Netflix is really sure you’re going to like FOX’s new baby Batman series Gotham. They’re so bat-certain you’re going to want to bat-watch it, they’ve picked purchased the series before it’s even premiered—for a reported bat-whopping $1.75 million an episode. Holy major gambles, Batman.
In what Deadline is calling the first-ever subscription video on demand deal to take place before a series has hit broadcast, Netflix will be streaming full seasons of Gotham once they’ve completed airing; so, around this time next year, you’ll be able to watch (re-watch?) the entire first season of Gotham in one go. If you’re into that. Which no one knows, of course, because no one has even seen the show yet.
Netflix bought the worldwide streaming rights to Gotham, so no matter where you are, you’ll be able to check it out. Apparently, they wanted to snap up the Bat-drama before Amazon or Hulu had the chance; which is great, in this case, for people outside of the US (much like myself), to whom Hulu is the constant bane of our existence.
“In this era of new business models and expanding windows, this is an unprecedented deal for our company and our industry,” said the president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, in a statement. I imagine he wanted to add, “Also please like Gotham because we really need it to do well now okay thanks,” but that’s just conjecture.
Find out if you like Gotham for yourself when it premieres on FOX on September 22nd. Or wait a year until it’s on Netflix, I guess.