OK BOF'ers, watch the trailer first and then scroll down for my "review"...
While I rarely review a trailer for a film or an upcoming TV series – I think it’s pretty much a pointless endeavor to be perfectly honest. I find it rather unfair to judge a project – positive or negative – based on a minute or three-ish of images, dialogue, and music.
You know what I mean? BUT…
Since this is a Batman-based project – and only the second one attempted since the 1960s series – I thought it would be OK to respond to all the BOF’ers emails and Tweets asking what I thought of it. Here goes…
* It looks like it’s going to be “darker” than I imagined it would be for some reason. Very atmospheric – a good mixture of the “real world” and the Gotham we see monthly in the comic books.
* Wow, the Wayne murders shown in this trailer was the most violent I’ve ever seen depicted in live-action.
* I’m already totally on board with Donal Logue as Bullock. That was some great casting!
* I like Ben McKenzie as Gordon even more now. Since he’ll be the series’ main character, I’m looking forward to seeing him become the “Jim Gordon” we all know and love. And I’ve got to say, it’s going to be hard to top Neil Hamilton.
* I like the kid they chose to play the young Master Wayne. However, I wonder how long he’ll be a GOTHAM cast member? It wouldn’t surprise me if the timeline jumps forward several years between one season to the next and two or three actors end up portraying the future Dark Knight.
* I’m not sure what I think about Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Fish Mooney.” My first impression is…why is she wearing some very 80ish-looking costume?
* Are they shoving too many pre-Batman villains villains (You know what I mean, right?) into viewers faces too soon? A young pre-Poison Ivy Pamela Isley? Anyone else with me on this?
* I think I’m going to dig this version of The Penguin. And going forward, no black goo, please!
* They were definitely going for a “young Michelle Pfeiffer” when they cast this young lady as Selina Kyle. I’m not too keen on the 1980s/Madonna look they’re seemingly going for here.
That’s about it folks – really, how much “analysis” can one get from a two minute trailer? With all that said, I am pleasantly surprised at what I saw and it gives me hope. Look, a Batman TV series without Batman is a tough sale when it comes to attracting a mainstream audience. As a result, I know that the show runners/producers might be tempted to dip into the well of Batman villains. If that’s the case, let me remind them that many – if not all – of Batman’s classic rogues are a RESPONSE to Batman and NOT the other way around – especially The Joker.
The Joker should NEVER have an origin or backstory. Never. Ever. Period.
So, let’s all keep our fingers crossed for and our minds open to GOTHAM!
And who’s with me in hoping that we get a pre-Batman villain look at Paul Decker? - Bill "Jett" Ramey
GOTHAM hits FOX's airways FALL 2014. CLICK HERE for all of BOF's coverage of GOTHAM.
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”).
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.
Gotham is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).