Cinematic ‘Gotham’ Trailer: There’s a War Coming

Published 9 months ago by , Updated July 27th, 2014 at 9:12 am,

Though anticipation forĀ Gotham is high, there are challenges facing it as it tries to establish its own separate corner in the burgeoning DC television universe.

Blessed with the enviable Batman rogues gallery, there is much potential, but without the use of Batman, Gotham will have to establish a bond with the audience through the eyes of a hero (Jim Gordon) who has always been more of an ancillary character, even as played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. A trilogy that presents another challenge.

Audiences have been spoiled rotten by Nolan’s vision of Gotham City, and when the Gotham series starts up, some may judge it harshly against the look of the films. Really, it’s an unfair comparison because one simply can’t match the visual “wow” factor of Wally Pfister’s cinematography on the small screen.

But while Gotham can’t look like the Nolan films, it can certainly carry over elements of that visual identity and the feel that the Nolan films had and, in this moment in time, FOX can also present the show to fans in a way that makes it feel cinematic with a new trailer.

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Beginning with a green and white ratings screen that tells us that the trailer has been approved for all lawful residents of Gotham City, this latest look at Gotham doesn’t look that much different than a lot of the other trailers we’ve seen, but there is just a little bit more intensity thanks to the way the footage is edited together.

At this point, I imagine most of us could close our eyes and see some amalgamation of all the times that we have seen Thomas and Martha Wayne being murdered and it would look something like what will be shown on Gotham. Besides that, we get a better idea about the hard time that Gordon will face in the series, the ambition of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney and young Bruce Wayne’s developing issues.

Is this approach indicative of how the show itself will be presented when it premieres? Right now we don’t know, but we expect that we’ll soon start seeing reactions from the masses after Gotham screens its pilot for the assembled fans at Comic-Con in Hall H tonight during the Warner Bros. TV panel.

Gotham premieres on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 @8pm on Fox.

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  1. The only thing that can derail this show is the kids, and it seems they may be featured prominently. I’m slightly worried.

    • That scream made me cringe a little. Though, I think they got a good choice for Bruce Wayne.

      • Yep, he acted so brilliantly in Touch despite never saying a word. Incredible and a great choice for Bruce.

    • The kids will either be the weakest point for the show or its strongest.

  2. I prefer storms coming not wars

    • There’s a storm coming Mr. Mooayne.

      • There’s a war coming, Ned.

        • I don’t know when, I don’t know who we’ll be fighting, but it’s coming,

  3. “Stop, you’re hurting yourself.”

    “No, I’m testing myself”

    Mmm, pretty sure you’re just hurting yourself. I hope he isn’t actually self harming from depression. But anyway, this actually looks quite good to me (loved Cobblepot’s last line).

  4. “You’re hurting yourself.”

    “I’m testing myself”

    Mmm, pretty sure you’re just hurting yourself. I hope he isn’t actually self harming from depression. But anyway, this actually looks quite good to me (loved Cobblepot’s last line).

    • I’d say testing himself by hurting himself. Testing and increasing his pain threshold, either to numb the pain he has over his parents’ death or to be able to hunt and find their killer later on or both.

      Batman’s one of those characters who seems to suffer more from superhero syndrome than depression by putting himself and others in harm’s way just to satisfy this constant need to save people after failing to do so for his parents in Crime Alley and this scene could hint towards that in a way.

      • Now that you put it that way that’s some pretty heavy but interesting stuff. I never considered how much this show could actually develop Bruce’s psyche but now I hope they do considering how deep Batman’s character is.

        • Yea that aspect of the show looks promising

  5. That was cool.

  6. Selena Kyle is older than Bruce Wayne? And the Joker too?

    • I know right? So I guess you could say she’s a cougar….

      • BOOM

  7. Here’s the thing, a show like GOTHAM doesn’t necessarily have to imitate the cinematography of Nolan’s Gotham City, or Tim Burton’s or Zack Snyder’s for that matter. It already seems to borrow a lot from the Animated series but it should stop right there. In order to be its own thing, it should simply borrow the idea of each approach and try to show how there are different sides to Gotham. Like the characters, even the city is evolving, and that should be shown.

    It should try to portray a believable city first and foremost, and then extend the roots and give us the seedy underbelly born from films like Sin City and the original film-noir sensibilities. That’s what it should evoke — the world where Bruce Wayne grew up, not the one he had to change. Batman Year One does this brilliantly even in the animated movie — you see this entire corrupted town. To not take from that book would be erroneous.

    And I feel like they won’t focus too much on the media, which is a huge part of Batman’s mythos. If it were up to me, I’d take notes from a Brian de Palma movie.

  8. This show looks good but I still think they’re selling themselves short by not bringing the Bat into it, if they had plans to introduce him into season 2 for instance, then the interest in this show would be immense, I understand it’s an origin story but why not have plans down the track for Batman and not just him pulling on the cowl in the final episode, a whole TV show about Gothem with no Bats in it is a little weird IMO..

