Gotham: Final Preview

Posted by The Daily Zombies Sunday, September 21, 2014

Come tomorrow night, we will be returning to where it all begun in Fox's Gotham, the origin story of a young rookie detective James Gordon in Gotham City courtesy of The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. The Daily Zombies takes a final look at the much-anticipated TV series ahead of its premiere on 22nd September 2014. 

With superheroes mythos hitting on all cylinders on both big and small screens of late, we can't help but recalled how Smallville opened up the markets of comic book adaptation despite the fact that the ten-season CW TV series lost its momentum trying to live up to its promise of depicting the adventures of Clark Kent before he truly get in the classic spandex and become Superman. Come tomorrow, a comic book live-action adaptation with remarkably similar concept will be premiering on Fox, and we are cautiously reserved about its prospects.

We have covered Fox's Gotham earlier on this year, and was relatively enticed by the mood and visual of the TV series though we are still on the fence over its necessity. Being major Batman fans here, we have absolutely zero issues with yet another mainstream depiction of the Dark Knight and one that attempts to start right at the beginning with the platform to slowly unravel the legendary elements of the Batman mythos is certainly welcome. And as a personal indulgence, I for one have to confess that I have been (slowly but surely) following showrunner Bruno Heller's The Mentalist despite its formulaic (and more often than not somewhat lazy) story-telling methods. With the incredibly rich mythos of easily one of the most iconic characters of the world, we are concerned over how Gotham can be tempted to go full-blown melodrama while fulfilling its obligatory fan-pleasing tasks of throwing as many characters as possible into it, an issue with the later seasons of Smallville. For example, the idea of Superman actually getting to take on Darkseid and his hordes from Apokolips before he even actually became Superman is absolutely ludicrous.

Which is why the news of an episodic tease of a character that might be the future Joker does not sit well with us. And since we are on the negative point here, we don't quite like the changing of Poison Ivy's name from Pamela Isley to Ivy Pepper for obvious reasons.

With that said, a weekly visit to Gotham is something we would want to sign up on any time of the year. And thus far, the series' cast and marketing campaign has been pretty encouraging. So without further ado, let's check out these cool trailers, TV spots, clips, featurettes, posters, images as we await the return of a live-action Dark Knight on the small screens tomorrow.

Kicking off, here's a Behind-the-scene featurette.

A snap TV spot highlighting the villains.

In particular, Fish Mooney, a new character created for the series and portrayed by Jada Pinkett, is the focus of the following featurette.

"You can't have organized crime without law and order."The lines between good and evil in Gotham City is explored in the following TV spot.

And here are a selected couple of clips featuring key scenes from the pilot episode. 

First up, a look at Oswald Cobblepot's early criminal days with his boss, the aforementioned Fish Mooney.

Get a taste of the tension between Gordon and Bullock in the following clip.

An important scene in the history of the Dark Knight as depicted in the series in the following clip.

Here are the posters for the series, starting with the cool character portrait poster series. 

The villains.

The official set images for 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 fiancĂ©e, 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 will be premiering on Fox tomorrow, 22nd September 2014. 


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