Gotham, Gotham and Gotham! Finally, Fall TV is here and what better way to kick it off than with the premier of Gotham – the police-crime drama based off of the iconic city featured in Batman comics and movies. So how did it do? Here’s our take.
Gotham is an American superhero television series created by Bruno Heller, based on characters appearing in and published by DC Comics, specifically those of Detective James Gordon and Bruce Wayne (A.K.A. Batman, The Dark Knight)
Gotham takes us back to a time before there was a Batman, with a city riddled by crime and run by the criminal masterminds, corrupt police and politicians. It revolves around a lone, honest cop, Jim Gordon, who we know from past Batman films and comics will eventually become the iconic Commissioner Gordon, as he struggles to fight against the denizens of the criminal underworld and come toe-to-toe with younger versions of villains we’ve all come to know – The Penguin, The Riddler, Cat Woman, Poison Ivy and others.
A Crime Drama, Yes. But Gotham is So Much More
On the surface, Gotham looks no different than any other of the 5 or 6 police crime dramas on the air. Cops, fighting internal corruption while working to put away the scum of society. Doesn’t sound like anything we haven’t already seen right?
What IS different however, is us, the audience, already knowing what eventually comes to pass, when the Batman eventually takes center stage and claims Gotham as his own. This is the underlying ‘ace in the hole’ that the series has – being able to see and watch the rise of iconic criminal characters from the beginning, as well as a young Jim Gordon.
We know the end game. We know the legendary conflicts with the Penguin, The Riddler, Cat Woman and others. Now we get to see how and what they did to get to where they get, and that makes Gotham, worth watching. At least for now.
Ratings were relatively strong opening night – ‘Gotham’ premieres strong while ‘Big Bang Theory’ explodes [Entertainment Weekly], but then again, so was opening night for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which saw a gradual slip throughout the season until the last 4 or 5 episodes.
I like to give any new series 3 to 4 episodes to prove itself, and when it comes to shows based on science fiction or comic book characters, maybe even a little more leeway. So the jury is still out on Gotham.
This first show gave us a lot to swallow – ‘Gotham’ Premiere: 14 Easter Eggs You May Have Missed [ScreenRant], with the number of iconic character names they dropped right out of the gate, but it also set the stage with what could be a long and exciting ride, with so many different angles and story lines they could traverse.
I am cautiously optimistic….