Gotham is an interesting entry into the Batman canon since it actually doesn’t feature Batman. Like Smallville before it, Gotham will be a show about how a hero is formed.
Interesting enough, the show doesn’t fully focus on Bruce Wayne either, but more so on Commissioner Jim Gordon (Ben MacKenzie of The OC fame).
Set up as a facet for origin stories for Batman’s gallery of villains, the show throws in sneak peeks at a young Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin), Ivy Pepper (Poison Ivy), Edward Nygma (Riddler) and Selina Kyle (Catwoman) all in the first episode.
Putting so many villainous eggs in one basket so early is the only issue I have with the premiere.
Obviously the creators are trying to grab the audience’s attention right away and the episode is a fun introduction into the seedy world Bob Kane created so many years ago, but in order for it to sustain its promise it needs to spread its villains and plot lines out a bit more to give them room to breathe and fully realize.
I’m curious to see what other sly ways the show will slip more villains in.
Same bat time. Same bat channel.
Gotham airs on FOX and CTV on Mondays at 8 p.m.
-Chris Upshaw, guest blogger