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‘GOTHAM': Fox TV reveals the first full ‘Batman’ series trailer…


FOX LET a Marvel-character movie have center stage for the weekend. Come Monday, a DC character sought to grab back the geek-audience spotlight.

Earlier today, Fox announced that it was picking up a series order for “Gotham,” a Batman “origin” show — coming this fall, as they say, from WBTV — that will feature Ben McKenzie as future-Commissioner Gordon and David Mazouz as boy Bruce Wayne.

Now, Fox has dropped a moody trailer that centers on Gordon’s coming into the boy’s life after the murder of the future Crusader’s parents. The series will also star Donal Logue (portraying Detective Harvey Bullock), Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney), Robin Lord Taylor (future Penguin Oswald Cobblepot) and Camren Bicondova (future Catwoman Selina Kyle).

The powers that be behind the show are Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”), Danny Cannon (“CSI”) and John Stephens (“Gossip Girl” and, with old ties to McKenzie, “The O.C.”). And Bill Finger is rightly credited — no small feat — alongside Batman characters co-creator Bob Kane.

After the recent TV success of another DC character in “Arrow,” Fox and WBTV surely believe the time is right to strike with a (pre-)Batman series.

The trailer begins by intoning, “I love this city” and “I won’t let it fall apart without a fight,” as the pulse of “Inception”-esque music propels us through the requisite narrative checkpoints. The trailer ends with Gordon promising Bruce that “There will be light” — a direct wink-to-the-viewer to the boy’s future life as Gotham superhero shrouded in darkness.

See the full trailer here:


Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.



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