Gotham turned out to be a pleasant police procedural set in the prequel times of the Batman franchise. A little dark with no campy.
The following could be considered riddled with spoilers. Get it, riddled? Ha!
When I first heard about the Gotham series, a Batman prequel series, populated with youthful versions of the bad “guys” we know and “love” from the title franchise, didn’t truly appeal to me. I’ve seen cartoons from popular comic characters and in cartoon format, it’s cute, tolerable and an angled marketing tool towards the younger demographics. But this?
Then the marketing hype for Gotham started and it seemed to be so viral and seeing how much Fox was investing in the show that I started to wonder if they think they have something on their hands?
Then I saw conflicting reviews. But then again, I don’t give a ton of credence to most reviews or previews. I took it all with a grain of salt and went from there.
I DVR’d it and checked it out.
Despite a little bit of confusion about there not being any Batman in this Batman prequel series, I believe Fox has put together something worthwhile.
This show is going to follow James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as a young cop and new partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) dealing with what we learn to be the corrupt police department and a developing underbelly of the city.
The episode opens with us following a young cat burglar lifting things from unsuspecting citizens of Gotham, then she witnesses the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. It’s from here we meet the cast of characters that will be filling out the series, dropped with hints of who they will turn out to be. The hints are not subtle as far as to who they will turn out to be, but it’s not a horrid, over-the-top delivery.
We have Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) [S2B soon to be, The Riddler], Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) [S2B The Penguin], and Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) [S2B Catwoman]. We even met a tiny, very young Poison Ivy.
Outside of the obvious, so far, it is not a half bad police procedural.
On one hand, it is interesting to see this prequel come to life, at a time when Gotham starts to spiral downward. It’s a dark time when the police department is as corrupt as the criminals peppered throughout the town. On a different hand, I have to wonder what they have in store for viewers with the story? How much will we see of the prequel villains?
I like Logue as Bullock, I think McKenzie will give us a great Gordon, and I suspect, from the few things we saw of the young Bruce Wayne, that we can see the bat being developed internally, while being watched over by the much younger and seemingly capable Alfred Pennyworth, played by Sean Pertwee. And yes, Jada Pinkett Smith delivers a mid-level crime boss named Fish, whom I think will also deliver.
Give it a once over and see what you think.