Gotham prequel series looks promising
Ron Seifried | On 19, Jun 2014
DC Comics may be coming late to Hollywood’s comic-book era, but judging by a few sneak peeks, TV looks to get more interesting in the months ahead. In recent years, Arrow has developed a strong enough following to garner a spinoff for The Flash that will debut this fall on The CW. Now comes Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham that will introduce a young detective Jim Gordon and several well known villains including Penguin, Catwoman and newcomer Fish Mooney, a gangster who runs the criminal underworld all of whom have been revealed in the latest Villains trailer.
The young cast has all the making of Smallville in a darker urban neighborhood, with two 15-year old nemesis of the Dark Knight: Camren Bicondova as Catwoman and Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin. Jada Pinkett Smith is the best known actor of the series, who will play the original character Fish Mooney.
Developed by Bruno Heller, best known as the creator of HBO’s Rome and CBS’s The Mentalist, the 16 episode series will center as an origin story focused on Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) early days on the Gotham City Police force and serve as an introduction to several of Batman’s future enemies including the Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, Two-Face, Joker, Poison Ivy and Scarecrow.
Bruce Wayne is a boy dealing with the recent death of his parents, but Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) is around as a tough ex-Marine protecting the young Wayne. The gritty series has been compared to the dark reality-centric themes of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series and not as colorful as the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher films and definitely nowhere near the campy 60’s series.
Described as an “operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality,” the series will be separate from anything in the DC Comics cinematic universe. Fox gave an advanced screening of Episode 1 for critics and journalists, some of whom tweeted the pilot is an hour away from a good Batman film. Judging by the first two trailers, this looks to be an action packed compelling series that may bring viewers back every week.