  9. It’s called GOTHAM, not BATMAN.
    I think they came up with the concept of ‘a cop show with supernatural elements’, put the characters in place, the stories they want to tell, and then took this construction and put it on top of the Batman mythology. So that’s what it’s likely going to be; a cop show with a supernatural, fantastic angle to it. And I’m sure at some point (midway first season?) Bruce is going to dress up as a bat. The villains will also start to merge slowly into their superhero personas. Therefor, I expect, the show will start off kind of slow, but will grow more and more out of ‘ordinary cop show’ into a superhero crime fighting universe as the season(s) continue.

    Just one question: will there be flash forwards?

    • I haven’t heard anything about an older cast portraying the younger characters, so I doubt it.

  10. Wow this shows gonna suck hard lol

  11. By starting this early, I really hope they take the chance to introduce Thomas Elliot… (That’s Hush, if you don’t read comics. Or play Arkham Asylum.)

  12. The show looks like it will be great. Nice casting, they have some strong actors: Donal Logue, Dean Morris, Ben McKenzie, Sean Pertwee, and of course my girl Jada Pinkett Smith!!

    I just have a few concerns:

    1.) The introduction of the DC Villians- When i read the comics or watch the original cartoons i never felt that Batman’s villains were 10 to 20 years older than him. I don’t want “Gotham” to introduce the Joker and he’s already an adult or introduce the The Riddler and he’s already in his early 20′s. Call me crazy but i always felt they were in the same age range with The Batman, not that much older than him (I’m preconceiving the fact that Bruce will be 10 years old at the beginning of the season.

    2.) I REALLY hope we don’t see too much of Bruce’s childhood moping and crying abut his parents death. I understand that it would be very interesting to see how he reacts to the most brutal, and conceivably THE turning point that drives him to become the dark knight but I don’t want to hear a 10 scream with a girly high pitch voice in the commercial.

    3.) PLEASE don’t tapper to much with the Joker’s back story. Some stuff should be kept unexplained. Also Joker shouldn’t be over 10+ years older than batman.

    But again I look forward to see in this show. I think Fox has a gold mine in this franchise being on television. IF i do get disappointed then at least its separate from the DC Cinematic Universe.

    • I always thought that judging by the kind of personality and sense of glee Catwoman always had, that she was much younger than Batman; she lacked the self-restraint in her vigilantism and also was always indulgent in the heat of the moment, by making her 5 years older than Bruce really bothers me a lot.

      That being said, I’ll respond to some of your other questions:
      Bruce as a young orphan with a lot of anger and wealth is a very interesting character-study, something worthy of Tim Burton’s lunacy. We never saw Bruce Wayne’s childhood to its extent, it was only addressed in Batman Begins but still left enough to have an entire story written around it. I think this is essentially the “KRYPTON” show if it were Superman involved. It makes for a nice mini-series, but a full-on 10-season long show? It really depends on the kind of quality they can produce.

      As for the Joker; I agree. We don’t need him around too much.

      • I dunno, I’ve known people older than me who act my age or younger because that’s just who they are so Selina being older than Bruce but having a slightly younger, more playful personality isn’t really off-kilter for me. Besides, Bruce becomes grim, dark and brooding with an ultra serious personality and not much emotion showing through so again, I can accept a younger Bruce that acts older than Selina.

        As for a “whiny, moping Bruce”, the trailer shows that he won’t be doing that (the candle scene in particular).

  13. I agree this show will fail if there isn’t no Batman down the road. That’s like saying let’s do a xmen TV show with no Wolverine or Magneto . it doesn’t make sense. I think by season 4 he becomes Batman. I know Karl Urban been rumored as Batman

    • I honestly don’t understand this kind of thinking.

      I genuinely find it more interesting to show what kind of city Bruce grew up in than worrying about whether he’ll become the Bat down the road. Besides, people complain about “too much Batman” so isn’t it kind of refreshing to have a show set in that character’s world but without featuring him prominently and showing more of James Gordon’s rise into the Commissioner’s chair?

      • I agree. Honestly it would be cool if we NEVER “see” batman. Like the last season is Gordon investigating rumors of a bat-like creature which turn out to be some vigilante taking out criminals. Maybe we catch a glimpse at the series finale or something to that affect.

        • That would be amazing but I can’t help but worry about the crowds of people who complained “Wahhh, there wasn’t enough Godzilla, that film sucked!” and their influence on the writers.

          It’s like good horror, the best stuff is what you DON’T see but people these days tend to want to see absolutely everything, including a montage of a person’s/creature’s early life, from birth up until the moment they first debut/smash up a city with a brief scene of that person/monster lying on a psychiatrist’s couch explaining their mindset and why they do what they do.

  14. I am sure there are many people who do not mature according to their age, and many still who mature early, but Selina never struck me as one of them. I’m sure that the younger Bruce won’t be moping all the time, and even if he does he is entitled to it since he is, after all, just a kid who recently lost his parents.

    What the series has the potential to do is explore the kind of place Bruce was in growing up. And to show Batman’s psychological development from an early age makes for a very interesting story. But they have to do it very carefully. We need to see Alfred’s sympathetic side as well. And two characters whom I don’t see are Dr. Leslie Thompkins and Lucius Fox. Fox I understand had not met Bruce until he returns to Gotham City years later, but Leslie?

    What about Tommy Elliot or Rachel Dawes? They seem to be important characters to Batman’s mythos. Rachel, I understand they’d

  15. The small screen’s offerings are such a disappointment, however I supporting this 100%!