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. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM 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, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), 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,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), 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.

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, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), 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,” “Another Earth”).

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, “Camelot,” “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.

GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).


MORE: Gotham Casts Young Bruce Wayne


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.

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  1. I hope they go the Earth One route with Harvey Bullock. That was so interesting to see a younger version of him.

    • Loved Earth One’s Harvey Bullock, Bruce Wayne/Batman not so much because I really don’t care about him in that story. This show have potential but it probably won’t last.

      • The ratings were amazing. I am sure it will last. Remember, most people viewing will never have read any comic books at all, so it really doesn’t matter how it fits with them.

    • They will go a completely original route with everything. Its not going to be like the comic books at all. There was a fairly interesting interview with Bruno Heller about that. Thats really best. Comic book story lines are seldom very good. Great characters, but bad plot lines.

  2. What’s that airship doing there?

    • Trying to subconsciously win over fans of The Animated Series, I guess?

    • In the larger image, multiple airships can be seen. So my guess is maybe they are going the route of FOX’s Batman the Animated Series. In that show, the GCPD flew around in airships.

      Just my guess.

      • Never saw the animated series. Thanks for the info

        • Wait, you’ve NEVER seen B:TAS? Just honestly curious, as it’s one of the greatest cartoons of the 1990′s.

  3. How can FOX doing this, if WB has the rights ?

    • They purchased the rights at an auction for quite the price!

      FOX also owns Marvel properties so there.

    • From what I’ve gathered, WB still owns the rights, but it’ll be broadcast in FOX.

      • Yeah, they brought the TV rights most likely not the actual character. Good thinking

  4. A phenomenal synopsis. I am hoping that this Netflix Series is grasped in a film-noir style, similar towards that of ‘Sin City’, which always reminded me of Gotham. If not, maybe introduce a 10-20 minute short film in the beginning of the Batman/Superman movie of the Caped Crusader kicking ass in film noir to introduce the new spectacle that is Batman into this DC Universe.

    • This isn’t a netflix series. It will air on FOX

    • I don’t think there was ever a period of time where Superman was this young for this long and this show focuses on a different central character.

    • The big difference is that Gotham will focus on James Gordon while Smallville is all about Clark Kent becoming Superman. You do get Bruce Wayne in the show, him on the path of heroism he’ll be, but James Gordon is the star of the show. Also Gotham is on FOX and not The CW where you have that type of drama like Smallville was. Gotham might have that mixture of The Following and Almost Human. The dark atmosphere like The Following, the crime drama and yet the dynamic relationship between two cops like Almost Human.

    • Intensive Purposes?

      Intensive Purposes?

      You are WRONG
      Intents AND Purposes!

      Kofi Outlaw, On a Daily Basis, I find so many spelling errors and grammar mistakes on this site. As you can see by the comment from our friend, “Death the sladestroke,” the English language is at the mercy of the internet.

      PLEASE make sure your writers are proofreading their work before anything is submitted!

      • Um, your name should be spelled “Easy”.

        I say this in jest, FYI…

        • classic :)

  5. Story idea! Young Gordon becomes friends with young Harvey Dent. Smallville repeat?

  6. Cant wait to see how they do the joker origin thats gonna be pretty interesting

  7. Nice synopsis. And i love how the Gotham city skyline silhouette is shaped like the Batman symbol.

  8. The Joker’s origin better be that he has no origin.

    • If he’s going to have a past, he prefers it to be multiple choice.

  9. Young Bruce has Walking Dead Carl development written all over it lol

  10. I can tell this show is gonna be a hit. The Marvel Agents of SHIELD was very dull, but I think Gotham is gonna be very original especially with all of the new origin stories. I’m very excited to here more news on this!

    Twitter: @tylerattacks

  11. Wait… so they want to include Joker in this series? Then by the time Bruce matured and become Batman, Joker is an old man. Maybe in later season (if this gets past Season 3) and teenage Bruce is getting ready to leave Gotham, right?

  12. I hope they also include Ivy’s origin.

  13. I don’t like this one bit. This series will clash with the new Batman rebooted film series.

    • And what film series would that be?

    • It’s been said that Gotham won’t be connected to Affleck’s Batman.

    • I didn’t think there was any confusion between Smallville and Superman Returns, how would this be any different?

  14. Looks good, I went from being hopeful to excited. Someone mentioned the Airships from batman TAS in the logo, interesting to note that Police never used Airships in real life; however airships are used starting in the very first episode of Batman: TAS and it’s spiritual successor Arkham City

  15. After reading the synopsis and seeing the logo I am really looking forward to this show, I just hope that they keep a dark and serious tone to the show.

  16. Hey guys, do you think Arrow and Gotham will have crossovers?

    • Not gonna happen. The biggest reason is that Gotham is set in the past, before Arrow and Flash’s timeline. Especially when you see villains like Harley Quinn popping up in Arrow. You have to believe that there is/was a Joker, thus already a Batman.

  17. This can be really good assuming they execute it right. I’ll definitely be tuning in…

  18. A show about Gotham without that pesky Batman. Brilliant!!!

    • I often make grilled cheese sandwiches without cheese.

  19. If they introduce Thomas Elliot and/or The Court of Owls I’ll be hooked until either the show crashes and burns or Fox cancels it.

  20. I absolutely LOVED Gotham. The only thing that didn’t click for me was how much they were trying to make thePenguin special. He didn’t impress me that much. The young Selina Kyle really was riveting even with no lines. Gordon was great and so was the young Bruce. Can’t wait for more.

  21. I have a question. Gotham is supposed to be when Batman is young. Why was Detective James Gordon using a cell phone when everyone else is using a pay phone or land line? Let’s keep it true to the time period. thanks

  22. When is this happening? looks to be in the past, then you see someone using a cellphone.