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Fall TV Editors' Picks: Meet the Villains Who Run Gotham Without Batman

Can a Batman series succeed without actually containing Batman? Fox hopes so with its new prequel series Gotham.

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Can a Batman series succeed without actually containing Batman? Fox hopes so with its new prequel series Gotham.

From Bruno Heller, creator of The Mentalist, Gotham follows The Caped Crusader's pal Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he rises up the ranks of the Gotham Police Department. Partnered up with Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), Gordon cleans up the streets of Gotham with hard-nosed police work, often running into fledgling versions of well-known Batman villains, including The Riddler, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. Just don't expect The Dark Knight to swoop down from a ledge with a fancy utility belt. In Gotham's timeline, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is just a kid.

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Gotham premieres Monday at 8/7c on Fox.