Somewhere in a dingy apartment in Gotham City, Police Commissioner James Gordon sat in his worn Laz-E-Boy, watching Gotham’s ABC affiliate as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted last night, and said out loud to nobody in particular, “Phil Coulson? PHIL COULSON has a TV show?!? Where’s MY show?” And then the phone rang.
Or, at least, that’s how it SHOULD have gone. In real life, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva is reporting that Fox has won a bidding war for Gotham, a new series from Warner Bros. Television and Bruno Heller, creator of The Mentalist, which will look at Commissioner Gordon before he was Commissioner — it’ll be set in Gordon’s days as a detective, before he meets Batman, handling the super bad guys without the aid of any mysterious rich guy in a cowl and cape. And it has a series commitment, so no pilot, it’s straight to series.
So with Flash on its way and Arrow going strong on the CW, and now this, the DC Universe is holding its ground against the Marvel incursion on network TV. You can assume that Gotham will show up next Fall, so you have a little time before they cast and shoot it to speculate and get your wish list together. Who do you want to play Detective Gordon? (You’re not getting Gary Oldman, most likely, and it’s a prequel and it’s network TV, so think young.) How about the villains — who do you want to see in younger, pre-Batman form? Comments below, plz.