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Gotham: welcome back to the cursed capital of crime

With Zack Snyder already promoting his Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice on social media, Fox has given its primetime spot for the fall season to Gotham. Here is a preview on the series telling you what you can expect from it.

tv Updated: Jun 05, 2014 14:56 IST
Soumya Srivastava

There are good times ahead for Batman fans. One of the comic world's most-admired superhero is returning to small and big screens, as well as the gaming arena.

Director Zack Snyder has started promoting his Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice on social media, while Fox has given its primetime spot for the fall season to Gotham, which will be created by writer-director Danny Cannon who gave us The Mentalist. Warner is working on the gaming option, The Arkham Knight.

It will be a close contest between the two and Gotham has got its own share of fans. Sample this: the trailer has received 7.5 million views in 20 days!

"Before there was Batman, there was Gotham," is the catchy tagline for the show. The crime-ridden metropolis of DC universe is the protagonist of the series.

Read: Dark Knight returns: First look at Ben Affleck as the new Batman, his Batmobile

The show will be a prequel to every Batman series (animated series, movies, TV shows, you name it) that we have seen and will revolve around the story of your friendly neighbourhood detective Jim Gordon played by Ben McKenzie from The OC.

The story begins from where it all started. Martha and Thomas Wayne have been shot in a dark alley of Gotham city and Detective Gordon has been appointed by the Gotham Police to catch the killer.

In the process, he forms a strong bond with the Waynes' young son Bruce, played by David Mazouz, who has shown great promise (in whatever little we see of him in the trailer).

The short clip where he shrieks in the alley as his parents are shot dead before his eyes is just chill-down-your-spine amazing. However, we may never get to see him grown up and wear that black latex Batsuit that we all so love.

The Batman universe is not only known for its heroes, but also for its rogues' gallery. Some of the most terrifying villains of popular culture are the bi-products of this creation and Gotham will tell you of their origins also. From what we can see in trailers, we'll get a bioscope vision into the early years of Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy and the Riddler.

Ben McKenzie as Detective Gordon and Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin. (Photo Courtesy:

Rumour has it that we may also get to see a lot of the Joker, Batman's arch nemesis and worst nightmare. Perhaps, we'll finally get to know how he got those scars.

This version is sans VFX and has a more realistic adaptation of Batman's story. In one of the few experiments of its kind in the comic world, the superhero is not the protagonist. The reactions on the choice of the central character and this bold experiment have been interesting.

While American stand-up Jimmy Kimmel joked, "This is a show for people who love everything about Batman except Batman," the 7.5 million trailer views tell their own story.

Snyder posted the first glimpses of the Batmobile and Ben Affleck in his Batman avatar and they have elicited mixed reactions. There have been critical comments in the social media on Ben Affleck being chosen as the next Batman. Fans are unsure about choice of love-hate relationship between Batman and Superman as the subject of the next film.

Gotham, on the other hand, has got praise for its subtle method of production and a divergent take on the legendary comics.

The battle of superheroes is poised to begin and we will be waiting to see who takes home the spoils. But one thing is for sure: it's the audience which is in a win-win situation.