Spoiler alert. Read with caution.
One of the fictional heroes I know when I was a kid is Batman. Not that I know a lot about him and the characters in his adventures. I don’t have the clear memory of actually watching every episode of his TV shows, animated or not. Though I did seen some of his earlier movies with the Penguin and Catwoman. And of course the recent movies of the black knight.
When Gotham was released in Netflix, I thought I might give it a try. Thinking that it was shot in Chicago, which I discovered to be in New York. Of course I have expectations seeing Batman but that is not the case. The setting of the story is from when Bruce Wayne was still a 12 years old boy struggling after the lost of his parents and trying to understand what led to their death. He is not yet ready to be the hero of Gotham City. Alfred Pennyworth, his butler, is his only companion and has the sole responsibility of raising the young Bruce.
To give further background on the story, it revolves around the city’s local crimes where two mafia groups led by Carmine Falcone and Sal Maroni have a lot of contributions to. The only hope of the city is James “Jim” Gordon, who is basically the lead character in the series. He is a new cop in Gotham City Police Department with good reputations and is willing to risk the lives of his loved ones to save the day. His work partner Harvey Bullock helps him along the way, though he has reputation on police brutality, his ties with the bad guys gave the partners some advantage.
What actually kept me hooked episode to episode was discovering the different characters from the original Batman story. How will the series introduce them and in what specific backgrounds? I don’t see the episodes as mind-boggling or heart raising compared to the other series I’ve watched. But the familiarity and its association to the DC Comics story makes it interesting for me. I’m giving it a 3 out of 5 stars for this reason. Anyway, it’s just the first season. Hopefully the next one sets a higher bar.
Relevant characters in Gotham Season 1