Channel 5 to screen Batman prequel series, Gotham

Gotham, the TV show starring Ben McKenzie and Jada Pinkett Smith, is headed to UK screens this autumn.

The origins show, set in pre-Batman Gotham City, will be shown on Channel 5.

Former OC star Ben plays James Gordon in the action-packed Warner Bros series, which follows his rise from rookie detective to future Police Commissioner, navigating the layers of corruption that secretly rule the city. Donal Logue is his on-screen partner Harvey Bullock.

English actor Sean Pertwee portrays Alfred Pennyworth, who eventually becomes Bruce Wayne/Batman’s butler, with David Mazouz, who previously starred in Touch, as the young Bruce Wayne who has been left orphaned after his billionaire parents were murdered.

Jada portrays imposing gang boss Fish Mooney and The Wire’s John Doman has been cast as mob kingpin Carmine Falcone.

Camren Bicondova (a teenage Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin) and Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma/the future Riddler) also star in Gotham, which will premiere in the US on September 22 on Fox.

Channel 5’s head of acquisitions, Katie Keenan, said: “I don’t think there was a more exciting show at the LA screenings this year – Gotham is a thrilling drama built on iconic characters that fascinate. Channel 5 is delighted to become the home of such a powerful, bold and visually stunning show.”