Fox chose an auspicious moment to greenlight a Batman prequel show. The same day the network announced Gotham, eternal rival Marvel saw its multi-punctuated Avengers spin-off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. deliver a dominant series-premiere ratings performance. S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s success is proof-of-concept for a new Superhero-Adjacent genre: A show set in a familiar super-universe that focuses on the less-super (and decidedly cheaper) heroes.
Gotham is superficially similar. Like S.H.I.E.L.D., it transforms a supporting character into the lead: The show will apparently constitute an origin story for Commissioner Gordon, the chief lawman and Friend-of-Batman played by Gary Oldman in the Dark Knight trilogy. But it also appears that Gotham will prominently feature other characters from the comic book mythos. Fox has indicated that iconic villains will also appear, in some kind of fetal prequel form. Expect to learn more about the show in tantalizing tidbits released in regularly Internet-imploding news releases over the next few months, but here are five talking points about Gotham:
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