5 Reasons Why We're Optimistic About FOX's Gotham
Disclaimer: I was a Smallville fan. I accepted it for what it was, a teen drama that featured angst, romance, and a Lex Luthor that was too good for the show. Somewhere along the way, everything got muddled up and I stopped watching. I’ve been told that the series got much better as it was ending, but the heartbreak was too much for me. Will I ever see a superhero adaptation on my TV screen that I actually liked?
I grit my teeth through Birds of Prey. I mourned the fate of Heroes after its first season. I waited in vain for Wonder Woman. Then there came Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The former is fine; the latter, not so much, but it’s still too early to write it off. Now we have three distinctly DC superhero adaptations to look forward to: the CW’s Flash, NBC’s Constantine, and FOX’s Gotham.
We already featured the first set photos from The Flash a while ago. The first promotional photo of Matt Ryan as John Constantine looks pretty convincing too. But why are we looking forward to Gotham the most?
We have Ben McKenzie as a young James Gordon, Donal Logue as old-school police Detective Harvey Bullock and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth onboard so at least we don’t have to worry about acting chops. (If you still think of Ben McKenzie as the guy from The O.C., then you probably belong to 80% of the world’s population. But don’t worry. He was good in Southland.)
It’s the closest thing to having Gotham Central on TV
Ah, Gotham Central. Here’s a quick story: I read every single issue of Gotham Central in the middle of my Batman phase (which I’m still technically in) and after I read the very last issue, I had to take a break from reading any other comic. Was it horrible? It was the complete opposite. I found it so good that the thought of going back to regular comics where the Dark Knight had the spotlight again just left me uninspired. I ached to read more about the world of the good men and women in GCPD’s Major Crimes Unit. Gotham is the closest we’ll ever have to getting it on our screens!
As much as I love the Joker, having him be the main villain in Gotham‘s first season would be a big mistake. Instead, we’re going to see a certain Oswald Cobblepot climb his way up the criminal underworld. Check out what the synopsis says about the first villains here:
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, “HawthoRNe,” Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” Another Earth).
The world of Batman has no shortage of fantastic stories that Gotham can take inspiration from. In fact, McKenzie tweeted a list of comics he’s reading to prepare for the role. Included were: Gotham Central(!!), Year One, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, and Batman: Earth One.
Got some reading to do. # gotham pic.twitter.com/ujRRy6YL1v
— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) February 12, 2014
It’s not Batman-centric
My tolerance for Batman-related anything is nowhere near its saturation point. But when it comes to this show, I’m glad that we’re putting the focus on Jim Gordon and the GCPD. We’ve had enough origin stories for now. Plus, with the Batman vs Superman movie coming up, it’s not like we’ll be lacking in some Bat-exposure. Young Bruce Wayne will still be featured on the show, but hopefully he takes the backseat this time.
Though the early reviews of the pilot’s script haven’t been too optimistic, there’s still a lot that can be tweaked and improved by the good men and women producing the show. As a lifelong comic book geek, the glut of superhero shows and movies only makes me happier. For every ten Birds of Prey, someone’s bound to get it right sometime, right?
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