As if there was any doubt, Fox has picked up its Gotham pilot as a full TV series, and in celebration here's the first trailer. Ben McKenzie stars as the early-career Jim Gordon in the Before-Batman crime drama, with support from Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, and David Mazouz as the young Bruce Wayne.
Plenty to muse on there, with Gordon walking his mean streets for the first time and Bruce enduring a formative tragedy in Crime Alley (note the sneaky bat symbol...).
As promised, there's plenty of attention for nascent versions of most of the famous villains too. Camren Bicondova is Selena "Catwoman" Kyle (perhaps more anti-heroine than villain); Clare Foley is "Poison" Ivy Pepper; Cory Michael Smyth is a certain Mr E. Nygma; and we get a good chunk of Penguin origin story, with Oswald Cobblepot here imagined as a clammy street thug played by Robin Taylor.
There's no sign of The Joker yet; rumour has it he'll show up as a comedian in the club belonging to Smith's crime boss Fish Mooney. And we have only the briefest glimpse of Sean Pertwee, who'll be playing Bruce Wayne's butler, guardian and mentor Alfred Pennyworth.
Danny Cannon (CSI, Judge Dredd) is the director of what we have so far, but there's no air date for the pilot or start date for the full series. We will, of course, keep you posted.