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Fox Wins Bidding War for Warner Bros. Series That Will Use Characters Associated With Batman, Though the Caped Crusader Himself Won't Be on the Show Deadline

"In one of the biggest drama deals this season, after a bidding war, Fox has landed 'Gotham,' from Warner Bros. TV and 'The Mentalist' creator Bruno Heller, with a series commitment. For 'Gotham,' Warner Bros. TV is mining one of DC Comics‘ most popular character universes, 'Batman,'" writes our friend Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.

The story continues by saying that the series will explore "the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In 'Gotham,' Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series."

Andreeva also notes: "While Superman spawned the long-running series 'Smallville,' this is the first series featuring a character from the world of Batman in a very long time as Warner Bros. TV had been exploring a Gotham City-set show for more than a year."