So it’s 2014 and there’s a Gotham TV show, alright we’ve made it people, comic book fans/lovers all around rejoice…. but wait, the show is divisive? It’s ratings are up and down? No Batman?! Okay the show was never about Batman but the city he eventually comes into to save, that premise sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it?
Well yes it does, the show on the other hand… I am a fan of, but I agree has had its’ ups and downs, as any ambitious show will do in the first season mind you, I’ll admit that I was sceptical about how the show would even work as a weekly thing with main characters including a pre-teen Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, no supervillains, plus Harvey Bullock and Gordon dealing with generic villains week by week, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
The over-arching and ongoing gang war in Gotham, plus the development of Arkham asylum the ongoing mystery over the Wayne murders and other insights into pre Batman Gotham have all been pretty interesting to watch, for me at least, though watching the obvious references to now somewhat normal characters future supervillain status does get a bit strained, it’s cool to just see these characters on the small screen and see how they function now.
I suppose a defence of the references could be to argue that said future supervillains must have had some sort of latent psycho-pathery in them, to become a dude that likes to plague his villains with riddles as he tortures them, or a guy with split personalities based on two sides of his face… ok as awesome as Batmans villain gallery is, some are slightly ridiculous and over the top. Which of course makes a great juxtaposition to Batmans’ level headed, calm and methodical approach, but enough about Batman, Gotham is doing a good enough job at balancing a procedural crime and cop drama with serialised elements so far, the acting has been solid throughout in my opinion, though Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney has hammed it up slightly earlier on, she’s back to being good now.
I’m genuinely interested in the show and it’s kept me watching so far with no intention of stopping, Sean Pertwee as a more outspoken, brash Alfred is a breath of fresh air and Robin Lord Taylor is killing it as an up and coming Penguin, so, so far so good as far I’m concerned, the show should just avoid rushing in all future Batman villains and keep the references on the low, we all know what they become so we don’t reminding.
That being said, the nods are nice touches for people that are fans of the show that maybe don’t know who these characters become or aren’t familiar with Batman lore/history, so fair enough.