In what is one of the most high profile drama buys of this development season, Fox has picked up Gotham, a drama about the origins of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, with a straight-to-series order.
Gotham hails from The Mentalist creator/showrunner Bruno Heller and tells the story of James Gordon – who was first introduced in the first Batman comic in 1939. The drama follows Gordon’s story when he is still working as a detective, many years before he becomes commissioner and meets Batman. The series is also poised to tell the story of the villains that would go on to make Gotham city so famous. Warner Bros. Television is producing the series, with Heller serving as the executive producer. This is the second WB produced series based on a DC property, with the other being The CW’s Arrow. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will handle global sales.
With the pick up of Gotham the drama becomes the second project for the 2014-2015 season to land a straight-to-series order. The other, which also landed at Fox, is a comedy from 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey which is set at a women’s college who begin to accept male students for the very first time. That series is being produced by Universal Television, with Tina Fey, David Milner, Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock serving as executive producers.