In one of the most shocking moves in the history of broadcasting, Netflix reportedly signed a deal with Warner Bros today to gain exclusive rights to Gotham, the Batman Without Batman prequel that will feature teenage versions of Batman's supporting cast of villains doing... teenage villainy stuff, we guess. It's a pretty ballsy move by Netflix, considering Gotham has yet to air a single episode and even if it does turn out to be a great show, it's airing on Fox, which means it will just get shifted around to various unwinnnable timeslots and have its episodes aired out of order until they finally cancel it before it has a chance to build an audience. In addition, it's a comic book show, which means even if there are some people who want to see it that don't watch it for free on network TV a year before it makes its way to Netflix, they'll already have had it spoiled for them by the thousands of recaps and Easter egg articles that will be published each week in the comics blogosphere.
According to sources close to the online streaming giant, the company had a nobler and more important motive in buying the rights than simply showing it to their subscribers. "We wanted to spite Amazon," said Netflix CEO Fred Netflix, reportedly.
Well, carry on then.
Gotham debuts later this month on Fox. Then, a year from now, on Netflix.
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