Gotham has shown some of its true face, but will it improve Fox’s woeful record of launching ambitious dramas? In recent years, Almost Human, Terra Nova, and Alcatraz have failed to earn second seasons. However, Fox’s Bat-prequel is generating much enthusiasm from the media. Potential viewers should step back and wonder will the show be worth the hype.
A trailer emerged giving a glimpse of a Gotham City before Bruce Wayne puts on the Batsuit. As shown, James Gordon is the protagonist and we’ll see many, many familiar faces, possibly as not-so-super villains. The death of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne will be the catalyst of James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) fight against crime.
I’m looking forward to Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney, one of the major villains of the series. The Whovian in me wants to see Sean Pertwee’s Alfred.
Showrunner Bruno Heller is highly confident about the show while speaking to Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd. Heller isn’t going for theatrics with people in tights, he wants a brilliantly realized world. He went so far as asserting that Gotham will visually surpass the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and that the actor playing young Bruce Wayne (Brian Mazouz) is the best to have played Batman’s alter ego.
Gotham is one of the most anticipated TV shows for the 2014-15 season. It will readily challenge The Flash, Constantine, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for top TV comic-book adaptation. The Batman imprateur was formed and refined beyond the comics. Gotham City falling into a cesspool of criminality made for compelling fodder in other media, but will Gotham keep viewers interested through a full TV season?