Batman, Breaking Bad Prequels Coming To Netflix, Young Penguin & Saul Goodman Streaming To Your PC
Netflix is getting more and more aggressive with the shows it buys. After putting down an unprecedented $2 million an episode for James Spader show The Blacklist, they have now in an equally unprecedented move bought the rights for the as yet unaired Batman prequel show Gotham.
Deadline reports that Gotham didn't come cheap for the SVOD service either, with an estimated $1.75 million an episode. Pretty impressive considering Fox (Gotham's network TV owner) has their own streaming service, and the contract Netflix has signed with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution is an exclusive one. Yeah, by the way, Warner Bros. has the rights to all DC characters, with the Batman TV show licensed to Fox, with its digital distribution now in the hands of Netflix. Try to figure all that out without feeling like you were hit by a Count Vertigo spiral attack!
Better Call Saul, the AMC spin-off/prequel to Breaking Bad about Walter White's sleazy lawyer, will also have Netflix claiming first streaming dibs, though only in non-U.S. territories. The 2002-set show is expected to air on AMC February 2015.
Gotham, centering on young commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) trying to keep their city from teetering into the abyss of crime, will be premiering on Fox this September 22, with its Netflix debut expected to be September 2015