Here’s a Trailer for Gotham, Fox’s Commissioner Gordon Origin Story Series

Fox isn’t wasting any time. After announcing it had picked up Gotham to air this fall yesterday, Fox debuted the show’s first trailer last night during the premiere of 24: Live Another Day. The show stars Ben McKenzie as a young James Gordon, the man who will eventually become police commissioner of Gotham and one of Batman’s allies. This means, depending on which Batman franchise you believe to be the One True Franchise, he’ll grow up to become Neil Hamilton, Pat Hingle or Gary Oldman.

The show, and ostensibly its first episode, will show us the first meeting between Gordon and Bruce Wayne, the boy who will become Batman. Gordon is the detective assigned to solve the murder of Wayne’s parents and develops a sort of mentor/mentee relationship with the boy.

The trailer also gives us a look at the teenage delinquents who will become Batman’s nemeses: Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler and Poison Ivy.

And there is one more thing. This trailer introduces us to Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett Smith. She is a mob boss with some pretty epic hair game. She is also supposedly an original character not previously seen in the Batman canon. However, there is some speculation that that’s just a cover story, and Mooney will eventually become one of Batman’s foes as well. Most of that speculation suggests she’s a new version of Great White, thanks to their similarly aquatic nicknames. Great White is a fairly new addition to the world of Gotham, showing up in comics about a decade ago. Great White is a white collar criminal who begins running a criminal empire after he’s thrown into an asylum. Moony is, of course, not a white collar criminal, but a nightclub owner and I don’t get the impression that she’s ever worn a suit.

Her fate, whatever it may be, and the fate of the rest of Gotham’s characters will be revealed in due time when Gotham premieres on Fox this fall. Because of the popularity of comic book heroes right now, and because it’s a return to Ben McKenzie brooding and punching things, a la The O.C., this looks destined to become a hit.