Fox’s ‘Gotham’ is really coming together and not only has the logo for the show been revealed but a rather lengthy synopsis is out as well! We all already know that the show is based around the rise of Commissioner Gordon from an emerging young detective to the man we all know. Of course the show isn’t going to be carried by Gordon alone as a few other familiar faces from the Caped Crusader’s city have been cast such as Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead‘, ‘Another Earth’) as The Penguin, Oswald Cobblepot, David Mazouz (‘Touch’) as a young Bruce Wayne, as well as Jada Pinkett Smith as the newly created villain, Fish Mooney, for the show.
So while I will include the full synopsis below for those wanting to read all of the details, here is the round up of the key moments I believe that we can take away from it:
- Not only is ‘Goatham’ an origin story of Gordon but also “origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes” which will include the likes of Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, The Joker, and most likely more!
- Gordon’s quest to clean up the city is actually from remembering how great things were as a child and he “hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.”
- While partnered with Harvey Bullock, Gordon is assigned to investigate the murders of the Wayne family and becomes attached to their son.
- The synopsis also hints that the show will give us “the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.” so I’m not sure if that will be a long term plan or if Gordon will give Bruce some of his early training and inspiration.
It sounds like we will be seeing a lot of Bruce Wayne as he grows up as well as the origins of many of his future villains. Of course, some names like ‘Two-Face’ and even to a lesser extent ‘The Riddler’ weren’t always bad people. We might see them show up pre-villain days and it could be a fun way to spin the birth of Batman.
“Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”).
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.
GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).
What do you think about the details with all of that new information to take in? Are you now more or less excited for ‘Gotham’?