The new trailer for the upcoming Batman TV series, Gotham, has premiered, and it is actually impressive! Despite my initial skepticism about bringing Commissioner Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne to the small screen, Gotham looks like a strong effort. As a fan of comic books and Batman, I will watch Gotham until it is cancelled regardless of how bad it gets, but that fortunately does not appear to be the case. Some of my favorite aspects of the trailer is how it is showing the classic Batman villains like the Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. In fact, just from this first look, Cory Michael Smith already looks just like the Riddler, and according to sources, he is going to be a forensic scientist at GCPD, which is an interesting twist on his origin. Catwoman is the only character that looks a little odd, but the others look great. My hope is that the series incorporates some comic book aspects into the series, rather than make it entirely realistic with just the names of the characters. My prediction is that the Joker, or an early version of the character before he is the Joker (aka Red Hood), will be revealed in the season finale. However, according to sources, the series cannot legally use the Joker, or at least that is what I have heard, which is unfortunate. Also, I hope Gordon grows a mustache at some point during the series because it is such an iconic part of the character's look. Interestingly, Ben McKenzie reprises his role of Jim Gordon from the Batman: Year One animated film, in which he voiced Gordon. My only complaint is that the series looks potentially derivative, and a little too much like a lot of other crime series. Also, the trailer does not really tell us when the series is set in terms of timeperiod. Overall, I am cautiously excited about Gotham, and I am most definitely going to watch it. Actually, Gotham looks a ton better than anything the DC movies are trying to do, which is not terribly surprising considering that DC has always been better at TV rather than cinema. What do you think of it? Please comment below and let me know.
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