Gotham-TV-Show-Fox-LogoThe dawn of Gotham is here.

The premiere of Gotham happened on Monday night to the happy cry of Batman fans everywhere and it was a pretty great showing. While many might wonder how a show about Batman could work without… well, Batman, Gotham City has been a character in and of itself for a long time in modern comics. And the premiere did a great job showing off the main character.

The first episode showed off a lot of characters from Jim Gordon, famous police commissioner (though just a detective in the show for now), to Carmine Falcone, mob boss of Gotham. It might seem like overload to get a glimpse at Harvey Bullock, Oswald Cobblepot, Edward Nigma, Renee Montoya, Selina Kyle and the famous Wayne family all in the first episode. Compared to some other superhero shows (coughArrowcough) that’s more official characters we’ve seen in two whole seasons. And thank Batman for that.

It’s about time we’ve gotten a comic book show that’s not ashamed to be adapted from a comic book. The story is about life in Gotham and there are characters with very interesting stories still in Gotham that exist other than Bruce Wayne. The people that make up a large part of Gotham’s story later, like Riddler, Penguin, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, have stories that begin before their evil origins. Why not make them apart of the narrative?

Speaking of, I’m digging the jump into Gotham. We follow Jim Gordon into the heart of Gotham and see the beginning of his story but it’s clear this is not the beginning. Gotham has been operating a long time. It has a past as diverse as the characters in the show. Which is what’s so fantastic about Gotham City in the first place. This is a city where mob bosses rise and fall in a city built by wealthy founding families. Martha Kane fans know what I’m talking about.

I’m excited for this show because it doesn’t look like just another cop show. I’m optimistic for Gotham. Which, in retrospect, is probably not a very good thing to be since Gotham city never gives you what you’re expecting. Let’s hope it’s at least a good watch.

Overall Score
70 %

Gotham premiered Monday with an array of characters. It delivers on comic book feel and Batman charm while inviting us into a city that's anything but what it seems.

Story 65%
Setting 80%
Pacing 70%

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I'm a recent Grand Valley State graduate with a BA in writing. Unwinding with a good cup of tea and a rain storm is my ideal writing setting but my real process is something a little more hectic. Growing up in a world of Sailor Moon and Disney, I’m a big dreamer and optimist. A fan of Batman since my early years, I’ve been involved in the comic community for almost half my life.

I was a DC girl for most of that time but have started venturing out into Marvel and Image and now look for anything I can find. I may be a stranger to giving an opinion and writing reviews but not to sharing my passion to anyone that will listen. On the off time I’m not writing reviews or working in customer service, I don the capes of my favorite female heroes and travel to conventions like NYCC and C2E2. In addition to cosplaying, I also take commissions for plush dolls and love finding new ways to express my interests. Feel free to look me up on tumblr or twitter as I spend too much time on social media, devouring new information on comics and movies.

My love of travel and writing has taken me across the United States and over the pond to the United Kingdom. I’ve also worked the craziest time of the year at Disney World one Christmas (and thinking of doing it again)! I’m always looking for an excuse to visit a new place or get together with friends. There will hopefully be a book out there someday with my name on it but until then I’m thrilled to write for Destroy The Cyborg! and be part of this awesome geeky family.

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