Review – Gotham: “Pilot”

I have been looking forward to Gotham since I first heard about it months ago. I am a fan of the whole superhero movement that is going on lately and since Batman is my favorite hero, I was ecstatic when I found out there was going to be a new show in his world. I was not disappointed by the Pilot episode of the show and am looking forward to how the younger version of Batman, his foes, and the focus of the show, James Gordon, develop over the season.

Gotham is definitely a darker take on the city, which I appreciated. I absolutely adored Nolan’s take on the Batman universe so I am happy with the look and feel of the city that this series seems to be taking. James Gordon is the main focus of the crime centered drama, but many of Batman’s later foes were introduced in their younger form in this pilot episode. It was interesting to see the different situations that these future villains are in that make them so evil later on, especially for those who may not be familiar with the back stories of some of the characters. I enjoyed Ben McKenzie as Gordon, as he does a good job of bringing forth the stoic appearance that fans of the series know about the character. The other actors do a good job as well and I particularly liked the addition of Jada Pinkett-Smith’s character that was created specifically for the show, Fish Mooney, and Robin Lord Taylor’s take on the Penguin.

I am beyond excited to see how this series plays out as things get farther along. The first episode did seem to throw in most of Batman’s most well-known foes in one fell swoop, so it will be interesting to see if they are shown again in later points throughout the series or not. I am also glad they introduced Bruce Wayne and took on his parents’ deaths early in the show to turn that into the main focal point thus far as far as the biggest crimes in the city are concerned. I am definitely tuning in next week and suggest you do as well!

-Megan Highwind has left the party.

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