I think it’s safe to say that Gotham is one of the most highly anticipated new shows premiering this fall. The Batman prequel is brought to us by The Mentalist’s Bruno Heller and is hoping to showcase some of the most admired and feared characters in the history of comic books, television and movies.
The 16-episode series is all about the infamous city before it was filled with the dangerous villains we know as The Penguin, The Riddler,and Poison Ivy, in addition to anti-heroine Catwoman. We also get to see James Gordon before he becomes police commissioner, a young Bruce Wayne long before his days of being dubbed the Dark Knight, and several other familiar faces.
Among many, I was lucky enough to screen the Gotham pilot, and it has great potential. It’s filled with action, Ben McKenzie (need I say more?), the extremely talented Robin Lord Taylor and Jada Pinkett Smith proving once again that females are badasses. Some might be concerned that a superhero series without a superhero might not fare well, but, as of right now, Gotham has enough grit to keep on churning. Trust me.
With all that said, and before its premiere on Monday, Sept. 22, let’s dissect each of these characters by looking at who’s played them, their current portrayals and what we can expect from each during the freshman season.