Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. It’s earlier than “Batman Begins,” it is how all the characters that we’ve loved and or hated our entire lives have evolved into what they are. I’m old enough to remember the series Batman that starred Adam West and Robin was a dork in tights. When instead of showing you violence a big (POW) would come across the screen. Batman has come a long way from Michael Keaton (the best Batman) to Val Kilmer (Horrible Batman) to Christian Bale (a good Batman) No matter how you’ve viewed it, Batman was a grown Bruce Wayne and we only knew what happened to Wayne’s parents via flashbacks. The new series on Fox starts right at the murder of Bruce’s parents. Gotham aims to tell the story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.
Some shows modeled after comic books are not entertaining to me. Agents Of Shield (ABC) is a successful show but I don’t like it. It’s watered down for Disney owned network. Fox is gritty and not for your kids under 14, it almost should be on HBO. Everything about this show screams hit. There is as graphic of violence as one is allowed on network television and that gives the show credibility as Batman is a vigilante doling out justice in the night. Batman is a bad dude, he’s not Superman and although the 60’s version made Batman out to be a hero, Gotham makes sure that you get it from the opening scene that Bruce Wayne will have a dark side to him. Plainly put, this ain’t your daddy’s Batman.
The show doesn’t just tell you how Gordon rises to power and why Bruce Wayne becomes the “Dark Night” it also tells you how Penguin, Joker, Riddller, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Harvey Dent, Mr. Freeze, and Hugo Strange. The cast is a strong one with Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Mooney, Donal Logue plays Harvey Bullock, Jim Gordon’s partner. Logue played Lt. Declan Murphy on Law &Order SVU last season. Gordon is played by Ben McKenzie and Brits will know Sean Pertwee who plays Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce’s guardian.
The show opens with Selina Kyle (who will become Catwoman) doing her normal pick pocket routine as she steals milk to feed the kittens she unknowingly and silently stumbles upon and witnesses Thomas and Martha Wayne’s gruesome and bloody murders. The scene of Bruce kneeling between his deceased parents is both iconic and heartbreaking. Gotham, stays true to the comics with the character Montoya who is a lesbian and it seems that Fox is staying with that storyline. You see the development of Oswald Cobblepot,(Penguin) who is a sadistic bugger if I’ve ever seen one. As the show said in it’s promotion of the series, “Monday’s are going to kick ass!”
The show has already been slated to run in Australia, Canada, and fret not my fellow Brits, Channel 5 will be airing Gotham in the UK. It also has been sold to Netflix to live stream if you don’t live in a country that doesn’t air it. The show premiered last night but it is available now on Hulu Plus, and probably on demand or on the Fox website. So, if you’ve followed the comics and desire to see how true it stays to the original story or if this is your first dance with the devil in the pale moonlight, Gotham has exactly what you need.
Pictures from Fox.com except Batman which is from Warner Bros.
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TK’s Bio: Terrence Kyrell Hodge I was born 9/13/79, in what was then W. Berlin Germany, to Qualise and Lieutenant Tyrone Hodge of the United States Marine Corps. He lived in London England and graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2000 with BA in English and Political Science. Terrence writes about any and everything. Terrence is planning a series of novels that are works of “faction” part factual (nonfiction) and partly fictional. He plans to bring a dual vision of American and European observation and opinions to PMA. He will bring blunt honesty with a sense of comedy. He says “I will write wherever I’m needed as I am NOT a one trick pony.”