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The new trailer for FOX’s highly-anticipated series “Gotham” has just arrived for our viewing pleasure. The clip takes a closer look at Detective James Gordon’s backstory as he is seen walking towards a crime scene in Gotham City. Popular villains still working their way up the criminal food chain can be seen in plain sight with the police standing at a covered body.

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Benjamin Mckenzie’s Gordon says in a voiceover:

“This is my city. I’ve come back because I care what’s happening to it,” “Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who cares. This town is at a tipping point: crime, corruption, ooze on every corner. Someone needs to take a stand against it all – and that is where we come in.”

Image courtesy of YouTube

Image courtesy of YouTube

Oswald Cobblepott a.k.a Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Selina Kyle a.k.a Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) are quietly observing the future Commissioner as he kneels down to pickup something at the crime scene toward the end of the video. He unfolds a newspaper headline about himself with a handwritten message on it which reads, “Welcome Home.”

“The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller develops the one-hour prequel drama, focusing on the younger days of Jim Gordon, as he learns the ropes in Gotham City and begins to encounter characters and villains that will become significant in later Batman stories. He executive produces and writes the pilot, while Danny Cannon lends a hand as executive producer and will direct.

The crime drama based on the popular DC comic books will launch Monday, September 22 at 8 P.M. on FOX. Fans of the Caped Crusader should mark their calendars and head to Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday, July 26. DC’s ‘Gotham’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’ and ‘Constantine’ will be promoted in a three hour presentation. FOX’s “Gotham” will premiere the first episode, followed by Q&A with the cast and crew.

 

Full synopsis released by Fox:

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

“Gotham” is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, Open Grave, “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.

As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, “HawthoRNe,” Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” Another Earth).

Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara,