GOTHAM is the prequel series that promises to tell the story of Gotham City before Batman came on to the scene; we’re supposed to learn how things got so bad that only a man in a bat costume could save it. There’s fertile ground for lots of stories here to expand the Batman universe – but it could easily go off the rails. Sadly, the premiere episode set a direction of shrinking that world.
The series focuses of straight-arrow newbie Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his crooked veteran partner, Det. Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), and we learn about the corruption-plagued town through the eyes of Gordon and the evolution of Gotham City’s more bizarre criminal elements. Seems like a solid premise.
This trailer focuses on the villains — present and future — that young Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) will encounter on the increasingly mean streets of Gotham City in the Batman prequel series GOTHAM.
Looking at this clip suddenly made me realize a very HUGE problem facing the producers of GOTHAM: How to avoid making Gordon look like a failure and a screw-up! After all, he can hardly take down Penguin and Catwoman before Batman confronts them, so the entire series could be about how the baddies foil Gordon, the last good cop in the city.
Of course, the corruption of the GCPD could be the key to this problem: every time Gordon and partner Haevey Bullock (Donal Logue) arrests Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) or Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett-Smith) the dirty system puts them right back out on the street, thus Gordon is allowed to win many battles but lose the war.
Filming is well under way for GOTHAM, the pilot for a potential Batman sequel TV series, and here are the photos to prove it.
The images are mostly of Camren Bicondova, 14, who plays future Catwoman Selina Kyle — and she appears well on that path, with a jug of milk tucked into her jacket, sporting goggles and busting some catlike moves.
And then there’s David Mazouz (TOUCH) as the even younger Bruce Wayne — who does not appear to have acquired his morbid fascination with bats, instead preferring to wear clothes that are too big for him.
Finally, we see Donal Logue as Det. Harvey Bullock and his protégé, rookie James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) — the real lead character of the series.
The Batman prequel TV series GOTHAM, which is headed for Fox this fall, has made a flurry of casting decisions that fill in most of the key players, except for one: a 10- to 11-year-old Bruce Wayne.
Ben McKenzie (SOUTHLAND and THE O.C.) will play a young detective Jim Gordon, the future police commissioner of Gotham City. The series is expected to center on Gordon’s growth as a law-enforcement officer, and how the Gotham Police Department deals with the rise of the psychopathic villains who will eventually become Batman’s rogues gallery. But don’t hold your breath for the Joker to show up; the show is starting small — with Penguin.