‘Gotham’ Trailer: The Good, the Evil, the Beginning

Published 9 months ago by , Updated July 16th, 2014 at 6:56 am,

Although Fox’s Gotham – a television series following Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), a member of the Gotham City Police Department – doesn’t officially premiere on the network until September, the show has been highly promoted. A slew of featurettes and promos have depicted the cast talking about their characters and relationships, or given a deeper look into the city itself – most importantly, they’ve introduced Gotham’smost dangerous villains.” Fox also released character posters for the eight main players in Gotham, including Gordon. With early reviews for the Gotham pilot touting the show’s excellence, it’s understandable that many are looking forward to finally seeing it for themselves.

In little more than 10 days, Fox and DC will premiere the pilot of Gotham at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. However, for those not attending, a new trailer for Gotham gives another peak into the much-anticipated series.

Released on the official Gotham YouTube channel, the new trailer (above) emphasizes the origin story aspect of the upcoming series as well as the main conflict between good and evil within the city limits: “The Good. The Evil. The Beginning.” — a tagline that also appeared on the recently released character posters. The video depicts Gordon walking onto a crime scene surrounded by the, at this point, recognizable faces of Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Edward Nigma (Cory Michael Smith); Donal Logue also appears in the trailer as Harvey Bullock.

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McKenzie’s Gordon has a voiceover in the trailer that explains he is returning to Gotham because the city “is at a tipping point” and he believes himself to be one of the few willing to fight crime and corruption before it overruns his hometown:

This is my city, I’ve come back because I care what’s happening to it. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who cares. This town is at a tipping point. Crime and corruption ooze from every corner. Someone needs to take a stand against it all — and that is where we come in.

One shot in the video depicts Gordon holding the front page of the Gotham Gazette with the headline: “War Hero Makes Detective” with “Welcome Home” scrawled in red ink (or, more likely, blood). Whether this particular shot foreshadows the struggle between Gordon’s “good” and Gotham’s “evil,” or teases a certain villain targeting the detective in season 1 won’t be known until the pilot premieres.

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While the first full length trailer for Gotham may have been divisive in terms of whether the tone seemed to fit the upcoming series — listen to the SR Underground discussion — this new video has a much more definitive tone. With fewer computer generated shots of Gotham reflecting in a river and a soundtrack more suitable for a gritty, modern police procedural (Aloe Blacc’s “Ticking Bomb”) the new trailer may offer renewed hope to those who were less than impressed by the first look at Gotham.

However, what the new trailer makes up for in terms of tone it lacks in new footage from the upcoming series. The shots of Gordon, Kyle, Cobblepot, Mooney, Nigma, and Bullock seem to have been shot specifically for the video and provide no new scenes that we can expect to see when Gotham premieres — though, with the pilot debut at SDCC so soon, that is certainly intentional.

Gotham premieres on Fox on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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  1. Interesting

    • Not really.

      • No, it is.

    • Depends on how extreme they take these villains.

      This is Jim Gordon Year One, so there’s no Batman so you have to take into account influences on the show and escalation within the universe.

      If Gotham is borrowing anything from the Nolan trilogy then it’s been established that I was standard criminals until Batman showed up then things started to escalate.

      Is it telling that the article (and one would assume the show) refers to the characters by their given names, not their super-villain nomenclature.

      So to answer your question, No Jim Gordon wasn’t/isn’t good enough to take down the Penguin, but he can handle Cobblepot.

      The Penguin/Catwoman/Riddler don’t exist till the arrival of the Batman. The only exception to this looks like The Joker.

      Don’t know how this will play out till it arrives.

      If the rouges gallery is fully formed and functioning then yes I agree you’ve got a concept problem but if this plays as Selina Kyle Year One along with Gordon’s then it’ll be interesting to see the criminal escalation as they go to more extremes to try to overcome Gordon and descend deeper into their own psychosis

      Last scene in the last ever episode (can’t see this going for more than 4-5seasons) Batarang / Batsymbol / Batman as the criminals have evolved beyond Gordon’s capacity to cope….. maybe?

  2. This got me interested actually seeing the characters was intriguing

  3. Fingers Cross

  4. Hahah this is going to f’ing bomb lol talk about 1.2thousand viewers lol trololoolol!!!

  5. so, fox is producing material from both DC & Marvel. seems like one would claim conflict of interest. interesting.

    • Theatrical Rights vary from TV rights when it comes to content.

  6. Is it just me or is the voiceover from McKenzie sound incredibly wooden and disinterested? It’s like he had to record it instead of going to a waterslide orgy, hard to summon enthusiasm in that case.

  7. I have absolutely no faith in this show.

    If centered around the villains of Gotham, and its commissioner to be, I believe the madness and cruelty of Batman’s homeground should be on SHO or HBO… anywhere but Fox really (if it’s any good at all the studio most likely will misplace their testicle and give it up after 13 episodes)

    Plus the fact, that even with the greatest villains of comics, it still looks pretty much like just another procedural cop drama. Imagine the madness of Gotham with the tone and texture of True Detective mixed with the only cool parts of Hannibal, and maybe I would have faith.

    • So basically, unless villains have superpowers, you’re not interested? You don’t want human criminals with no powers other than intimidation?

  8. im looking forward to this show, but i am concerned about why they are introducing so many future villians at one time…i mean batman eventually faces off with these characters so its not like you can kill any of them off and with it having so many characters to introduce im wondering how there gonan have time to show how each character becomes bad, they all cant become bad at once so why not use like 2 or 3 at one time instead of like 8…anyone have any comments to why there going this route?

  9. Maybe I should start reading more comments but I’ve thought the full length trailer and this trailer have equally have been pretty great.

    Of course the trailers are going to be full of foreshadowing but when it comes time to air and the plots don’t get overly convoluted I really think there’s a great serialized story to tell.

    But then again maybe I’m reading the trailers wrong and I’m just not apart of the audience this show hopes to draw.
    I’m not watching Arrow or Agents of Shield. I love SuperHero Movies and Comics but haven’t been a fan of the television shows and I’m hoping Gotham is different.

  10. I have a hard time getting excited for this show. It sounds good in theory but a show about Gotham without batman. It sounds like law and order meets cold case. But i’ll reserve judgement until I get about 5 episodes under my belt. But the flash and green arrow are my shows of choice.

  11. But no one stop them batman has to this show is a fail.