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Published September 28, 2014

Just when you thought pop culture couldn’t possibly sustain any more Batman, here’s Gotham to really saturate the pop culture world! It’s no big secret that I’m not a huge Batman fan – the other members of the Batfamily (especially Batgirl/Oracle and the Birds of Prey) are infinitely more interesting.

Gotham begins just before Bruce Wayne’s parents are shot, before Batman is Batman but definitely not before Gotham is a crime-infested, corrupt city. Alternately described as “Gotham before cool stuff started happening” and “shoving as many villains-before-they’re-villains into a show”, it’s surprisingly not-terrible! Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of Gotham, and whether it’s worth watching.

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PROS:

  • Lots of cool little cameos from future villains, including Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin), Edward Nygma (Riddler) and Ivy Pepper (Poison Ivy).
  • There are two same-sex attracted women in the pilot! It seems pretty unlikely they’ll get together, but hey, at least they’re in there, right?
  • Current mobster Fish Mooney is Jada Pinkett-Smith and is FAB.
  • Excellent production values. It’s much less dark than the movies while still holding onto a cool, moody aesthetic.

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CONS:

  • There seems to be an annoying trend of having white guys helm otherwise fairly diverse shows. I don’t hate Benjamin McKenzie, but at this point, Jim Gordon basically a sketch of a character – idealistic cop who ends up making the right choices, mostly.
  • Whenever I hear someone say “James Gordon” I think “Joseph Gordon-Levitt”.
  • The cool thing about superhero shows is the superheroes. None of them are superheroes (or supervillains at this point), so is this really a superhero show? Ehhhh…
  • It has vague notes of a crime show (police and all), but not enough to actually be a crime show.

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