We all know the story of Batman, whether it’s from the films or the comics, but Monday night we got to see a different part of the Batman story, but it’s not really the Batman story. You can call it the story of the corrupt city, Gotham, or the story of young Jim Gordon. The two main characters from the pilot episode were definitely, Gordon and Gotham.
The story is the beginning of Gordon’s detective years and the rise of the villains that Batman will face in the future. It’s also the story of what made Batman, but it is yet to be seen how much that will factor into the storyline. The very beginning of the episode showed Bruce Wayne’s parents murdered and we know this is what haunts Bruce and creates Batman.
It was a descent enough intro to the show. Gotham is a very scary place and Gordon is determined to make it a better place, but we really knew all this. Was I hooked? Sure, but I like the Batman story and I like Gordon in the films and I liked Ben McKenzie’s portrayal of Gordon in the episode. So while it didn’t give me much I didn’t know already, I’m still looking forward to episode two.
For most of the episode Gordon’s partner, Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), seemed like just another corrupt cop, but there is definitely more to this detective than meets the eye.
I loved Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney. She’s going to be a villain I enjoy watching.
The previews promised to introduce the iconic villains of Batman and I enjoyed the introduction of the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor). He’s already thinking ahead, but his rise to be the top villain in Gotham is side tracked.
It was a good start to the new series and I’m looking forward to watching the first season unfold.
Take a look at the preview for next week: