Netflix nabs rights to "Gotham" ahead of premiere

Fox

"Gotham" is going to be fighting crime on Netflix.

The streaming service has struck a deal for the rights to Fox's Batman prequel ahead of its premiere later this month.

The agreement with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution gives Netflix the exclusive subscription video on demand rights to "Gotham" in the U.S. and all the other territories where the company operates, as well as some additional territories.

Each season of the series will become available on Netflix after its broadcast run, beginning in 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," 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."

"Gotham" draws on the origin story for Batman, taking place in Gotham City as Detective (and future Commissioner) James Gordon and the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight. The series follows Gordon's rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner as he navigates the layers of corruption that secretly rule Gotham City.

Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett and Sean Pertwee star in the series, which will feature villains from the Batman universe including The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy.

"Gotham" premieres Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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