With all the comic book TV and movie hype, one can get drowned in the rumors and news flowing in and around Hollywood. But it seems like a hot item as new shows are appearing on TV as alternative story lines or a fresh look at the comic books.
The new Gotham is one of them.
Set in the same city as the Batman mythos, Gotham explores the lives of the people and the minor characters of the popular DC comics franchise. With shows like Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and Smallville on a hot streak and shows like Constantine and The Flash about to come out, this show is primed for success.
But is this too soon?
Warner Bros. and Netflix are banking on it. In a surprise move, the streaming media giant set in motion to buy the rights to Gotham after only seeing a screening earlier this year in May. According to Deadline, the deal spans multiple platforms and multiple territories.
This is in the wake of Netflix buying the rights to the popular show The Blacklist, which was acquired at about $2 million/episode. The Gotham deal would be purchased at $1.75 million/episode, but let’s note that the show hasn’t even aired yet.
Gotham casts Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sean Pertwee. “Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love.”
Gotham premieres September 22nd on FOX.