The news that a Gotham TV show is coming to Fox has been making the rounds on fan boards for some time now. Originally it was reported that the show would center around Gotham's rough and tumble police commissioner Jim Gordon.
Naturally big DC fans were excited about the prospect of having a show that pulled directly from the pages of such critically acclaimed comics as Brubaker and Rucka's Gotham Central. A hard hitting police procedural that was set the in the DC multiverse could have been an excellent addition to what I would deem personally as a struggling Fox lineup.
This past Monday we learned that very well may not be the case with Fox's Gotham anymore. In an interview with Fox chairman Kevin Reilly some interesting beans were spilled.
“This is all of the classic Batman characters. It follows the arc of how they all became what they were. I’ve read the script its really good. It’s going to be this operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality.”
So now it would seem we're dealing less with the Gotham PD and much more with a young Bruce Wayne. Fox has the rights to produce television shows featuring any classic Batman related characters. This would mean Robin, the Joker, Catwoman, and many more are all up for grabs.
A Gotham TV Show following a younger Wayne is a very interesting approach to take. If this is the direction the show chooses it'll be my humble opinion that the casting for Alfred on this show is absolutely key to its success.
...the final episode of the series when he puts on the cape.
With the quote from Reilly above it would seem an approach similar to Smallville may be implemented in regards to the ultimate story arc. Let's just hope we get 10 seasons of Batman like we did Supes.