Fox’s Gotham is the story of a pre-Batman era in the city, and Jim Gordon’s rise to power. In the first season we were introduced to several characters that we know will go on to become members of the most famous rogue’s gallery in pop culture.
Gotham is doing a lot of things right.
The oft-criticized FOX show that looks at a Gotham before Batman has been making strides in recent weeks. The writing has picked up, the villains are better, and they are making Harvey Bullock into an actual person rather than just the walking personification of a bad cop. Bullock made real strides in Penguin’s Umbrella, the seventh episode of the first season. During said episode, in a scene that felt ripped right from High Noon, our hero is totally deserted by his brothers-in-blue and left to stave off assassination from Falcone’s number one hitter – Victor Zsasz.
I said it before and I’ll say it again – this show is getting better.
Gotham‘s sixth episode finally gave us a little characterization to Harvey Bullock that wasn’t so one-dimensional. It supplied us with a solid, if not totally Gotham-esqe villain, and we got just enough of the Wayne stuff to not feel forced. Once again, and by a larger margin this time, best episode yet.
Gotham is getting better – the show at least, not so much the city.
As the weeks pass and Gotham improves, we see characters start to fall into their places a bit more evenly. After the fifth episode – titled Viper – we saw Edward Nigma actually appear to serve a purpose at the precinct. Sal Maroni shed his jolly gangster look for a more sinister persona. This one more resembling the head of a crime family, though oblivious to threat Cobblepot poses him. And Bruce Wayne, whom I’d been calling for less of, showed glimpses of the drive that will someday steer him into the cape and cowl. The drug story also sets up a later appearance from another major villain, as Viper is the precursor to Bane’s Venom. Overall, the Viper episode was the best we’ve seen thus far, edging out the prior week’s Arkham for that title.
Coming off the announcement that FOX has extended Gotham to a full 22-episode order, we seem to be gaining some focus. After a bit of a jumbled pilot, and a couple weeks of worth of oddball villains, Gotham‘s forth episode dove further into impending gang war.
So, we’re three episodes in and thus far – I was hoping for more.
Gotham follows Jim Gordon as he enters the GCPD, and he does so just in time to have a certain famous double-homicide fall into his lap. That event, the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, will act as the catalyst for the entire show as we see the city, which was already in trouble, tumble over the edge. This concept excited me, still excites me. The decline of a city to such levels of corruption and violence, that the presence of a masked vigilante becomes not only necessary, but an accepted progression? Jim Gordon as the tragic hero who fights tirelessly for the city that crumbles around him? That sounds excellent. And with that in mind, I had hoped for a show about Gotham City that revolved around a young Jim Gordon, and on occasion featured some familiar characters. However, what we’ve seen so far is a show about the origin of Batman, that takes place in Gotham City and uses Jim Gordon as a means to introduce countless familiar characters. Now that might not sound like a huge difference to you, but to me, it’s enormous.
Over the years DC have been pretty successful with TV shows based on its flagship characters. Superman has enjoyed numerous incarnations such as Lois and Clark as well as CW’s Smallville. CW also has Arrow, based on the adventures of the titular Green Arrow. Batman has had a few himself, mainly animated, including the bloody amazing Batman: The Animated Series. Now Fox are planning to revisit Gotham City with a series, currently titled Gotham, following the early years of Gotham Central’s finest, James Gordon. Gotham will be headed up by The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller who has signed on for a series commitment.
Before we start with anything else I must say that this was my first encounter with artist Dave Taylor which surprised me as I’m a big 2000AD and Batman fan and this is what he is famous for. This may explain my embarrassing guessing over his art later on in the article!
Speculation about whether or not Robin will appear in The Dark Knight Rises has been going on for a long time now. Nolan has made it clear that there is no place for Robin in his Bat-world, which you think would end it all right there. But not us fanboys, no sir. We have to keep looking, keep hoping, keep pining for that little bit extra out of a film. Let’s take a look at some of the other Robin/Nightwing rumors that have shown up over the course of the film’s production.
With all the news lately regarding different comic book adaptations heading to TV, I couldn’t help but notice a lack of ‘superhero’ content in the shows. Which is fine, some of the stories like 100 Bullets and of course the smash hit The Walking Dead are great without featuring powers, costumes, any of that.
But that’s not what I’m listing today. I understand the problems with bringing brightly colored costumes and powers every week to the general public, which is made clearer by the numerous attempted hero pilots and TV shows, some of the worst ones we listed here. But there are some heroes out there that I think are perfect for TV.
Here’s the Top Ten Superheroes Suited For The Small Screen: