A few months ago Fox announced that they would develop a series called Gotham that would focus on the roots of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains that put Gotham on the map. It didn't seem like the series would include Bruce Wayne, but we've now learned that the series will also tell a Batman origin story.
In a recent interview with Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, he explained,
"This is not one of the things where you bought a franchise and then none of characters people know. We will follow Bruce Wayne right up until the point where he gets interesting."
Which is basically kind of like what was done with Smallville and Clark Kent. It's a solid formula that could really work. He goes on to say that they are looking to cast a young boy–around 12 years old–to play Bruce, and that he won't put on the cape or cowl until the end of the series. Reilly went on to say,
"The show won't have a bunch of characters you've never heard of. We see Detective Gordon, before he's a commissioner, all the characters you know, Bruce Wayne, the Penguin, all of them. It's Gotham teetering on the edge, and we see what makes these characters become who they are, [like] Catwoman. It's an operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality to it."
All this new information makes me even more excited about what they are going to do with the series! It sounds like it going to focus on the decline of Gotham city and the rise of the villains whom Batman will eventually have to protect it from.