The day is finally here with the series premiere of Gotham, which is a backstory of how Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, and the rogues gallery will become their iconic comic book selves. This is an answer to Smallville, where it was a backstory to the Superman mythos. Upon watching it, it’s like watching a Batman movie without Batman and not a mere TV series.
The pilot starts off with Selina Kyle prowling through the roofs and streets of Gotham City as she steals someone’s milk and another person’s wallet. Then we see the origin of Bruce Wayne’s parents being killed, yet they did it with a twist where Selina witnesses the whole thing. It’s an instant connection between Bruce and Selina, yet they never interacted.
We are introduced to a young detective named James Gordon, who is covering Bruce Wayne’s case involving the killer of his parents and it’s the thing that drives the whole series. He is partnered with a crooked cop named Harvey Bullock and I enjoyed the good cop/ bad cop dynamic between them. Gordon is the series lead and we see the city of Gotham through his eyes instead of Bruce Wayne’s.
The pilot introduces younger versions of the villains such as Oswald Cobblepot, Pamela Ivy, and Edward Nygma as well as Carmine Falcone and the made-for-tv character named Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett Smith. Fish is like the show’s equivalent to Lionel Luthor and she takes her enemies down with her metal bat as she comes across as ruthless yet insecure. They’ve established the friendship between Bullock and Mooney. There is also James Gordon’s fiance, Barbara, and Renee Montoya as there’s hint of a past lesbian relationship between them.
The pilot is a great solid visual tour de force of the city and Fox may have a hit in their hands. This is Batman’s return to live-action to television since the Adam West TV series. Great start to the series as well as great acting from the actors involved. Like I said before, it’s not a mere TV series. It’s a Batman movie without Batman.