New ‘Gotham’ TV Spot: The Most Dangerous Villains

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There has been much speculation and debate about Fox’s upcoming series Gotham and whether it would stray too far from the show’s focus on Detective Jim Gordon (Ben Mckenzie). The first trailer prominently featured young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) while an official cast photo and behind-the-scenes trailer placed Gordon back at the forefront of the show’s marketing.

A new TV spot, shifts the focus just a bit back on three of Gotham’s major villains but Gordon isn’t too far away, as he provides an ominous voiceover.

Released by Gotham’s official YouTube account, the new promo (above) highlights three of the city’s most dangerous villains: low-level thug Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), young thief Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), and cutthroat businesswoman Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). Gordon’s voiceover introduces each of these villains and wonders what turns criminals down the path of crime. His answer: “They all got their start in this city.”

Throughout the promo, the villains are featured in settings unique to their characters: Selina Kyle is crouching in an alley with a cat; Oswald Cobblepot is in an unused meat locker (which are generally refrigerated); and Fish Mooney is seated at a table in a restaurant, that we can presume is hers, flanked by two men.

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Interestingly, the promo only highlights three of the villains known to be appearing in Gotham, which begs the question: How will Poison Ivy and The Riddler factor in? Though they were included in the trailer, perhaps they won’t play as big a role in Gotham’s first 13 episodes as some originally thought.

Since the official synopsis was released, we’ve known that Gotham will, in addition to creating new characters like Mooney, act as an origin story for many well-known figures in the Batman canon aside from Gordon – Catwoman, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, The Riddler, and Alfred Pennyworth.

However, those worried that the more recognizable names like Bruce Wayne and Catwoman would edge out Gordon should be heartened by this promo. It introduces the villains, but reminds viewers at the end that the Gotham detectives are the protagonists of this show: “And it’s up to us to stop them.” Gotham is still a Jim Gordon origin story after all.


Gotham will air Mondays on FOX beginning in the fall of 2014.

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  1. So excited for this. Looks great!

  2. well, they have continuity in the bag on this one.
    is cat woman at least going to be in her tweens or something, because I have to say. it would be an awkward relationship if batman were to fall in love with a cat woman 20-30 years older than him. especially when they get married.

    • She looks around 13 years old to me and Bruce is apparently gonna be 10 in this so…

      • Ann Hathaway looked like a 13 year old in a Halloween costume too when she put a catwoman suit on…
        I’m gonna keep to my guns until it’s established that this one is a teen, and not just another continuity shine.

        • Do you even know what a thirteen year old looks like? Come on. Besides, they’ve already stated that the actress playing her in this is 14, meaning that Catwoman in this is maybe 3 years older than Bruce.

          For crying out loud, some people are always trying to find something to complain about.

        • I’m not sure you actually saw The Dark Knight Rises to make that assessment about Hathaway’s Catwoman. Therefore, opinion invalidated in my view.

          As Robert W. says, they’ve mentioned how Selina is in her early-mid teens since the actress was first revealed some time back.

  3. Wow. Legitimately impressed by the cinematography. It looks spectacular. The trailer didn’t sell me on Gotham, but now I’m on board now. Bring it on…

  4. Dat Face :)

  5. Looks pretty cool. I’m most excited to see The Penguin :D

  6. “It’s up to us to stop them”…. except that you don’t stop them. That’s the point. When you look at it, this is a cop drama where they are effectively failures at their jobs. These villains started out as low-level criminals and because the Gotham cops were so ineffective stopping them (as the trailer states), Batman is born and must clean up their messes.

    Hard to look at a potentially great new cop drama through that lens.

    • Then it’s a tragedy.

    • Didn’t you see True Detective or any other cop shows over the decades that showed cops trying their hardest but ultimately failing in their jobs in some way?

      The fact we already know they failed Gotham is the most interesting thing about this show amongst a long list of other things that are interesting about it. We can see their journey from wide-eyed and hopeful in this show to weary and downtrodden in the movies set in the present (but not connected to the TV shows before anyone assumes I meant that).

      That’s the mistake people are making with this show, expecting one thing when it’s something else entirely. This isn’t a “cop procedural”, it’s a character study. People should start to accept that.

  7. Why Penguin is thin and cat is not so thin?

    • Because penguin can get fat in the next 20 years as most American adults do, and Selina Kyle is still a kid with baby weight. Get your mind on more important things you chauvinist. And learn how to make a sentence.

      • BRAVO!!!

      • You obviously have no idea what chauvinist means because nothing about this comment was chauvinistic. Rude? Yes.

        You’ll have to try and use your word of the day somewhere else as the judges do not accept this. I’m not sure how you interpreted his/her (you don’t even know the commenters sex), to saying one sex is better than the other but….. duhhhh.

  8. I’m afraid this show does not interest me much at all; other shows I have much more interest in. