A few words on the criticisms of Gotham
I felt it was about to time to review the new Television series Gotham on Fox. I wanted to hold back my enthusiasm and try to give a somewhat subjective review of the show and also not to be in too big of a hurry to either praise or scorn it myself until at least several episodes in. Also, the reviews I have read online immediately after each episode have been scathing and very critical so far, which I find somewhat perturbing. I say that because the TV shows of our comic book characters are going to take different liberties than the comic book. This is prevalent in any major comic book character that finally hits the live action big screen whether TV, movie or cartoon for that matter. It gives us yet another angle/story arc of the characters we love. They should take these liberties and I am glad they do.
How can you not like that? Much less be super critical of it? There is a method to the madness. Granted, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. But it is a risk and a liberty that I feel must be taken. ( Side note: case in point personally for me Jonah Hex’s debut on the big screen should have been closer to the comic book character. Because if you ask me in that instance they took way too many liberties and it didn’t work. There is a fine line. )
Hank and Richard discuss some of the criticism about Gotham and discuss their opinions about the show on their podcast SOBS. You can listen here.
Anyway, the critics are not wrong in saying this, but so far I think the writing on the show has been solid if somewhat sparse. That doesn’t bother me for keeping it less is more is favoring those who may not be familiar with every character or many comic books in general. The shows and movies are more or less about promoting the comic books. That’s why the Easter eggs have been somewhat obvious. It is stunning the amount of characters Gotham harbors and always has. It is a critical epicenter in DC’s Universe. It’s a great idea for a show. None the less, it is being kept intriguing week in and week out and I can’t say enough good things about how phenomenal the characters are. I love the casting and every one is doing more than a solid job of filling these characters proverbial comic book shoes. The never ending twists and turns of Gotham’s history is a fertile field of episodes and outlandish bad guys with their sordid back stories.
The future of Gotham
The future of this show excites me. I am looking forward to every Monday from now on. The continuity of the stories and characters is closely tied to enticing the viewer’s curiosity. Making it a easy hook so to speak because I am known to plead for those folks that are not comicbook geeks to check into shows like Gotham that can give them a glimpse of the magic that is within the pages of comics. It’s a good starter kit and it’s not just a show about when Batman was a kid. I hear that lot. Even if it was, how great is that? Tune in to find out. Basically what I’m saying is that I like to write and review things without giving too much away. Because part of the fun of getting to know a series or a particular arc in a comic book is about coming to know the characters and the details within each one by getting excited by it and then going out and buying it and having fun reading it for yourself. That is the beauty of reading and lending an open ear to some imaginative wonder that always leads you to wonder a little more about the world that we live in.
Gotham is a very overtly corrupt place, and when you see that candidacy in the show and you can also take a closer look at the world we live in see the same type of callousness in the very cities and states that we live in. I’m not saying it’s outright social commentary, but comics have always had their finger on the pulse of popular culture and I am glad to see them continuing the tradition on TV now. I figure it’s a great master plan to get more people reading comic books again.
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