Both Fox and NBC have announced plans for a comic book television show, after ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered to huge ratings this week. Twelve million people tuned in to see ABC’s big super hero series, now other networks want in on the action.
Fox won a bidding war for Gotham, an origin story series about Batman’s Police Commissioner James Gordon. The show will chronicle Gordon’s days as a rookie police officer with the Gotham City Police Department. While the show reportedly will feature some famous Batman villains, it will not feature the caped crusader himself, whom Gordon did not meet until late in his career. It’s created by Bruno Heller, the showrunner for The Mentalist.
NBC, too, has announced it’s working on a super hero series, this one about Constantine. A part of the DC Comics universe, Constantine is a cynical supernatural detective, he was previously played by Keanu Reeves. The pilot’s script is being written by David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone, currently an executive producer at The Mentalist, and Heller’s co-worker.
It’s your move now, CBS.