– by Mark Cook


Call me a curmudgeon but I never got into the Fox television show Gotham. I gave it the old college try but the show just never appealed to me. It certainly had some elements that I liked such as Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney yet the show just came across like a bad modern day version of Tim Burton’s Batman. To top it off, Bruce Wayne starts off the show as a ten year old. As a parent, I can tell you that ten year old’s aren’t cool. They can be funny and cute at times. Sometimes annoying. But never cool

It appears that Bruce Wayne is growing up and he’s now picking fights with people. The commercial on Youtube hints at Bruce being trained to become the protector that Gotham City needs. Yet Bruce in the trailer comes across as some punk kid who just happens to know a little karate that ends up kicking some hoodlum behind.

This is the problem with prequel stories. We as the audience know how the story turns out so there are only so many paths the series show runners can go without veering so far off course that it brings us to unfamiliar territory. The show itself has tried sowing the seeds of relationships that were never hinted at in the source material, such as the initial relationship between Oswald Cobblepot and Jim Gordon. (Feel free to correct me if I am wrong in the comments section below.)


The show for my money just can’t seem to settle on what it wants to be. Is it a realistic story of how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman? Is it a cop show that’s focused on Jim Gordon? Is it a kooky, Tim Burton style fantasy that melds gangster stories with crazy, sci-fi elements that just don’t belong in a traditional Batman story?

So we have Bruce Wayne on the show, a kid around the age of 14 now, that is training to be something. We as the audience KNOW what he becomes. The only way this is interesting to us is if we come into the story with the history of Bruce Wayne well intact before we start the show otherwise why would we care about this rich kid? They haven’t done enough to make me care apart from add story elements that come from Batman’s history. And why do they feel the need to add such outlandish elements to the show? Of course Batman ends up dealing with some pretty bizarre criminals when he puts on the cape and cowl yet seeing how the rogue’s gallery become the criminal legends we’re familiar with is just boring.

I'll take this version of Bruce Wayne any day... 

I’ll take this version of Bruce Wayne any day… 

I am simply not a fan of the show. (What gave that away?) This trailer does nothing for me. I’m a fan of Batman yet the show runners have done nothing to make me interested in how a teenage Bruce Wayne works at becoming the character I love.

So what do you think? Did you enjoy the trailer to the rest of Season 3? Do you like the arc Bruce Wayne is on? What about the show Gotham am I missing that I may enjoy? What am I missing on this show that I could be enjoying? Sound off in the comments below.

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