Netflix has bought the streaming rights to air FOX’s Batman prequel, Gotham, starting in 2015.
Each season of the Gotham will be made available to Netflix members following their linear broadcast beginning in 2015.
Gotham debuts on FOX on Monday, September 22. The series draws on Batman’s origin story and takes place in Gotham as young Detective (and future Commissioner) James Gordon and an orphaned Bruce Wayne meet in the days that precede the arrival of Batman.
The cast includes Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Sean Pertwee. Gordon will rise from detective to commissioner as he navigates the corruption that dominates Gotham City.
The action-packed drama draws on the DC Comics stories as they reveal a chapter that has never been told.
“Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love.”
“In this era of new business models and expanding windows, this is an unprecedented deal for our company and our industry,” said Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. “While we typically license our programming country by country, we have licensed this very special series to Netflix on a multi-territory basis. Netflix is a perfect home for Gotham following its initial broadcast in each respective country, giving Netflix subscribers the opportunity to catch-up prior to the new season, whether they’re already fans or discovering it for the first time.”