Gotham Review: Come For the Heroes, Stay For the Villains
By Leanne Aguilera
Every TV fan knows that Fall is the most overwhelming season of the year. Why? One very simple reason: Too many shows and too little time. So we at ETonline are reviewing each and every one of the new fall TV shows to bring you our reviews on the good, the bad, the adorable and the just plain horrible.
When It Airs: Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
The Biggest Stars:The O.C. and Southland's Benjamin McKenzie stars as Detective James Gordon, with Sons of Anarchy's Donal Logue as Gordon's superior, Detective Harvey Bullock. Adding to the star-studded cast is Will Smith's multi-talented wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays the badass mobster Fish Mooney.
Here's What You Need to Know: Batman begins… again. Before Bruce Wayne evolved into the crime-fighting hero that we all know and love, the city of Gotham has always been the most corrupt and dangerous metropolis in comic book history. The series follows young detective James "Jim" Gordon (McKenzie) as he rises through the ranks of the Gotham P.D. and comes face-to-face with Gotham's future, and most formidable villains.
Throughout the pilot, DC Comics fans will be introduced young versions of Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), Poison Ivy (Clare Foley), The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), and a new villain who is not a part of the Gotham legacy: Fish Mooeny (Pinkett Smith) downright terrifying who rules the seedy side of the city. Essentially, there's a villain for everyone to love. And season one is all about the rise of one of the most iconic villains in Gotham history: Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Taylor) — aka The Penguin.
If You Like… The dark and gritty vibe of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, the twists-and-turns origin story of Arrow, and you miss seeing Ben McKenzies's face each and every week, then you'll love Gotham.
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Bottom Line: Gotham is worthy prequel of the legendary Batman legacy. Not only is the series cinematically stunning to watch, but each and every one of the characters, particularly the villains, ooze charisma and perfectly tease their future multi-faceted selves.
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