And you thought Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, and Flash were enough? Guess again! Fox is bringing the world of Batman back to TV, and has made a series commitment to Gotham, which focuses on Commissioner Gordon (almost certainly in his Lieutenant Gordon days) and the rise of Gotham City’s famous villains!Fox didn’t order a pilot, they went straight for a series commitment, a testament to the power of the Batman franchise. Deadline reports that Fox landed the series after a “bidding war” which we can assume included the CW, current home to Arrow and future home of the new Flash live-action series. Bruno Heller is the man behind Gotham. Heller is familiar to network TV fans for The Mentalist, but those looking for something with meatier, more dramatic (not to mention villainous and bloody) chops, should look no further than his work on HBO’s Rome. The timing of this announcement is no accident. With Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD premiering to critical acclaim and a tremendous amount of fanfare, the only way for Warner Bros. to counter would be with one of their biggest franchises. Gotham will air on a different network from Arrow and The Flash which makes the prospect of a shared universe unlikely, but the fact that there will soon be THREE DC Superhero dramas on the airwaves to Marvel’s ONE seems to be Warner Bros. way of making up for the glacial pace that their superhero film division moves at.[related article: 8 Reasons The Flash is Perfect for TV]The world of Gotham City is certainly worthy of exploration, and there have been a number of comic stories in recent years which have done exactly that. The revolutionary Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli was as much a story about James Gordon’s rise from honest cop to police captain, and the corruption and crime of Gotham got as much (or more) of the spotlight than Batman did. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman: The Long Halloween and its sequel, Dark Victory, succeeded in large part because they expanded on those elements, bringing Batman’s non-costumed villains to the forefront (as well as detailing the rise and fall of Harvey Dent). Gotham Central by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, and Michael Lark, took the concept one step further, focusing entirely on the Gotham City Police Department, making the book less about superheroes and more about TV-style, police procedural drama. And obviously these previous interpretations of the GCPD all played an influencial role on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, especially in the middle chapter.[related article: The Riddler – The Lasting Appeal of Batman’s Most Enigmatic Foe]Warner Bros. has tried to bring Batman to the small screen more recently than you might think. Smallville began as a pitch for, not a young Superman, but a young Bruce Wayne series. Attempts to bring Bruce Wayne to Smallville in the show’s later seasons were scuttled because of Warner Bros. reluctance to have two competing live-action versions of the character…a problem that is neatly sidestepped now with Gotham‘s Gordon-centric format. We’ll post more on this as soon as it develops! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all news updates related to the world of geek. And Google+, if that’s your thing!