Even on television, Marvel and DC are at each others’ throats. Last year’s Television Critics Association darling, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been handily replaced by Fox’s upcoming Commissioner Gordon (and Batman, and a slew of other characters) origins story, Gotham. Named 2014’s most promising series and drama, the crime thriller is set to kick off September 22nd — one day before S.H.I.E.L.D.’s return. It’ll be interesting to see how the ratings for both fare. But before we jump the gun, let’s remember they picked The Blacklist as last year’s Most Promising New Drama. Granted, the Spader has been in fine form, but even he can’t overcome the terrible and bland Megan Boone (that hasn’t stopped Netflix from snapping up the series). I daresay Gotham has (Spader excepted) a better overall cast (led by Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee and Jada Pinkett Smith), and this featurette is pretty enticing and looks gorgeous (shooting in NYC was very wise):
Regardless of fanfare, I can’t imagine any Batman lovers not at least checking out the premiere. Here’s hoping the critics are right this time.
Note: As pointed out by A.J. in the comments, Netflix already bought the exclusive rights to Gotham.