The Gotham Conundrum

So the first couple of trailers for Gotham, the Fox network’s fancy pants new take on the origins of Gotham City (that place where Batman hangs out) in television form are out and my reactions are mixed at best.

The show has promise, mainly because it is Batman related and Batman has such a rich setting and characters that you really do not need him to tell great crime stories within the setting. See Gotham Central for a great Batman-less Batman comic. But where it falls down for me is in the presentation. The trailer is full of every cliché you can think of. Every single bit of corny “grim’n’gritty” dialogue is thrown into the mix as the show tries to sell itself on being a different kind of Batman story: The origin of everyone else apart from the one person who brings them all together. We see glimpses and flashes of the night the Wayne’s died and young Jim Gordon running about the city being a good cop in a bad town. It all seems like very surface level stuff. There is not much meat to it.

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