Gotham premiered on FOX last night. It was probably the most highly anticipated new series in the geek community. It had been getting largely positive reviews from critics as well. And admittedly, I was really looking forward to it myself. Getting to see a different side of the Batman mythos was an intriguing concept.
Now that the pilot has aired, there’s a lot to discuss.
The acting was excellent. Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock were particularly good. One of the most interesting things about the series was the idea of watching Cobblepot’s rise to becoming The Penguin, and those wheels were set into motion already. Seeing Bruce Wayne slowly become The Dark Knight is also a fun aspect. The writing was fairly crisp and moved the story along nicely. They director/producers did a great job of using the city that the series is named after as a backdrop.
I get it. This is a Batman story. The writers don’t have to be so ham-fisted and clumsy with the references. It’s only the first episode and we’ve seen 6 major villains (if you’re counting Ivy Pepper as Poison Ivy, even though that’s not her actual name). Unless you’re only anticipating this series lasting one season, let’s let the comic tie-ins be a bit more spaced out. And does Selina Kyle have to crawl around on all fours every shot? We know she’s going to grow up to be Catwoman one day. We don’t need to be spoon fed that revelation.
Obviously we’re only one episode in, so it’s practically impossible to tell where the story is going to go and there’s plenty of time to get things right and wrong. So let’s buckle up and get ready for what should be a fun ride, Caped Crusader fans.