ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
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So, Fox's new pre-Batman crime drama Gotham is now well under way - and so far, it's a whole bucket-load of campy, gritty, Easter egg-filled fun.

There is, though, one big problem:

Jim Gordon.

Seen here in his California High School days...
Seen here in his California High School days...

Now, to be clear, we don't mean that Ben McKenzie isn't doing a great job as the proto-Commissioner, or that the character himself has anything intrinsically wrong with him. There is, though, one crucial problem with the show - one fundamentally centered around the young Detective...

The Gordon Problem

Y'know all those legendary Bat-villains we've already been teased?

Also Fish Mooney.
Also Fish Mooney.

Well, when they commit their first - presumably colorful, unique and distinctive - crimes?

Hopefully involving repellent-resistant sharks...
Hopefully involving repellent-resistant sharks...

Jim Gordon's going to instantly know it's them.

As in, right away.

He's reading your mind right now.
He's reading your mind right now.

Just...so...quickly.

And Why's That?

Remember when we first met forensic scientist Edward Nygma back in the pilot episode? Y'know, that whole scene where he straight up talks in riddles, and gets shut down by Bullock because of it? Which he obviously does a lot, since Harvey was clearly expecting it (and, of course, because he does it again in episode 2).

"Riddle me this, officers..."
"Riddle me this, officers..."

Well, when mysterious riddle-based criminal The Riddler is roaming the streets of Gotham sometime soon, who do you think Gordon's going to immediately start looking for?

"Who, me?"
"Who, me?"

The eccentric young police expert with the name that almost exactly spells 'Enigma,' that's who.

Similarly, when a young cat burglar starts making a name for herself, becoming known on the streets as Catwoman, who's Detective Jim going to look into finding?

"Look - a 'cat' burglar..."
"Look - a 'cat' burglar..."

Yup, the enterprising young woman who calls herself Cat - a.k.a. Selina Kyle.

How, though, is he going to find the plant-obsessed, redheaded super-criminal Poison Ivy, whenever she turns up?

"Hmm..."
"Hmm..."

Gordon's a pretty good detective, after all - he might just remember the creepy, red-haired, green-fingered daughter of that guy who totally tried to kill him.

The Penguin, admittedly, gets a pass because he's already being called The Penguin by half of Gotham's underworld - unless, of course, he turns up at some point with a mysteriously aquatic bird-themed crime spree, and no-one thinks to go and talk to his awesomely spooky mom.

Who will totally give it away...
Who will totally give it away...

So, unless Gordon somehow manages to become a deeply incompetent (or forgetful) detective over the next few seasons, none of Batman's rogue gallery are going to get past one or two crimes before being instantly locked up by a seriously smug Jim and Harvey.

Like this, but with a happy dance.
Like this, but with a happy dance.

There's an even larger issue than the criminals, though...

The Biggest Problem of All

Other than losing your parents at a young age...
Other than losing your parents at a young age...

Namely, Bruce Wayne.

Now, if Jim Gordon happens to immediately work out who all of the show's super-villains are, that's a problem - and one that the series will need a whole lot of slight of hand to avoid.

If he works out that Bruce Wayne is Batman, though (even if it's way after the show ends) that's a whole other kind of problem entirely.

No, not that kind of problem...
No, not that kind of problem...

See, this version of Gordon is clearly going to get to know Bruce Wayne pretty well - and already knows that he's a revenge-obsessed, dark, brooding, and self-destructive young man.

Who...likes to wear masks?
Who...likes to wear masks?

Add in an eventual obsession with bats (which you just know the show will) and the first time young Bruce heads onto the rooftops to fight crime in a cape? Gordon's going to be waiting at the mansion afterwards to arrest him and give him a sterner talking to than Alfred ever did.

"Gotcha, punk."
"Gotcha, punk."

Y'know. In Arkham Asylum.

Either that, or he'd have to be in on the secret - which would completely go against the basic nature of who Jim Gordon has always been. If he knew that Bruce was a masked vigilante and didn't arrest him? That'd corrupt him more effectively than Fish Mooney ever could...

...and, either way, would mean that [Gotham](series:1127075) City was pretty much screwed...

So, What's the Solution?

Poll

What do you guys think? How can the show solve the Gordon problem?


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