Leave it to Bruce Wayne to be a trendsetter when it comes to streaming rights for a TV show.
Deadline broke the news that Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to Gotham, meaning that if you want to watch the story of Gotham City prior to the arrival of Batman on demand, you’re going to need a Netflix account. The deal is exclusive in the U.S. and any other territories in which Netflix operates or is expected to set up shop. No official financial details were revealed, though Deadline believes that the deal is in the neighborhood of $1.75 million per episode.
What’s potentially historic about the agreement is that Gotham has yet to premiere, meaning that Netflix was willing to take a chance on the series before the public has had its say. Early reviews from critics have been somewhat mixed, but the Batman brand is one that is hard to bet against.
There’s no word yet on when episodes of Gotham might show up on Netflix, but reports say that September 2015 would be a good guess, just in time for the second season to debut on Fox. The first season begins on Monday, September 22.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)