New Batman show ‘Gotham’ is well received

Copy Editor

There’s a new show on Fox that is bound to grapple your attention and ascend straight to success.

“Gotham,” a new series that premiered Sept. 22, takes an interesting spin on how Batman came to be.

The series focuses on Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), and is written to follow him on his rise to greatness in Gotham City. This is before Batman’s existence.

At the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour earlier this year, Fox president Kevin Reilly described the series as an “operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality. This is not some adjunct companion series. This is the Batman franchise, just backing it up in chronology.”

He also added that the series is separate from any other DC film universe.

The pilot episode alone is enough to get one hooked. Introductions to characters such as Catwoman, Penguin, Poison Ivy and a very subtle reference to the Joker all take place within the very first episode.

Bruce Wayne (Batman), in this series, is still currently a child struggling with the loss of his parents. He meets with Gordon, the detective working his parents murder case, and is clearly inspired by his line of work. There is a large amount of foreshadowing characters who will soon become mainstays of the Batman saga.

They have also incorporated a new character named Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), an affluent and evil mob leader who works with criminals and cops alike.

So far, reception of the show has been exceptional. Even with only three episodes currently out, Rotten Tomatoes, an online review aggregator, has given the series a rating of 91 percent based on 78 individual reviews.

Personally, I think the show will do great. It’s off to a good start reception wise, has an amazing cast, and is taking a creative angle at a story that’s been told hundreds of times.

“Gotham” is set to play on Fox Monday nights at 7 p.m. I’d check it out if I were you.