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'Gotham' will officially be a TV series on FOX

According to Entertainment Weekly on Monday, the "Gotham" prequel TV series on FOX has officially been announced. Other TV series orders will be made this week and "Southland's" Ben McKenzie is set to star as Detective James Gordon in the events prior to "The Dark Knight".

Actor Benjamin McKenzie attends Communities In Schools of Los Angeles Gala 2014, Presented By CAA And EIF on April 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Rachel Murray

Success of this show is based on an existing built-in niche audience and a live-action "Batman" TV series will have a predicated awareness due to the franchise having been established by the Christopher Nolan films starring Christian Bale. Rumors have been going around thinking that this announcement is old news, but it wasn't technically official at that point. To clarify, it was a pilot order with a "series commitment". That being said, if it never ended up being a series, it would suffer a penalty.

The "Rome" and "Mentalist" creator Bruno Heller received big points for such a strong script. More news about "Gotham" will be available next week. The only challenge here is to market to an audience a show where the Batman character is non-existent since Bruce Wayne was only 12-years old at the time. So, one would have to be able to gain interest by building upon the origins of the city that evolved Bruce Wayne into Batman. If fans recall, his parents were shot in cold blood in a back alley after a theater performance which left him orphaned.

Obviously, crime existed rampantly in those times. It would stand to reason the explanation which predicated the evolution of Batman. It could reinforce that Bruce Wayne is the product of his own environment.

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was faced with such a challenge in the earlier stages, but by connecting it with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a strategy has launched it into the hit it has become today. For "Gotham" their own form of strategy would likely be that of the origin stories which brought The Riddler, Catwoman, and The Penguin into existence.