Gotham starts with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne and follows Jim Gordon in the pre-Batman days. The list of things I don’t like about this is long:
- In the intro, Catwoman pulls off one very slick robbery, followed immediately by an amateurish pickpocketing that almost gets her caught. So which is she? Slick thief, or total novice? I don’t get the point of it.
- They very clearly set up the Waynes’ murder as a hit from the start. Their deaths as a random, pointless street crime is just plain better.
- Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen are already on the GCPD MCU. This is supposed to be a time when Gotham is corrupt as can be, but two good cops are already in positions of authority.
- Gordon is a war hero/son of a do-gooder DA. I dunno why this one bugs me, can’t he just be a regular guy who wants to do the right thing?
- Penguin is thin.
- Barbara, the future Mrs. Gordon, is crazy rich or something. That’s totally weird.
- Little Poison Ivy’s name isn’t Pamela.
- The threw in a stand-up comedian who I think is supposed to be the Joker. Joker should have no backstory.
- Riddler is a the forensic guy, and in his minute on screen he did everything short of saying “riddle me this, boy wonder” to make 1000% sure the audience knew he was the Riddler.
- They generally play the game of “hey look, it’s that person you’ve heard of!” so hard. And it’s dumb.
- For a while I thought they had Harvey Bullock right. Adapted to working in a corrupt system, totally cynical, but not actually a bad guy. But in the end they make him an actual bad guy in a way I can’t really defend. They probably have longer term plans, but they end the pilot on a note where Bullock is beyond redemption as a cop.
The list of things I like is short:
- I think Renee and Barbara used to date. That’s kinda interesting.
- Donal Logue is excellent.
I think it’s a terrible idea from the start. Gotham before Batman is not that interesting. It’s just really, really corrupt. The weird stuff doesn’t happen until after Batman. But who are we kidding, of course I’m going to watch it.