Danny Cannon Tapped to Direct Gotham Pilot

Deadline is reporting that Fox has hired Danny Cannon to direct and executive produce the pilot for their upcoming DC comic TV series “Gotham.” Cannon is no stranger to TV pilots having helmed the inaugural episodes for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Nikita,” and “The Tomorrow People,” and he’s also worked in the realm of comic books before as he directed the 1995 Judge Dredd film starring Sylvester Stallone.

Under development from “The Mentalist” creator Bruno Heller, “Gotham” will focus on a young James Gordon in Gotham City years before Bruce Wayne puts on the Batman cape and cowl, though it appears a young Bruce will appear in the series along with the potential for a few of his future villains.

First appearing in “Detective Comics” #27 (the 1939 comic that also debuted Batman), Commissioner James Gordon is the creation of Bill Finger and Bob Kane. He was previously played on the 1960′s “Batman” television show by Neil Hamilton. Gary Oldman most recently portrayed the character in Christopher Nolan’s big screen trilogy.