Gotham Review


Staff Writers

The enticing new show Gotham premiered September 22 of 2014 on FOX. It stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin), Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, and Cameron Bicondova as Selina Kyle (Catwoman). The creator, Bruno Heller, developed the series Gotham in hopes of  portraying the origin story of Bruce Wayne and James Gordon. Throughout this process, he introduced supporting characters from the general Batman storyline like Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, Scarecrow, and Hugo Strange. The story correlates in that the same characters from Batman like the main characters and villains are still portrayed, but, overall, the series is being taken in a different direction then the DC comics.

Throughout Season one, we see how the tragic murder of both Mr. and Mrs. Wayne brings rookie cop James Gordon and newly orphaned, Bruce Wayne together in an attempt to solve the case. Gordon comforts Bruce by promising to find the killer and bring him to justice. They work together and their bond grows stronger throughout the investigation. Through the process of the investigation, Bruce begins to portray a vigilante spirit, wanting to learn fighting skills and diminish his fears, so he can fight the corruption in the city. This illustrates the beginning of Bruce Wayne’s journey towards his Batman persona.

Bruno Heller strays away from the conventional Batman story by explicitly showcasing the villain’s stories and diving into the mystery of Bruce Wayne’s parents deaths. Heller entangles the deaths of the Wayne’s with that of the Gotham underworld which includes drug dealers, corrupt cops and government officials, and villains. His main focus for the first few episodes remain on the deaths of the Wayne’s, but as the story develops, the origin stories for villains like Penguin, Two-Face, and Scarecrow start to come into play. To many, the stories of these individual characters might be new as some have never been fully developed, but the essence of their stories remain true to their individual personas. The audience gets to see a good chunk of how these characters become involved in Bruce Wayne’s life as the mystery of his parents death slowly unfolds.

Despite showing previous characters, Batman fans are disappointed because of the inaccuracy of the storyline.

“Gotham does not accurately reflect the comic book story,” said senior, André La Commrae. “Bruce shouldn’t even be in the series.”

The show is a modern twist of the authentic story of super heroes and villains. For all the comic enthusiasts, this is definitely a show to see. After the trilogy of the Dark Knight and the new upcoming DC movies, Suicide Squad and Batman vs Superman, this series will feed your curiosity to where it all began in the renowned Gotham City.


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