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From a marketing standpoint, Fox’s Gotham already had the deck stacked heavily in its favor. It’s a gritty superhero origin story, at a time when gritty superhero origin stories are doing massive business. And the superhero in question isn’t some indie-comic third-stringer, but one of the most iconic, most beloved superheroes of all time. Those facts alone would be enough to make Gotham one of the most buzzed-about new shows of the 2014-2015 season, even without a seasoned, capable creator (Bruno Heller, of Rome and The Mentalist) and a thoroughly solid cast (Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett-Smith).

But from a creative standpoint, that very same advantage — Gotham‘s familiarity — proves to be a major liability. It’s an antihero crime drama in a pop culture landscape already saturated with antihero crime dramas, and these particular antiheroes are already extremely well known. By the show’s very nature, there’s little question as to where most of its characters will end up, which drastically lowers the dramatic tension. Were Gotham not a Batman prequel, we might be left wondering whether Jim Gordon (McKenzie) could possibly make good on his promise to clean up the city, or whether Bruce Wayne’s traumatic childhood would forge a hero or a villain. As it is, we already know exactly what the answers are.

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Gotham: The Legend Reborn

Fox has released Gotham: The Legend Reborn, a 19-minute behind the scenes special looking at the pilot episode of the Batman prequel television series Gotham. The new show follows Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, who alongside his partner Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), are trying to take down Gotham’s organized crime. And it wouldn’t be Gotham without some baddies, including Gotham’s young villains which include Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Penguin and the Riddler. Watch the whole Gotham: The Legend Reborn 19-minute behind the scenes special embedded after the jump.

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Gotham character posters

Only time will tell which shows will emerge as the best of the 2014-2015 freshman crop, but certainly one of the most highly anticipated is Fox’s Gotham. The DC prequel series promises to reveal the origins of the Gotham City personalities we know and love.

That includes protagonist Jim Gordon, of course, and Bruce Wayne the future Batman — but also the troubled souls who will become Catwoman, the Penguin, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, and more. Get a better look at these not-quite-superheroes and not-quite-supervillains with a new batch of Gotham character posters after the jump.

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Gotham featurette

Now that Fox has ordered and scheduled the show and revealed it to advertisers, the Gotham materials are coming fast and furious. In the past week we’ve seen a trailer and many new photos, and now we’ve got a behind the scenes featurette on the making of the show. Most of the new footage here is in the form of interviews with series creator Bruno Heller and pilot director Danny Cannon, and cast members such as Ben McKenzie, who plays James Gordon, Donal Logue, who plays Harvey Bullock, and Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays new character Fish Mooney. Read More »

Gotham McKenzie Taylor

When Gotham was first announced, it was something special. A new take on the Batman myth, pumped into your home every week via your television. Fast-forward a few weeks and now it’s just one of four new DC Comics shows coming this Fall. But it’s still the biggest and a bunch of new Gotham photos have been revealed, along with the fact it’ll air at 8 p.m. Monday nights. Read More »

Gotham cast image

A few days ago we saw the first regular trailer for Fox’s Batman prequel show Gotham, and also an extended version of the same. So between those two versions of the trailer, and the many cast photos that have been released, we have a pretty good idea of what the show looks like. But how about one more for good measure? Today Ben McKenzie, who plays a young James Gordon in the show, tweeted out the first Gotham cast image. See it below. Read More »

Gotham Photo Ben McKenzie as future Commissioner Gordon

Fox’s upcoming television series Gotham has been releasing photos of the cast in character for the upcoming show set in DC Comics’ Batman-universe. So far we’ve seen Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, Catwoman aka Selina Kyle, Played By Camren BicondovaSean Pertwee as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth, and Robin Lord Taylor as the Penguin. Today Fox television has released a new photo featuring our first look at Ben McKenzie as young and future Commissioner Gordon. Hit the jump to see the first Gotham Photo Ben McKenzie as Commissioner Gordon.

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Gotham Casting

More Batman mainstays are joining the Fox show Gotham. Over the weekend, Ben McKenzie landed the lead role of Jim Gordon and now, producers have cast Oswald Cobblepot, better known as The Penguin, and Alfred Pennyworth, the Wayne family butler. Cobblepot will be played by Walking Dead and Accepted actor Robin Lord Taylor, while Sean Pertwee, who you know from Dog Soldiers and Event Horizon, will play Alfred. Read more casting from the show below. Read More »

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