Premiere week is finally here and networks are rolling out their new fall lineups, hoping to ensnare a new audience and compete with Netflix, simultaneously. One of the most buzzed about shows is a detective drama where a superhero’s supporting agents are the stars of the show and the superhero is the background character. No, it’s not Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s FOX’s Batman spinoff, Gotham. Wait, didn’t we do this before?
Yes! In the summer of 2013, The Avengers ruled the summer box office. Then came word that ABC would spinoff the film into a television show staring the agents and none of The Avengers itself. Somehow, it was going to be awesome because anything associated with Marvel or The Avengers just had to be, right? The press was at a fever pitch and when the show premiered, it was just ok. You didn’t really care about the characters, much less know who they were and you lived for just one mention of Ironman or Thor. Instead you got vague references about what happened in New York and weak mystery about how Agent Coulson survived that fatal stab wound. It was essentially, boring. The show spent most of its first season just trying to find its own voice.
Well, it seems that D.C. Comics and Gotham took note of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mistakes and decided to improve on the original model. Instead of introducing all new villains like S.H.I.E.L.D. did, Gotham took advantage of its prequel roots and re-introduced villains like Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Taylor) and Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Camren Bicondova). Then the show added a new antagonist in the form of Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and kept Batman in the show instead of plugging him as an occasional guest during sweeps week.
David Mazouz plays the boy version of Bruce Wayne, who is coming to terms with his parents’ recent murder. Later that murder will cause him to morph into a dark superhero whose so badass that he doesn’t even need real super powers; just lots of money, a research & development team and a constant rollout of crime fighting toys but we’re not going to see that part for a long while. These are all contingencies in case the audience gets bored, which brings us to Detective Gordon.
Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is the young, rookie version of the bat signal-dependent Commissioner Gordon. Apparently the show chronicles how Gordon goes from a confidently naive detective to a man who decides that he can’t handle Gotham’s crime on his own and turns to a winged, leather clad vigilante for help instead. That alone is intriguing enough to watch this new lore and see when Gordon finally cracks.
Gotham premieres tonight at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central on FOX and Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. debuts it’s second season on Tuesday, September 23 on ABC. Only time will tell if D.C. will finally beat Marvel but it looks like D.C.’s off to a good start.
Niema Hulin is a graduate of the University of Florida and a resident of Miami, Florida. She has spent the past 12 years working on film, television and commercials as a Production Coordinator and the last 5 years as freelance writer. Her films have included Bad Boys II and I Am Number IV and her articles have been featured on yeahstub.com, CBS Local, Time Warner and LinkedIn Pulse. In all of her endeavors, she aspires to enlighten, entertain and be of service to the greater good.