When I first heard this show was going to air, I was cautiously optimistic. I mean, as much as I love comics and DC, I never really got into other superhero/comic book-based shows, like Smallville or Arrow (although I’ll probably give The Flash and Constantine a shot). But I’ve been a Batman fan since I was 10 years old, and I had to see if this was going to be as cool as it sounded (since Birds of Prey, I’ve had serious doubts that there’d ever be a good Batverse TV series)
Gotham turned out to be so much more than I expected, and I’m definitely pleasantly surprised. First, I love the focus on Jim Gordon as a detective new to Gotham City. He’s got this incredible sense of justice that’s at odds with just about everything and everyone in Gotham, including the rest of the police department and the city’s politicians. The way he and Bullock bump heads over everything is extremely fun to watch, especially since we know how things eventually end up between them (in the comics, Bullock doesn’t always agree with Gordon’s methods and vice versa, and generally doesn’t approve of his partnership with the Batman, but he has mad respect for him and would follow him straight to hell. He has, actually. More than once.) I like it that Gordon is refusing to play by Gotham’s rules, but that he’s smart about it. And I love that he has already established a sort of relationship with the young Bruce Wayne.
Speaking of which, the kid actors in this are awesome. Bruce is exactly how you’d expect him to be at 12 (or is he 13? I forget.); serious, determined, obsessive, but still a kid. He’s fantastic. And Selina Kyle (the future Catwoman) is really kick-ass. She’s a wise ass little pickpocket, street smart, but at the mercy of corrupt officials. She teams up with Gordon to help him find Bruce’s parents’ killer (since she witnessed the crime), in exchange for dodging a stint in a juvenile detention center (which is where Gotham sends homeless kids for being, well, homeless). She’s not a great partner, much to Gordon’s frustration.
Fish Mooney is a classic villainous crime boss, and I love every scene she’s in. She’s incredibly evil. And Oswald Cobblepot (the Penguin…but don’t call him that yet…he’ll gut you) is this pale, sniveling, weaselly little thug, but he’s a lot more conniving than anyone thinks.
Oh, and Alfred! Can’t forget Alfred…he is such a bad ass. As Bruce’s only remaining family, he’s way more than just a butler (as usual), and while he sometimes seems hard on Bruce, you can see it’s because of the very real fear he has of losing Bruce to the same darkness that took Bruce’s parents, one way or the other. Pretty astute, if you ask me…
I read that a potential “Joker” will be introduced every so often, to keep everybody guessing as to who will come to be Batman’s ultimate nemesis in the future. I can’t freakin’ wait.
This show is my current obsession. I watch last week’s episode in between new episodes. I rarely do that with any show. I hope it just continues to get better, because so far, I’m totally hooked.