‘Gotham’: Fox orders a full season of Batman prequel series

Oct. 13, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.
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Jada Pinkett Smith, left, and Robin Lord Taylor in a scene from "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)

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Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), left, and Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), in a scene from "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)

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Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Alfred (Sean Pertwee) in "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/FOX)

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Ben McKenzie, left, as James Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock in the new series "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)

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Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot in a scene from the Fox series "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)

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Ben McKenzie, left, as James Gordon and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne in "Gotham." (Jessica Miglio/Fox)

The breakout Batman prequel “Gotham” is getting a full series.

Fox has ordered six more episodes, raising the series order to 22 episodes, the network announced Monday.

The show, which stars Ben McKenzie as a young Det. Jim Gordon, has debuted to critical praise and high ratings, topping Monday night ratings and delivering the network’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years, according to a Fox press statement.

“Gotham” is chock-full of Batman backstory, providing origin stories for a host of villains and side characters that fans will recognize from the comics and other movie iterations of the Bat-verse.

Starring alongside McKenzie are Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, an outcast who eventually becomes the Penguin; Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, an unpredictable street thief and pickpocket who eventually becomes Catwoman; Donal Logue as Gordon’s shades-of-gray partner Det. Harvey Bullock; Sean Pertwee as Wayne Manor butler Alfred Pennyworth; and John Doman as gangster Carmine Falcone. Jada Pinkett Smith plays Fish Mooney, a sadistic nightclub owner created for the series.

In Monday’s episode, titled “Arkham,” Gordon and Bullock must race to protect the city council, who are embroiled in a contentious vote about the future of the Arkham district, while Oswald Cobblepot takes violent measures to ingratiate himself with Maroni (David Zayas).

The series is helmed by writer and executive producer Bruno Heller, the creative mind behind “The Mentalist” and “Rome.”

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3 Responses to ‘Gotham’: Fox orders a full season of Batman prequel series

  1. jsutton says:

    Hooray! I love this series, although it's not my usual fare. McKenzie's Jim is my idea of a true hero – fearless, intelligent, yet warm-hearted and kind. As the Penguin actually said in the most recent episode, he may be the last good man in Gotham.

  2. Claus Talon says:

    My only problems with this "Prequel" series is some of the liberties taken with the actual comic history storyline. In the book series, "Batman Year One", it is evident that Gordon is already married before they even arrive in Gotham- and this BS with his wife having a relationship with another woman just takes it way beyond the pale. Joe Chill wearing a mask? Selina Kyle witnessing the murders? PUH-LEEZE. Other than those things, I find this show very entertaining. Just my eleven cents.

  3. Claus Talon says:

    Hmmm… I'm not sure if I'm going to continue watching this show. My disappointment with it's direction and plotlines is growing exponentially. Non-canon, PC agenda running amok to the degradation of the characters. It just goes on and on. A potential hit series being dragged into a fecal filled mire. What a shame.

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