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If Fox is hoping to turn its Batman prequel series Gotham into classic crime drama series that just happens to have a link to a superhero, the network has just found the right man to direct the pilot. Danny Cannon, who directed the pilots for the CSI franchise, has reportedly been hired to helm the pilot.
Fox won a heated bidding war for Gotham between the networks in September. It is being developed by Warner Bros. TV and Bruno Heller, the creator of CBS’ The Mentalist, so adding Cannon to the mix just continues to build the show’s collection of crime drama veterans.
Cannon’s hiring was first reported by Deadline, which noted that he will also executive produce the pilot. He also has close ties with the CW, having directed the Nikita pilot and is an executive producer on The Tomorrow People. He’s also going to direct a 1930s-set pilot for WBTV and Ellen DeGeneres.
Gotham will focus on the career of Lt. James Gordon before Batman arrives on the scene and before he gets promoted to commissioner. It also looks into the origins of Batman’s villains.
Fox has made a series commitment to the project and marked it a major priority.