Gotham will be released on Netflix UK… in 2015
Staff Reporter | On 03, Sep 2014Reading time: 2 mins
Gotham will be released on Netflix UK… in 2015.
Update: Gotham will arrive on Netflix UK on Sunday 2nd August 2015. For a round up of what else is coming soon to the streaming service that month, click here.
Today, Netflix and Warner Bros announced a deal that will see the VOD service become the exclusive subscription streaming home of the anticipated superhero series.
Gotham is currently set to premiere on Fox in the US on Monday 22nd September and on Channel 5 in the UK at an unconfirmed date. After the linear broadcast has completed, though, Gotham will be added to the Netflix catalogue next year.
The series draws on the origin story of Batman, taking place in Gotham City as young Detective (and future Commissioner) James Gordon and the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight. With a cast including Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Terriers), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix Reloaded, Ali, Collateral, HawthoRNe) and Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers, Luther), the one-hour drama follows Gordon’s rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner as he navigates the layers of corruption that secretly rule Gotham City.
“Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” says 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.”
The action-packed series is a significant new development for DC Comics, as they compete with rival Marvel. Indeed, Marvel has already secured an exclusive deal with Netflix to produce a string of original superhero mini-series, starting with Daredevil next year. Now, though, DC’s Super-Villains and Vigilantes will stand alongside the Hell’s Kitchen heroes on the subscription VOD service.
“In this era of new business models and expanding windows, this is an unprecedented deal for our company and our industry,” adds Jeffrey R.
Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.
“While we typically license our programming country by country, we have licensed this very special series to Netflix on a multi-territory basis. Netflix is a perfect home for Gotham following its initial broadcast in each respective country, giving Netflix subscribers the opportunity to catch-up prior to the new season, whether theyre already fans or discovering it for the first time.”