We’ve been curious as to what Fox had in mind for the Batman Prequel ever since it was announced earlier this year, now they’ve finally given us a glimpse to what’s in store.
And personally? This writer isn’t terribly disappointed. Granted, I’m not comic book fanatic so my knowledge of Gotham and Batman, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Penguin is limited to cheesy reruns of Adam West’s 1966 interpretation of the masked vigilante — and, of course, movies released in the last 20 years. Regardless, Fox’s latest endeavor appears to straddle that thin line between pleasing Comic Book Afficionados and appealing to general audiences. Ben McKenzie shines in the 2 minute long trailer and, assuming Gotham takes off, it will make a third solid TV series for the 35 year old actor.
There was clearly an intent to create a world reminiscent of the film noir genre from the 1940’s, and in that aspect — it’s safe to say director Danny Cannon succeeded. Bruno Heller The Mentalist, Rome) has been credited with writing the pilot, in which a young Detective Jim Gordon is introduced to the city of Gotham by his new partner, the morally corrupt Detective Harvey Bullock (played by Donal Logue). The pilot is alleged to follow Gordon as he pursues the mystery of Bruce Wayne’s parents death. This, of course, leads him down some dark alleys and reveals just how rampant violence and crime is throughout the city. The trailer also gave viewers a much anticipated introduction to a new character created specifically for Gotham, gangster Fish Mooney (played by Jada Pinkett Smith).
The trailer promises a look at most (if not all, eventually) of Batman’s greatest foes: a young Penguin (played by Robin Taylor), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Poison Ivy (Clare Foley). A good story isn’t complete without a great villain (or two) and a great villain isn’t believable unless audiences get a feel for the Who and the Why and the How of his or her development. The origin story of, at least these four, Batman Villains will come into play at some point in Gotham‘s guaranteed 13 episode run next fall.