Gotham is an American crime TV series that serves as an origin story to a lot of famous Batman characters, from Bruce Wayne to Jim Gordon to Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin) and many, many more.
It's currently in its third season, and has taken a short six-week break in the US. Seeing as there are no new episodes anywhere, now is the perfect time to start watching #Gotham it if you haven't already. Below are five simple reasons as to why.
5. You Don't Need To Have Comic Book Knowledge To Watch It
Don't know anything about #Batman? Don't know anything about #DC? That's OK. Gotham does follow some canon, but it also does its own thing quite a bit. It's changed when and how certain characters meet, it's added to characters' personalities and changed some things, etc. It's even introduced a bunch of characters who aren't in the comics.
There is so much comic book canon to draw from that Gotham is essentially picking and choosing as well as throwing in some material of their own. It makes it feel surprisingly original considering most people have at least heard of Batman. The only problem with this is you get people complaining about certain storylines because "it didn't happen in the comics."
4. It's A Batman Origin Story, But It's Not All About Him
That's right, if you're going to check out Gotham for Batman you might be a little disappointed. The creators of the show have explicitly said they never plan to introduce Batman, and if they do it will be at the very end and at the last possible second. It'll most likely be an indication that Bruce is going off to become Batman instead of actually introducing him.
We do have Bruce though — a young, teenage Bruce to be exact. Slowly, we're seeing him become more Batman-like. Don't worry, even though we don't have Batman, we have a lot of other characters. There are some well-known characters like Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman), Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a. Penguin), Edward Nygma (a.k.a. the Riddler), Jim Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, etc. Some gradually get introduced, and most are introduced before they become the villains (or heroes) we know and love.
This adds to the idea of not having to be a comic book or Batman fan. It's always fun to recognize names and go "I know who you're going to be in the future," but Gotham does — for quite a few of it's characters – add these arcs that allow you to take these journeys with these characters and find out who they are without needing prior knowledge. It is fun if you do know beforehand though.
3. It's Visually Pleasing
Now the special effects aren't the best — Gotham clearly has some kind of budget — but it's still really nice to look at. The color palette, the lighting, camera angles, everything. The show is also set in the past, seeing as we have young Bruce and co, but it's very out of time. It's never really specifically states when it's set, and you get a lot of different vibes. There's a '40s vibe, a '30s vibe, a '20s vibe, but there's tech and other things that suggest it's not as early as that. Sometimes the fashion looks more modern, but then the cars sometimes don't. It all adds together to create this aesthetic that is very Batman, but at the same time seems very original. I personally couldn't name another show out there that is visually quite like this. (That's not to say there isn't one, if you can think of one, feel free to share in a comment!)
2. It Has Very 'Real' Villains
It has been pointed out before, and most recently by actor Cory Michael Smith (who plays Edward Nygma), that the villains are done in such a way that you get to know them and you even feel a little sorry for them, so that when they do inevitably become villains, it's a very tragic thing because you can understand why they ended up that way.
Of course, that doesn't apply to every villain, but it honestly does to most of them. It means that when terrible things happen you find yourself not automatically condemning them, but instead trying to figure out their motivations and feeling sorry for them — even wanting to defend their actions, because (on some level) you understand.
1. The Cast
Not only are the characters great, but so are the people who play them. They all seem to get along very well and they're very involved with the fandom. They seem to care a lot about their characters, and they all play them very well. Gotham has a very talented and sincere cast, and you absolutely believe they are these characters.
There are even characters who aren't in the comics that we know nothing about, but they're played so well that you instantly care about a lot of them, and for almost all of them you can at least appreciate how well they're played.
This show is deserving of criticism in places — it's not perfect, however, it is fun. There are so many examples of when they've done something right. It's definitely a show that deserves to be checked out. You can watch the first two seasons on Netflix (at least in the UK and US) so if you have access to it, I would highly recommend giving it a shot. The amount of people I've seen give it a chance and ended up loving it is unbelievable. It's a fun, easy watch and would be something to do over the holidays while most shows are on hiatus.
Have you watched Gotham? What do you love most about this show?