Fox orders Batman prequel ‘Gotham’ to series

FILE - In this March 1, 2012 file photo, actor Ben McKenzie poses for a portrait while promoting his TNT show "Southland" in New York. Fox says it's ordering a series that delves into the early years of future "Batman" police commissioner James Gordon, with McKenzie playing Gordon in his detective years. "Gotham" also will include untold tales of DC Comics villains and introduces a new character, Fish Mooney, producer Warner Bros. Television said Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file)
FILE - In this March 1, 2012 file photo, actor Ben McKenzie poses for a portrait while promoting his TNT show "Southland" in New York. Fox says it's ordering a series that delves into the early years of future "Batman" police commissioner James Gordon, with McKenzie playing Gordon in his detective years. "Gotham" also will include untold tales of DC Comics villains and introduces a new character, Fish Mooney, producer Warner Bros. Television said Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fox says it’s ordering a series that delves into the early career of future “Batman” police commissioner James Gordon.

Producer Warner Bros. Television said Monday that the show called “Gotham” also will include untold tales of DC Comics villains and introduce a new character, Fish Mooney.

Jada Pinkett Smith will star as Mooney, with Ben McKenzie playing Gordon during his years as a detective.

Other cast members include Donal Logue as detective Harvey Bullock and David Mazouz as young Bruce Wayne, the future Batman.

An air date hasn’t been announced, but a Warner Bros. spokesman says “Gotham” is planned for the 2014-15 season.

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