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.
- 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.
- 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.