Published on May 7th, 2014 | by Duke Of Havoc
Gotham Extended Trailer Lands
Yes Bat-fans, it’s that time again! It’s another retelling of Bruce Wayne aka The Batman’s origin story. I genuinely have to ask the question if there is anyone left in the civilised world who doesn’t know this story now.
Fox and Warner Bros/DC have decided to focus on Gotham, long before The Dark Knight prowled the streets and struck fear in to the hearts of criminals across the urban landscape. However, this seems to have almost gone the Muppet Babies route. Bruce Wayne (played by ten year old David Mazouz) is a young boy who witnesses the horrific crime that changes his life forever. It’s been done many a time across various mediums, but I guess if Fox have bought the rights, they want that money shot (see above) of Bruce kneeling over his dead parents. That part I can deal with. I can also deal with a young Jim Gordon (played by Southland actor Ben McKenzie). The premise I am personally struggling with, is how a lot of Batman’s future rogue gallery are in the city and will most likely come into contact regularly with Bruce or at the very least Jim Gordon. It just has that Star Wars prequel feel about it. Too many coincidences that really never needed to be crammed together into what we can only assume is a police procedural.
The confirmed future villains, as listed with accompanying Inception style fanfare in the trailer are: Poison Ivy, Riddler, Catwoman and Penguin. I will say this, I am glad that someone is finally trying to attempt a Batman story without Joker. Whether he is being kept back (and I pray to Batman that he isn’t) for some sort of season one finale, is yet to be seen.
I think many a comic book fan thought this show would borrow heavily from Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka’s incredible title: Gotham Central. A comic which really focused on Gotham’s finest as they try to deal with the costumed criminals with good old fashioned police work, as well as office politics. If you haven’t read it, go pick it up. The show will most likely use Batman: Earth One as it’s template due to it’s far more contemporary reimagining of Bruce’s origin. The cast looks solid and Fox will want to make a success of this show with the likes of Arrow doing so well over on The CW. Watch the trailer and let us know your thoughts below.