Gotham: First Look

Posted by The Daily Zombies Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Return to where it all begun in Gotham, the origin story of a young rookie detective James Gordon in Gotham City is brought to the small screens courtesy of The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. Freshly picked up officially by Fox, here's the first trailer of the series giving us a glimpse of the young would-be heroes and villains of Gotham City.  



In 2001, an unsuspecting TV series by the name of Smallville featuring young Clark Kent's adventures before becoming Superman premiered to then-unprecedented viewership and little did we know that the pre-Superman adventures will go on for a full decade before Tom Weiling finally took on the iconic tights in the series finale in 2011. Interestingly, the origins of the concept for a series chronicling a young upstart superhero started not with the Man of Steel, but the Dark Knight, which made more sense when you really think about it. However, the concept of how Bruce Wayne became Batman failed to generate enough interest and Smallville took place. And now here we are with Gotham, Bruno Heller's upcoming small screen take on an earlier portion of the Batman mythos, in what appears to be something quite similar to that early concept yet in a remarkably different way.

On the surface, Gotham appeared to be the straightforward origins of a young rookie detective James Gordon, portrayed by Ben McKenzie. However, with the later unveiling of additional characters, the plot seems to be implying of something perhaps more proportionate to the title of the series. Gotham. Indeed, we understand that we will be seeing a young Selina Kyle (that's Catwoman for the badly uninformed), a young Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin), a young Edward Nygma (The Riddler), a young Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy), and perhaps most intriguing, not to mentioned inevitable, of all, an adolescent Bruce Wayne, along with a middle-aged Alfred Pennyworth, described as a "tough-as-nails ex-MI6 agent from East London".

Given the massive content of the source material, we can't really blame the writers for getting all ambitious with the project. With the series officially ordered by Fox, we can rest assured that at least thirteen episodes will be available when the series premiered in Fall. Apart from the supervillains, it is noteworthy that veteran actor Donal Logue has been cast as Harvey Bullock, which by all means points to the series to be at least a potentially cool crime procedural drama if all else fails. 

Without further ado, hit the jump to check out the first trailer of the much-anticipated series and have your first taste of Gotham.



And here are some of the character introduction posters as well as their respective official description.

Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie – Southland): James Gordon grew up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs and romanticized the city — where his late father once served as a successful district attorney — as a glamorous and exciting metropolis.Gotham will follow the young detective’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City Police Department as he navigates the multiple layers of corruption that secretly rule Gotham City (the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains) and will also focus on the unlikely friendship that he forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune.



Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee – Elementary, Camelot): A tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London, Alfred has loyally served the Waynes. Now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he’s fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz – Touch).


Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor – The Walking Dead, Another Earth, Accepted): Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin has the brains of a chess grandmaster and the morals of a jackal. A low-level psychopath for gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith – The Matrix trilogy, HawthorRNe, Collateral), he hides his sadistic lust for power behind an exquisitely polite demeanor.


Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova): Selina is a teenage orphan who is suspicious and wholly unpredictable. A street thief and skilled pickpocket, she’s dangerous when cornered.


Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue – Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Copper): Jim Gordon’s partner and mentor, the rough-around-the-edges Detective Harvey Bullock plays loose with police procedure, but gets results — and he does so with old-school, hard-ass panache.



The official logo of the series.





Here’s the official synopsis for the series:

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

“Gotham” is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, Open Grave, “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.

As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, “HawthoRNe,” Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” Another Earth).



Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.

Gotham is set to premiere in Fall 2014.



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