The FOX Batman prequel hasn’t even aired, and yet, Netflix strikes a deal with Warner Bros. Gotham is coming to Netflix and will be available on demand, in the U.S. and select countries, September 2015.
“Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world. 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,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
WBWTD President Jeffrey R. Schlesinger admits that this is an unprecedented move for Warner Bros. and its industry.
“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,” said Schlesinger.
In a deal allegedly worth $1.7 million an episode, Warner Bros. and Netflix must be confident in the show’s success to make this kind of deal ahead of its potential second season.
Gotham premieres September 22 on FOX and will star Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Victoria Cartagena (Renee Montoya), Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), David Mazouz (young Bruce Wayne), Camren Bicondova (young Seline Kyle), Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot), and Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, a character created specifically for the show. Detective James Gordon partners with Harvey Bullock to solve one of Gotham’s most high-profile case ever, the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, while also dealing with the city’s criminal underground. In the wake of their death, Gordon forms a relationship with the newly orphaned Bruce Wayne that will ultimately shape the young boy to become one of DC’s most legendary heroes, Batman.
You can watch the extended trailer below: