‘Gotham’ Premiere – DC’s Batman Prequel Series [REVIEW]

Monday night FOX aired its sort of anticipated television series based in the Batman universe. All of it happening before Bruce Wayne ever becomes Batman, and focuses on an upcoming detective, Jim Gordon. So how did I feel about the first episode of the series?

I would have to say I was unimpressed. It was okay, and I will stick around but it did not impress me the way that Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD impressed me with its premier last season.

We have Ben McKenzie, most famous for his role in FOX’s “The OC”, who takes on the role of James Gordon. He’s a young fresh faced detective hell bent on turning things around in Gotham. The police force is corrupt, and he’s the only good cop available, apparently. So far (it is only one episode in) I’m not sold on Jim Gordon.

Gordon is partnered up with corrupt Detective Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue. While Bullock does everything in his power to get rid of Jim “do-gooder” Gordon, at the end of the day he helps save Jim’s life.

This first episode introduces us to a few familiar characters in the Batman universe. Robin Lord Taylor as a young Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin is looking to establish himself as a crime boss in Gotham. We also get to see a young Bruce Wayne. So far I think this is a child character that I’m almost certainly going to hate. That and the young Cat Woman, who is there for no reason at all. We’re also introduced to a little girl who is going to be Poison Ivy. Her name is Ivy.

Why did they feel the need to introduce all of these people at once?

Jada Pinkett Smith plays Fish Mooney. I gather that she’s a tough club owner who is one below current crime boss Carmine Falcone. Either way, her performance is very cartoonish.

Quick note: Did you catch the young stand up comedian? That’s reference to the Joker. Charlie from Emergency Awesome states that Fish Mooney will have several stand up comics audition for her, one of them is a young Joker. For those of you who don’t know, the Joker’s origin has him as a young failed stand up comedian.

There are a few other characters introduced, but they are easily dismissed.

The Batman universe is dark. They did their best to be as dark as they could at an 8pm time slot on network television.

Like I said before, I’ll stick around to see how the series starts to play out. The introductions of the current characters was sloppy. I’m hoping that things turn around, but once again this is exactly why I’m not ready to fully trust DC Comics.


About BJ Ragone

Just a man with a computer, smartphone and a ridiculous amount of pop culture knowledge.

Posted on September 23, 2014, in Entertainment, Television and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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