Let’s face it. This was inevitable.
With the success of Arrow, DC has now sold its soul to the devil. With the arrival of new shows like the Flash, Constantine, and now Gotham, I’m guessing they’re facing up to the fact that they can’t beat Marvel through the big screen, so they’ll worm their way into people’s hearts through the small screen. Smart, I have to admit. Really smart.
Gotham follows the story of the young and naive Detective James Gordon (Ben Mackenzie). He’s assigned to the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, the parents of a young Bruce Wayne. With the death of the Waynes, Gotham threatens to fall into absolute anarchy.
Through Gordon’s eyes, we will see and understand why Gotham is as corrupt as it is. We’ll be able to see the younger versions of many iconic characters (asides from Batman) like Catwoman, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, the Penguin, and possibly the Joker.
1. Gotham is supposed to be ‘timeless’.
There isn’t a set period of time when the show is supposed to take place. It’s supposed to echo 1970’s New York, yet we get the juxtaposition of antique cars and modern cellphones. Interesting?
2. The main set, the police precinct, took 10 weeks to build.
The production team made it a point to reduce the amount of visual effects in the show, so we get detailed sets and hand-picked locations. It really does help that the actual show is filmed in New York, the city on which Gotham is modelled after. With the addition of expertly crafted CGI, such as rooftop gargoyles and Gothic elements, it creates an immersive experience all around.
3. This is the first time Harvey Bullock has been brought to life in live-action.
He’s the crooked cop that’s assigned as Jim’s partner. He’s been on the force a lot longer than Jim has, so he knows how to make Gotham work for him. While he’s a bad apple, he tries to warn Jim of what the city holds, hoping to prevent Jim from killing himself with his ambition and sense of justice. Played by Donal Logue.
4. Jada Pinkett’s character Fish Mooney was created solely for this show.
“You don’t get a lot of opportunity to have a playground for your shadow. That is what makes this character so fun.” While I wrinkled my nose at Jada Pinkett’s involvement with the show, seeing her in character, with her criminal mastermind drawl, really does make me want to see more of her. It’s not often we get female criminal masterminds, especially ones who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
5. The Penguin starts out as a Fish’s manservant.
Played by Robin Lord Taylor (the obsessive compulsive from the movie Accepted), gets his career boost when the Waynes die. He manipulates the good and the bad, pitting them against each other – all the while seeming like a sad, pathetic loser with a bad leg.
6. Selina Kyle aka Catwoman witnesses Thomas and Martha Wayne’s death.
Played by the 15 year old Camren Bicondova. We don’t know too much about her yet, except that she’s “a teenage orphan who is suspicious and wholly unpredictable. A street thief and skilled pickpocket, she’s dangerous when cornered.”
7. No sight of the Joker yet.
I’m guessing they’re saving that for future seasons, but DAMN, COME ON.
I don’t know, guys. I wasn’t exactly a fan of Arrow. Mostly due to the awkward dialogue and Stephen Amell’s pretty pageant face. And CW. UGH, FUCK YOU CW. However, I haven’t heard anything bad about the show so far, and the trailers and previews I’ve been watching it does give me some hope. We can only cross our fingers that it doesn’t turn out to be some major disappointment like Almost Human.
Check out some of the previews!
Netflix has recently obtained distribution rights to the show, but it won’t be until next year… when everyone’s already pirated it. Gotham arrives on September 22 on FOX.