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There are quite a few iconic moments in the Batman franchise. But for Fox's new prequel series Gotham, there's one scene that sets the stage for all of those future instances to come.

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Based on the DC Comics characters, the series explores the origin story of James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie), a detective in the Gotham City Police Department who battles the villains who made the city (in)famous. In our exclusive clip from Monday's premiere, Gordon sits with a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) minutes after the brutal murder of his parents.

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"There is something you can do now," Gordon tells Bruce. "You can be strong. Be strong. I promise you I will find the man who did this."

Then, in another first introduction, Gordon meets Wayne's butler and future father figure Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee).

Watch the scene unfold:

Gotham premieres on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c on Fox.