Before “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and all that is “Batman,” there was “Gotham.”
A new trailer released by Fox on Monday portrays the world of Gotham that existed at the beginning of the Batman story.
The Fox television series takes viewers back to the origins of the villains and vigilantes of Gotham City, and in particular it follows the story of James “Jim” Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as "Gotham" traces his rise from a rookie detective to his eventual role as Gotham City’s police commissioner.
After the wealthy parents of a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) are murdered, Detective Gordon and his partner, Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), are called in to solve the mystery behind the killings. Along the way, Gordon encounters several characters from the Gotham underground, including gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and a number of Gotham’s future super villains.
In the extended trailer, the young Jim Gordon appears with several of those future villains, including Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Taylor), Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy (Clare Foley) and Edward Nygma/The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith).
The “Gotham” series was revealed in a teaser trailer during the premiere of “24: Live Another Day” on Monday, the same day that Fox officially announced that it had given a green light to produce 13 episodes of the show, according to a report by Entertainment Weekly.
The “Gotham” announcement comes relatively early, only a week before upfronts, an event at which broadcasters meet with advertisers to reveal their fall television lineups to sell television commercial airtime to marketers in advance of fall season premieres.
While “Gotham” has yet to have its premiere episode, it's already drawn some comparisons by critics to Marvel’s “Agents of SHIELD,” which also takes place in a comic book universe, minus the usual centerpiece superheroes.
Viewers won't be able to see the show until the premiere of “Gotham” this fall. Until then, take a look at the extended “Gotham” trailer in the video above.