Ever since I first heard that Fox was working on a Batman-themed television series, I've been excited.
Television is arguably the best live-action visual medium for recreating comic books due to their serial nature. And while some have had their misgivings about a Batman show that doesn't have Batman in it (especially after the Birds of Prey debacle), the casting choices and the focus upon fan-favorites like Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock always kept me optimistic.
The trailer for the series, titled Gotham, premiered tonight, and I'm happy to report that it looks every bit as promising as I'd hoped.
You can watch the trailer by clicking here.
If the trailer is any indication, the show seems to draw from a variety of stylistic influences (both comics and films), namely Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy (the tracking Gotham City helicopter shots are particularly evocative of Nolan's ultra-realistic stamp on the Batman-mythos).
There's also a dash of the earlier Tim Burton Batman films, all the while establishing its own brooding aesthetic.
|Possibly my favorite shot in the entire trailer because it's the most Burtonesque.|
While the lighting and cinematography and the tone certainly looks & feels like television and less like film (and while some of the performances seem to be a bit hammier than others) it's exciting that we'll see these iconic characters (even a young Bruce, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, and Poison Ivy) portrayed on a weekly basis for at least one full season (it was announced today that it was picked up for a full order).
The prospect of watching Bruce's bond begin with James Gordon long before either become Dark Knight or Commissioner could really lend depth and sincerity to the show. And if the series ever does advance further in the timeline (seems like a time-jump is already a brilliant idea for future seasons), with Bruce eventually donning cape and cowl, the significance of that dramatic shift in their friendship will be all the more powerful due to the serialized structure and the fact that we will have witnessed the gradual evolution.
It looks to be a blend of Smallville, Hannibal, Law & Order, and Batman.
And that's certainly not a bad thing.
The show is scheduled to premier this Fall on Fox and stars Ben McKenzie (Jim Gordon), Sean Pertwee (Alfred), Donald Logue (Bullock), and Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle) to name a few.
Be sure to come back to The Future Machine for some Gotham-reviews when the show finally drops through the proverbial skylight.
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