Sometimes I think this place is cursed but I won't let it fall apart without a fight.
It's been a while but last night during the premiere of 24: Live Another Day, not only did FOX confirm that Gotham has officially been picked up for a thirteen episode series but they also aired a two minute trailer for the show and it looks seriously awesome, if a little on Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy side of things too.
I promise you I will find the man who did this - If there was any doubt about whether or not former Southland actor Benjamin McKenzie was up to the task of portraying Detective James Gordon, this trailer blew it out of the water. In the trailer alone we see him clashing with partner Harvey Bullock, being told about the dangers of Gotham by one of his superiors, comforting a grief stricken Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), indulging in some alone time with fiancee Barbara (Erin Richards) and also also butting heads with both Fish Mooney and Oswald Cobblepot. He might not have the moustache but he's undeniably in character from this trailer alone.
There's a war coming ... a terrible war - And so says Oswald Cobblepot, played with sophistication and eerie charm by Robin Lord Taylor. This version of the Penguin might look seemingly harmless as James Gordon pushes him around for information but beneath the suave look does behold a dangerous man and it's none so evident than at the end of the trailer when he's savagely beating someone to a pulp with his cronies. I think he's definitely going to be one of the most interesting interpretations of the character we'll have ever seen.
You have a little danger in your eye - I wonder what you plan to do with that - For a while now, we've known very little about Fish Mooney as played by Jada Pinkett-Smith and now we've seen her in action and she looks to be a suitable villain, taking advantage of the chaos that's engulfing Gotham and certainly making sure she's seen as a legitimate threat. I have to give props to Gotham already for the fact that the main antagonist of this first season alone will be a female villain.
This is war ... we're at war - My experience with Bullock has mainly been with seeing him in Batman: The Animated Series and in that series, he was always something of a divisive and occasionally incompetent character. It seems with this version of events that Donal Logue will be bringing something of a grounded take to the character as he advises James on the war in Gotham in the trailer as well as introducing his new partner to other members of the force.
However dark and scary the world might be right now, there will be light for us - One of the things that Gotham has promised has been to show the origins of the Rogues Gallery and while the Joker might not be wisely included for now (guaranteed he will be if the show doesn't suffer the same fate as other shows sometimes do on FOX), we also managed to see Camren Bicondova's young Selina Kyle stalking Wayne manor and standing on top of a building looking a little sombre and cat like. Of course the future Catwoman is not the only Rogue Gallery member we see at a young age.
Fear doesn't need conquering. Fear tells you where the edge is - We also get to see a younger version of Poison Ivy as played by Clare Foley and renamed Ivy Pepper (not sure why but I'll let it slide though) looking all creepy as she tends to one of her plants. Personally I would've made Ivy a little older but she's one of my favourite characters from the Rogues Gallery and I'm delighted she's being included nonetheless, though I could take it to assume that most of her scenes might be either with Bruce Wayne or Selina Kyle for now.
Somebody has to take over and it might as well be me - Slightly older than some but younger too in the Rogues Gallery is Edward Nigma, played by Corey Michael Smith. In this series, the future Riddler is actually a forensic scientist with the Gotham PD and will become a recurring character in the series as well. Other cast members for the series include Zabryna Guevara as Sarah Essen, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Victoria Cartegena as Renee Montoya (a former lover of Barbara Kean as well) and Andrew Stewart-Jones as Crispus Allen.
Overall, this looks bloody brilliant and with thirteen episodes at least guaranteed for now with FOX, I will certainly be giving Gotham a decent go as a series.
Gotham Greenlit: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/05/05/gotham-series-order/
Season 1 Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d1zpt6k5OI
An airdate/time for Gotham's first season on FOX will be announced next week.