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September 21, 2014

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keeping Gotham safe from peo- ple like the man who made him an orphan. It's also how he meets Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, "The O.C.," "Southland"), the city's future White Knight and "Gotham's" leading man. Millennials will best know McKenzie from his role as "The O.C.'s" brooding bad boy with a heart of gold, Ryan Atwood. Now in a far more age-appro- priate role, the handsome Texan is the perfect choice for the future Commissioner Gordon. "He has a kind of natural integrity and strength," writer and executive producer Bruno Heller says of the actor in a pre- view for the series, "an old- fashioned set of values that and previous screen incarna- tions. "Gotham" is, in fact, an origin story, and it aims to pro- vide the background on how Gotham City and its residents — heroes and villains alike — came to be. The idea is a dynamo for sure. While there's no question that Batman's a beloved charac- ter, his story has been done before, over and over. By con- trast, there's not a whole lot known about The Penguin, Catwoman and the rest before they went bad — if they ever weren't bad — and now we'll get some insight as to what happened to put them on their dastardly paths. With "Gotham" comes a taste of something brand new, but still connected to the story and hero that we love. "We don't want to just regur- gitate a comic book," says DC Entertainment's chief creative officer Geoff Johns in a preview clip. "We need to elevate it, we need to make it something it's never been before, while still staying true to the DNA." You don't have to worry about a total lack of Batman, either — he's still around, he's just not Batman yet, and there- fore doesn't demand the same focus. Thirteen-year-old David Mazouz ("Touch") plays the bil- lionaire-playboy-to-be, Bruce Wayne. He doesn't know it yet, but the murder of his parents sets young Bruce on the path to you can count on one hand, it's clear that the franchise isn't exactly wanting for popularity. It's no stranger to television, either, and a few new DC proj- ects are on the horizon for the near future. The first of these to make its way to prime time is the highly anticipated "Gotham," which gets under- way Monday, Sept. 22, on Fox. What makes the series a par- ticular standout is that is doesn't cover the Batman time frame we know from the comics share of theater revenue. From "Swamp Thing" (1982), "Catwoman" (2004) and "Green Lantern" (2011) to more Batmans and Supermans than By Jacqueline Spendlove TV Media C omic book adaptations have taken off on both the big screen and the small. Ever since "Superman and the Mole-Men" graced the sil- ver screen in 1951, DC Comics has raked in more than its fair Wishbone Restaurant 2 x 6.5" TV September 21 - 27, 2014 TIFTAREA TIFTAREA Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie star in "Gotham" SUNDAY DAYTIME SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 10 AM 10:30 11 AM 11:30 12 PM 12:30 1 PM 1:30 2 PM 2:30 3 PM 3:30 4 PM 4:30 5 PM 5:30 6 PM 6:30 BROADCAST CHANNELS

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