Monday night was a huge night for one franchise on Fox, with veteran series 24 and its now iconic leading man Jack Bauer returning to television in the miniseries 24: Live Another Day, but the night saw Fox’s relationship with another franchise just begin to bloom as they premiered the first trailer for the network’s upcoming Batman semi-prequel series Gotham, which they just officially greenlit earlier in the day.
Jack Bauer may have become the quintessential “American man” in the post-9/11 television landscape, but the tragic hero tale of Bruce Wayne’s journey into the night that is Batman was being told long before Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack first yelled his trademark “Dammit!” at Mary Lynn Rajskub’s Chloe O’Brian. With Gotham, Fox and series creator Bruno Heller are looking to tell another story; that of Detective James Gordon’s life before any caped crusaders came to town and the city of Gotham that would eventually create The Dark Knight.
Check out the trailer:
When I first heard this show was coming about, I was very hesitant to feel like it could be any good at all. A gritty Batman series that can get to the street-level grime it needs to reach while dealing with the constraints of network television’s ratings limitations? It’s a tough sell (even though I was always fine with the fact that Batman wouldn’t be appearing). Even though this story has already been told very well in the comic series from Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, and Ed Brubaker Gotham Central, the idea that it could be translated well onto television, while intriguing, did not inspire much hope.
That began to change, however, with the casting of Ben McKenzie as James Gordon and the always awesome Donal Logue as hard-ass Harvey Bullock. With those two actors, my interest was heavily piqued. Now, with this trailer, I’m 100% on board with this series. It looks like it’s going to be outstanding, and I so, so hope it doesn’t disappoint me like a certain other series that focuses on law enforcement “agents”.