Every comic book show on TV seems to be connected to a larger universe these days. Marvel currently has ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ’Agent Carter’, ‘Daredevil’, and ‘Jessica Jones’ on ABC and Netflix, with more on in the pipeline. On the DC side of things, The CW has ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Vixen’, and the upcoming ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ weaving in and out of each other. Even ‘The Walking Dead’ expanded with ‘Fear The Walking Dead’. However, one that stands alone in the current landscape of superheroes on television is Fox’s Batman prequel series ’Gotham’. But if the network’s top brass is to be believed, then that may change in the future.
After a session at the Television Critics Association press tour, Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman spoke to IGN about a possible spinoff for the DC Comics crime drama based on the Dark Knight’s iconic city. During this conversation, he revealed that though no talks with WB or DC have commenced at this time, but the idea definitely isn’t off the table:
“We’re really happy with the creative on Gotham this year. We thought the Rise of the Villains has been great, and it feels like a world that has many, many stories to tell. We haven’t had any conversations with Warner [Brothers] about whether or not they’d want to do a spin-off series. I think that would be an issue for DC. It isn’t quite clear to me that they’d be ready to do that, but it’s a good idea.”
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s a good idea. The possibilities are interesting for sure since there are so many great characters on the show, but I don’t know if any of them are good enough to stand on their own. If I had to choose though, I’d want to see Victoria Cartagena’s Renee Montoya get her own show as the Question. I’m picturing a very dark neo-noir detective story set in the underbelly of Gotham City. Just picture Montoya with her faceless mask and her trench coat climbing out of her girlfriend’s window to track down some scumbag serial rapists. Not that I’m advocating for them to ripoff the House of Ideas, but this could end up being DC’s version of ‘Jessica Jones’. I’m sure that Fox could pull that off and that sound fairly exciting to me. And if it’s too rough for their flagship network, it would definitely be a good fit on FX (even though that’s where X-Men series ‘Legion’ is heading). But who knows if Fox will even go in that direction or if WB/DC will sign off on it.
What do you think about the idea of a ‘Gotham’ spinoff? Which character could you see getting their own show? Let us know in the comments below.