TV Show Reviews
"Gotham" review by Suzanne
Premieres September 22 on FOX
This is a really cool show, even though Batman is not a
character in it. You can't compare it to shows like "Smallville"
or "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", even though it has
some similarities to this show. It's much more cool and hip
than either of those shows ever even aspired to be. It's got
the same cool darkness that the Batman movies and comics
have. It's got fabulous actors, good stories, and a real
comic book feel in the Batman tradition.
The pilot episode begins with the shooting of young Bruce
Wayne's parents, just as the Batman origin movies do.
However, rather than skip ahead to Bruce's evolution into
becoming Batman, it stays there. The murder is
investigated by a young Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie,
who was excellent as a young cop in "Southland"), who is a
new detective. He's partnered with an older, corrupt,
hard-drinking cop named Harvey Bullock (the awesomely
talented Donal Logue). Veteran character actor John Doman plays the big mob boss Carmine Falcone.
We get to see other Batman characters when they're
younger, such as Ben's girlfriend and future wife, Barbara;
the young Oswald who becomes The Penguin; the young Catwoman
when she's a teen, a middle-aged Alfred, and so on.
The show is really a hard-boiled cop show, with elements of
Batman here and there. It might remind you more of Dick
Tracy than Batman in some ways.
You'll want to make sure to watch this one, and I predict
it'll be a huge success. I thought it was a weird idea, but
watching it made me realize that it works.
Robin Lord Taylor
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