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DC Comics news: "Gotham" TV images and media rumors with Vietti and the Rock

"Gotham" set pictures reveal TV's newest Penguin, Selina Kyle and more!

Behold a villain both fine and foul.

Fox has officially ordered their TV series on a pre-Batman Gotham City, called "Gotham", for the 2014-2015 season which means the pilot is airing as we speak. This means more official images of major characters as well as set pictures released to the media.

The newest of these is a first shot of Robin Lord Taylor ("Walking Dead", "Another Earth") as the young (and long nosed) Oswald Cobblepot, who comic book fans know will ultimately become "the Penguin". Previous official character images revealed Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, butler to and guardian of the young (and orphaned) Bruce Wayne as well as Camren Bicondova as a young Selina Kyle, who will ultimately become "Catwoman". Promotional images and shots of Donal Logue as detective Harvey Bullock and David Mazouz as a young Bruce Wayne.

The series is set to star Ben McKenzie as a rookie detective who is not only trying to be an honest cop in a corrupt city, but trying to solve the murder of the wealthiest couple in the city - the Waynes. Naturally, Fox is hoping to have at least as much success with this show as The CW network is having with "Arrow".

"Young Justice" co-producer teases DC animation return!

Brandon Vietti has had a long history with DC animated projects. He was a director for "The Batman" (including its' direct-to-video feature, "The Batman vs. Dracula") and "Batman: Brave and the Bold", as well as best known as the co-creator and co-producer of "Young Justice" alongside Greg Weisman. He is currently making the rounds online to promote Warner Brothers' next "Scooby Doo" direct-to-video film, "Scooby Doo! Wrestlemania" which he also produced. At the very end of his interview with Comic Book Resources, he revealed that he is once again working on some DC Universe style animation.

"Yes, I am back in the DC Universe! I can’t announce the project I’m working on yet but I’m really excited about it! It’s an entirely new thing for me and not connected to anything I’ve done in the past. I can’t wait to discuss it but it will have to wait a little longer," said Vietti. It remains to be seen whether this unannounced project is one of the series of direct-to-video features DC Entertainment releases two to three times a year, or a new TV series on Cartoon Network (CN) or another station. To date only "Teen Titans GO!" will survive on CN, as "Beware the Batman" has been on "hiatus" since last year, when its' first season debuted. With Disney XD quickly becoming Marvel's go-to station for cartoon shows, it will remain to be seen how Warner Brothers will react considering the difficulty their "DC Nation" block has had on CN over the past two years.

The Rock cooks up his own DC Entertainment film movie role rumor mill!

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been at the center of rumor mills regarding DC Comics related features for years now. While doing the usual media rounds for "Hercules", the Rock revealed that he'd apparently spoken with Warner Brothers brass about a potential role, but was mum on what it was. Rumors have included anyone from the John Stewart version of Green Lantern (which Rock said "was already made and stamped"), Black Adam (for a potential "SHAZAM!" film) or even Lex Luthor. The Rock mentioned that he intended to portray a DC Comics character who was both "complex", had never appeared in film before, and was "a bad ***". To date, the still untitled "Batman vs. Superman" for 2016 is DC Entertainment's only feature film in the near future.

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