This is a crime drama blog. You know that, we know that. So why are we flagging up a trailer for a new series that tells the origins of a superhero? Batman, while not a huge favourite of this author, is essentially noir in style at least, and Gotham – US network Fox’s new drama series – explores the origins of Bruce Wayne and all his future enemies. But what’s intriguing is that one of the comic and film’s peripheral characters, Commissioner Jim Gordon, when he was a young, idealistic detective, policing the mean streets of Gotham.
This is from the official blurb:
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.
Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) romanticised the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Keen, Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock, as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce, toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selena Kyle/the future Catwoman and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin.
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen, it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.
So the question is: aside from all these young, fucked-up kids running about the place, will Gotham essentially be a police drama? Watch this space…
In the meantime, here’s a trailer: