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Fox's 'Gotham' Prequel Promises a Young Bruce Wayne, Classic 'Batman' Villains

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Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon in Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dark Knight - 2008

Rest easy, "Batman" fans: The Dark Knight will be a part of Fox's upcoming prequel series "Gotham"... along with a few of his favorite archenemies.

A 12-year-old Bruce Wayne will be one of "Gotham's" main characters, chairman Kevin Reilly told critics at Fox's winter press tour today, along with younger versions of classic "Batman" villains such as The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, and Catwoman. "This is an origin story," he declared, describing it as "an operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality to it" set in a "Gotham teetering on the edge."

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Reilly's remarks shed a bit more light on the mysterious hour-long project from "The Mentalist" creator Bruno Heller, which centers on a young Commissioner Gordon — actually still Detective Gordon here — and will follow the dark tone of the Christopher Nolan films. (Gary Oldman played the role of Gordon in Nolan's trilogy.)

A "Gotham" pilot has been ordered, but no casting or filming has taken place, and it's not even officially on the Fox schedule yet. (It's currently slated for the 2014-15 season.)

With the "Batman" brand name, though, you have to think fan anticipation will be extremely high. And Reilly promised a money shot for the fanboys: "The final episode of the series will be Bruce Wayne putting on the cape."


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