It’s no secret that Warner Bros. has been making big bets with a slate of new television shows based on superhero properties owned by DC Comics. Through the success of Smallville, and the more recent Arrow, we’ll soon have The Flash.
And hours after being picked up by FOX for a full season, the first trailer for one of the most eagerly anticipated 2014 fall television offerings just dropped.
Follow me after the jump and feast your eyes on the jaw-dropping Batman-inspired origin tale called Gotham!
OK. Wait no longer. Feast your eyes on this:
Gotham isn’t merely a Batman origin tale. No, it’s a crime drama that highlights the corrupt city itself, and the villains and vigilantes that push and pull Gotham towards both light and all-consuming darkness.
Seen through the young eyes of Detective James Gordon, (played by Ben McKenzie of Southland, The O.C.), the series will also focus on characters like Detective Harvey Bullock (played by Donal Logue of Sons of Anarchy and Vikings), Oswald Cobblepot, who will eventually become the villainous Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Selina Kyle, the eventual Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), Edward Nygma, otherwise known as the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s faithful butler (Sean Pertwee ).
Based on this trailer, Gotham has all the look of a cinematic movie, one that takes its aesthetic from the Christopher Nolan films: dark, gritty and realistic. It looks like we’ll see lots of young Bruce in this series. If Batman is going to become the world’s greatest detective, why not start his study in his own hometown, with the one detective attempting to solve the murder of the child billionaire’s parents?
I’m dubious about FOX. They don’t exactly have a great track record in promoting sound pop-culture ideas. But FOX outbid other suitors for this show, so you know they’re serious. And if the writing can stay anywhere close to the feel of the Gotham Central comic book series, which we’ve reviewed here on this site, they could be on a winner here.
Gordon, Wayne, Pennyworth, Bullock, Kyle, Nygma, Cobblepot and even Eisley! Before they became the characters we know today!
What do you think?