Fox has recently won a bidding war for the opportunity to bring Warner Bros. TV’s Batman spin-off to the small screen, titled “Gotham.” The spin-off will break away from the Batman’s story and will instead focus on Commissioner Jim Gordon’s early days.
The spin-off seems to have come at the right time, with the recent debut of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which shows that Warner Bros./DC isn’t ready to cede the TV market to their longtime rival.
According to reports, while Batman won’t be part of the series, since Bruce was not Batman yet at the time in which the series is set, some other faces that are familiar to Batman fans may make an appearance. Who knows, Bruce himself may appear in an episode or two, because the Waynes themselves are kind of a big deal in Gotham.
What’s interesting about the news is that Fox is actually playing both sides right now, as they also have the movie rights to some of Marvel’s properties, such as X-Men and Fantastic Four – exactly which specific characters from said franchises is subject for another post, as it’s very, very complicated. For instance, both Marvel and Fox have the movie rights to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, because both characters have been members of The Avengers and are part of the main X-Men mythos (being former members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and offspring of Magneto.)