Opinions no one asked for! Hey, give me a break — it’s Friday night and I have nothing else to do because no one loves me. *single tear*
I decided I would take a break from talking about anything fall or Halloween-centric and that’s why, even though we’re only two episodes in, I’m going to give my thoughts on the Gotham TV show…
Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Two-Face, Joker, Ra’s al Ghul, etc. are great but I hope this show makes use of some of Batman’s other lesser known but just as interesting villains. If this show is going to have legs and remain interesting, they can’t only focus on the major baddies that everyone already knows.
I’m not sure how fantastic the show is going to get. Right now, it seems like a fairly down-to-earth crime drama. Most of Batman’s villains aren’t super powered but some are and some make use of a lot of high-tech gadgets or were victims of science experiments gone wrong. It would be interesting to see how (and if) this show deals with the likes of Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, Mister Freeze, Bane, Poison Ivy (we’ve seen her as a kid, but I specifically mean whether she controls plants or not), Man-Bat, Scarecrow and Clayface.
From what’s been reported, Mister Zsasz will be making an appearance this season. Which is good, but I also hope the show will explore the origins of other second- and third-tier villains like Deadshot, Firefly, Anarky, Hugo Strange, Calendar Man, Doctor Phosphorous, the Clock King, Killer Moth and the Mad Monk. Okay, the last four are long-shots.
Due to their occupations as doctors and scientists, I think it would be easy insert Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow), Victor Fries (Mister Freeze) and Kirk Langstrom (Man-Bat) into the show as allies of the GCPD and Jim Gordon at first, and then slowly work up to them becoming the villains we know them as.
Hush and Black Mask also seem like easy money, too. Putting Tommy Elliot (Hush) in the show would make the character a bit more legit since he was introduced out of nowhere in 2003 and shoehorned in as Bruce Wayne’s best friend from childhood. Black Mask, on the other hand, could be seen as just another young mobster working his way up through Gotham’s organized crime rings.
The Age Gap
So far, it seems like out of all the characters introduced that Edward Nygma (the Riddler) is the only one that seems out of sync with what his age should be. In this show, he looks to be around 30 while Bruce Wayne is 13 or whatever. I don’t think there should be that big of an age difference between the Riddler and Batman. Hopefully the show won’t introduce too many villains that are this off-base age-wise.
Batman villains or Jim Gordon villains?
Seems like Jim Gordon is going to be coming across all of these Bat-villains before Bruce Wayne does. It just seems weird. I understand they want to show the origins of these characters but it takes away their oomph as big time Bat-villains if the GCPD has known of them and has been fighting them for years already. In the comics, these villains didn’t turn up until after Batman did (and some would argue they turned up because of Batman).
Of course, maybe there’s no intention of ever giving us Batman, so maybe the show’s producers don’t really care in what order things happen. Which brings me to…
Do we ever see Batman? And when?
I know this is an origin show. It’s not about Batman. It’s about all of the key players in the Batman universe. That said, how can you have a show based on Gotham City and never give us Batman in action? So, how would they do it since the actor playing Bruce Wayne is so young? The show would have to be on for many, many seasons to get to that point in real-time. Or they could always skip ahead a few years in the timeline and cast someone new as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Then again, while I don’t think it’s been stated outright, maybe there really are no plans to ever show Batman, which might actually work better and keep things from getting confusing since DC is debuting Batfleck in a few years.
It’s called ‘Gotham’. Show us Gotham City!
The city of Gotham really needs to feel like its a character itself. So far, I’m not getting that. Watching this show, I feel like it could be set in Chicago, it could be set in New York City or it could be set in Detroit. It has no identity. It’s just a big city. I think the Christopher Nolan trilogy of Bat-movies failed to give Gotham City the proper atmosphere and the show is repeating that same mistake. I realize they are working with a budget but the producers really need to take a look at the Tim Burton movies, Batman: Arkham video games and FOX’s own Batman: The Animated Series for inspiration and ideas.
Two episodes in and I can’t say the show is wowing me. Right now, it’s a hokey crime drama that features characters we know from comic books. There’s nothing particularly exciting going on and if it wasn’t for the fact that this is set in the Batman universe, I probably wouldn’t be watching. For what it is, it’s fine. I’m not totally sold on it yet but I’m not ready to jump ship either. I felt the second episode was an improvement over the pilot, but that is almost always the case with a new show. I’m in… for now.