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After gathering some impressive talent for its cast, Fox's Batman prequel series "Gotham" has another exciting addition: A series order from the network.

Fox made the announcement Monday that it would pick up the series for a full season to air sometime on the 2014-2015 schedule. It's expected to get a 22-episode order, though that exact number was unclear Monday.

While Bruce Wayne will appear on the show (played as a young man by David Mazouz), "Gotham" is meant to focus more closely on the residents of the Dark Knight's hometown, including main character Commissioner James Gordon (played by "The O.C." and "Southland" vet Ben McKenzie), in his pre-commissioner days. Villains the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Joker, and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) will all get their due, as will crooked Gotham detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), and the new villain Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), who was created specifically for the show.

The show is the third drama picked up by Fox for next season. It joins the Rainn Wilson-starring procedural "Backstrom," and "Hieroglyph," set in ancient Egypt.

Expect "Gotham" to compete with similar superhero tie-in shows like ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the CW's "Arrow" for eyeballs next year. Check out the trailer below.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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