‘Gotham’ is an American crime drama television series that airs on Fox. The show first premiered on September 22, 2014. Primrose Hill Productions, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television are the production companies backing the show. Scott White and Rebecca Perry Cutter act as producers, while Danny Cannon, Bruno Heller, John Stephens, Ben Edlund, and Ken Woodruff are on board as executive producers. The series has been developed by Bruno Heller, and the characters are based on the Batman franchise of DC Comics.
The show is mostly centered around a young Bruce Wayne as he comes to terms with his destiny as Batman, while also following Jim Gordon’s fight against crime as part of the GCPD. Overall, ‘Gotham’ has garnered a strong fan base over the seasons, and has earned praise from critics, who appreciated the novel way in which the show explored the Batman universe without showing the superhero, or making a big deal of superpowers.
Gotham Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of Gotham includes Ben McKenzie as James Gordon. In a show where Bruce Wayne should be the protagonist, Gordon takes up quite a bit of the limelight as the seasons trace his rise in ranks within the GCPD and most of Batman’s rogue’s gallery is introduced to us through his eyes. Donal Logue plays Harvey Bullock, Gordon’s ethically conflicted partner. David Mazouz plays Bruce Wayne who really needs no introduction.
However, here we see Bruce’s early days and how they shaped him towards the destiny we all know he would go to have. Sean Pertwee plays the role of his butler Alfred Pennyworth, and this is a different Alfred than the one from the movies or the comics. Alfred is much younger and feistier here, showing traces of his military training. Chris Chalk plays Lucius Fox. The rogue’s gallery includes notable characters like Oswald Cobblepot or The Penguin played by Robin Lord Taylor, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle who goes on to become Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma or The Riddler, and Nicholas D’Agosto as Harvey Dent. There are several other characters since the Batman universe is vast, and ‘Gotham’ has not really held back.
Gotham Plot: What is it about?
‘Gotham’ follows a simple plot that starts off with Gordon joining the police force and being teamed up with Bullock, who is a veteran. The case they happen to catch is the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s parents. Any Batman fan will know that this murder was the turning point in young Bruce’s life, and the orphaned billionaire went on to become the caped crusader of Gotham, better known as Batman. However, the show is set in the time that is skipped in the comics. Thus, we get to see Bruce’s childhood, and viewers are taken into the immediate sense of loss that he has to cope with. This is not a hero we are looking at, this is a scared orphan, who is lonely despite all his wealth. With support from Alfred, who begins to act as a father figure, and later Lucius, Bruce finds a degree of friendship with Selina and Gordon too.