The Watch List: Gotham

By Sara Da Silva


Before Gotham aired I had been hearing a lot of worrisome comments out of fear that it wouldn’t do justice to the origin story. But turns out they had nothing to worry about. Gotham, airing Mondays on FOX, absolutely killed it, in the good sense. It even received praise from critics, and you know how stingy some of them can be.

Even if you’re not familiar with the Batman story line, this show can be easily followed and thoroughly enjoyed by anyone. In essence, Bruce Wayne, who’s parents were brutally murdered when he was a child, grows up to be the one and only Caped Crusader: Batman.

Whilst the show could have potentially been a bit dull if it only focused on the Batman origin story, the writers thought it best to take it to an entirely new level and incorporate the origin stories of some truly beloved DC characters.

In terms of the Batman origin story, in the first episode we were introduced to James Gordon (Ben McKenze), a detective in the Gotham City Police Department placed on the Wayne murder case, Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), Gordon’s corrupt partner, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) AKA pre-teen Batman, and Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee), everyone’s favourite butler.

But, like I was saying, the writers decided to bring in a number of familiar faces.

Selina “Cat” Kyle (Camren Bicondova), the future Catwoman, Dr. Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), AKA the Riddler, Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who’s name pretty much gives it away, Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto), and Ivy Pepper (Clare Foley), who is somewhat, but not exactly, based on the DC character Poison Ivy.

The writers’ also plan on bringing in some other beloved characters but you’ll just have to watch the show to find out who’s bringing a little bit more trouble to Gotham.

Whilst the cast and portrayal of the characters is by itself valid reason enough to watch the show, if the movie-esque visuals don’t sway you then I fear nothing will. Believe me when I say that watching Gotham is exactly like watching a 45-minute film; it’s fast paced, the visuals are breathtaking, the acting is literally perfect and the plot just keeps getting better. It’s everything you want to see in a DC origin story.

Like I said earlier, this show is brilliant for any level of DC fan. But, if you are a massive freak for everything DC, like me, then this is definitely a must watch this fall.

Don’t think, just watch.


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