Gotham logo and synopsis revealed

News Louisa Mellor 12 Mar 2014 - 07:59

Fox has unveiled a logo banner and synopsis for Batman prequel series, Gotham...

The casting announcements for Fox's forthcoming Commissioner Gordon prequel series Gotham, have been trickling in at a steady rate for weeks now, the highlight of which has to be Sean Pertwee landing the part of ex-Marine Wayne family butler, Alfred. That's a mighty choice, we think you'll agree.

Gotham, which tells the story of Detective Jim Gordon's ascent through the police ranks as he battles villains old and new in the Batman universe, is expected to start on Fox in the US this autumn.

Below you'll find a wee banner logo and a very lengthy synopsis for the series:

"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."


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I know with no scene actually having being filmed it's way to soon and I rather like the logo. But something in my brain is screaming Caprica.

I don't know why they didn't just go with Gotham Central and be done with it.

I had somehow missed or forgotten that Bruno Heller was involved in this. Looks like it could actually be good then.

Donal Logue! I've loved his work since I first saw him in the cinema in Blade. What a treat this is going to be, with Pertwee and Donal both. Brilliant!

Have you seen his work on SoA ................... the hallmark of a great actor is that you hate the charachters guts and he excelled at that in SoA.

I've not seen a minute of it, but I know he's in it. So I think I'll definitely have to have a look-in now!

Gotham Central would be glorious. but tv/comics loves origin stories. *sigh* it's too soon for most of the characters I adore like Montoya or even Book... plus if they do adopt/foster Babs during this series she'll be under the age of ten. Still, it'd be an interesting storyline to explore. I think only the Shield did any storyline similar.

I had high hopes for this until I saw Heller's name attached.

after watching the tao of steve straight after id watched him in SOA i can honestly say he will kick ass in this role, the dude is brilliant. so much dramatic range

I guess they don't want seperate movie and tv Batmen. Shame, as the comic's are dying to be televised.

If they make Gordon's story half as good as it was in Year One, I'll be a happy bee.

I like the idea Gordon and Alfred being indirect and subliminal influences on a young Bruce that eventually lead him to become Bats ... not totally sure about the supervillans though.

Still it has an impressive line up and has got to be worth a butchers for a couple of eps ...

So... Batfleck prequel or not?

Hmmmm. I guess I always imagined that the crazy villains of Batman's world were a response to Batman himself. Before Batman, I imagined the villains of Gotham City were just your regular criminals. Only once this vigilante started fighting crime in a weird bat suit did the crazy criminals start donning costumes and creating personae of their own.

Pertwee does not look an awful lot like Irons...

In the comics universe (or so my friend tells me) and the Arkhamverse (from the Arkham video games), there is actually a Lazarus Pit under Gotham City which basically causes everyone in Gotham to go insane in some capacity.

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