Gotham is not Smallville

Selina Kyle (Catwoman)

Selina Kyle (Catwoman)

When I sat down with my son, the Geek Spawn, to watch Gotham, we got something totally unexpected…

This show is no Smallville. When my wife I and started watching Smallville, we got the show we thought we’d get. The slightly skewed, but still entertaining origin story of Superman. This has not been the case so far with Gotham. It is not as much the origin story of Batman as it is Law & Order: Gotham City.

In the first few episodes of Gotham, we have seen very little of Bruce Wayne. Sure, he’s there off and on, but this series is really about the future Commissioner Gordon and his years in the Gotham City Police Department. The pilot episode opens with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce’s parents. After Bruce is escorted home by Alfred, the butler, the attention shifts to Detective James Gordon who investigates the crime.

As Gordon gets deeper into his investigation, he comes into contact with some interesting characters throughout the city… Selina Kyle (Catwoman) is a young girl living on the street who happens to witness the Wayne murders. Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin) is found working for Fish Mooney, a female mob leader. Ivy Pepper (Poison Ivy) is the very young daughter of the man thought to be the Waynes’ killer. Edward Nygma (The Riddler) is a forensics specialist working for the police. Harvey Dent (Two Face), the assistant District Attorney, will be met soon. A “Cardinal Quinn” got killed off, who could possibly be a relation to Harley Quinn in later episodes. No sign of the Joker yet, but he will appear… oh yes, he will appear!

Other familiar names are starting to pop up also. Carmine Falcone, Harvey Bullock, Arkham Asylum. All recognized as being part of Batman’s world. Robin can be excused as he shouldn’t be born yet! As we get deeper into the series, we will no doubt see all of the supporting characters becoming the heroes and villains we love so much.

The pilot did not really suck me in. As I have said before, I’m a huge Batman fan. I really wanted to see more Bruce Wayne. The second and third episodes are working better at creating interesting running storylines. They have also had their own individual plots too, which I like. Overall, the show is dark and gritty, emphasizing the seedy underbelly of Gotham. Very much the opposite of the 60’s Batman series, but similar to the short-lived Batman-world series, Birds of Prey.

This series is going for more of a modern police drama than a superhero show. There is very little humor, it’s violent, deals with adult issues, contains a lesbian relationship, uses some strong language, and is not a good show for young children to watch. Let the smaller Batman fans stick to the cartoons.

Gotham is on Monday nights at 8/7c on Fox.

Have YOU seen Gotham yet? What do you think? Let us know!

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4 thoughts on “Gotham is not Smallville

  1. At first, I was hoping some of the younger “Bat-family” members might be in it: Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, but since Bruce Wayne is a kid (and I don’t think James Gordon is married yet) I don’t see that happening soon, so I decided to pass on it. I may check it out later, but I’m planning to go with The Flash instead (DVRing the episodes, just need to find time to watch with my brother)! Thanks for the review though! It kind of confirmed my suspicions …

    I stumbled upon the “Birds of Prey” DVD through my favorite used book/media store. I haven’t watched it yet though … =)

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    • I haven’t seen the Flash yet. I need to check that one out pretty soon! It’s true, non of the younger Batman heroes are born yet as Bruce is only about 12ish. And Gordon is engaged to Barbara, but not yet married. Don’t expect too much Batman-ness in Birds of Prey. I found it to be lacking. But, it’s been a while…

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        • Ah yes, “school.” I did that once. It has Harley Quinn too. A version of her anyway. I’ll get around to the Flash soon too… ’cause, work. 🙂

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