Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gotham - Final Roundup

Okay, I swear that until the airing of the first episode that this will be the last blog I post in relation to Gotham and this one is more of a roundup of some tiny spoilers and an interesting article, courtesy of The Advocate in relation to the female characters of the upcoming series.

Fox have kindly been releasing a few more promotional banners for the upcoming series. in the last fortnight, we've had one of the city itself, another with just James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), another with Carmine Falcone (John Donam), Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). More to the point, we have titles and spoilers for the first three episodes of the series.

As for the episodes, the first three have the titles of Pilot (not exactly a shocker there), Selina Kyle and The Balloonman. At this rate, I can't really tell you anything new about the opening episode that several reviews haven't already revealed, other than it sets up what's to come for the prequel series with the death of the Waynes having quite the ripple effect on the city. The second episode however does focus on a child trafficking plot that affects Selina, will debut Oswald's mother, Gertrud Kabelput (Carol Kane) and also will feature former Six Feet Under actress Lili Taylor in the role of Patti. As for the third episode, it's titular character is a vigilante killing corrupt Gothamites via a weather balloon, will introduce former Dexter actor David Zayas as mob boss Sal Maroni and will also see Oswald working for another figure in the criminal underworld. So far, these are very basic descriptions but all of them do sound rather interesting, episode wise.

Meanwhile, influential LGBT magazine, The Advocate recently posted an interesting article on the diversity of Gotham's female cast - with particular focus on mob boss/nightclub owner Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Captain of GCPD's Homicide Squad, Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara) and lesbian detective, Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartegena). In the article, both Pinkett Smith and Cartegena voiced their delight in getting to play prominent female characters in power while co–executive producer Danny Cannon went on to state “There’s no way we on Earth we would have a show like this limit itself with out-of-date values.” There have been several reasons why I've been looking forward to Gotham for the last year but the show's inclusion of prominent LGBT and POC characters has definitely been one of them and I personally cannot wait to see what Fish, Sarah and Renee get to bring to the series during the next few months.

Gotham Spoilers/Trailers/Sneak Peeks:
The Advocate Article:

Gotham airs Mondays 8pm on FOX from September 22nd and is rumoured to air on Channel 5 in October. Netflix have also acquired the rights to the series and will stream it after transmission of it's first season.

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