Having secured exclusive content with Marvel, Netflix has now turned its attention to their rival and has moved to secure the rights to the upcoming DC show ‘Gotham’ before an episode has even aired. The deal said to be worth around $1.75 million an episode, is a bold move considering the full season will have aired before becoming available to subscribers. Not to mention that early buzz on the show has been less than stellar.
Unlike the recent deal the streaming service had with the final season of ‘Breaking Bad’ (oh how I miss you) the show will not be aired weekly but will be available in full once the first season has aired. Netflix has also cut a similar deal with the Breaking Bad prequel “Better Call Saul” along with the high-rated NBC drama “The Blacklist” starring James Spader.
“‘Gotham’ is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, in a statement. “The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love.”
“Gotham,” which premieres on Fox on Sept. 22, explores the untold origin stories of many of the characters that populate the Batman franchise while the Caped Crusader is still a child.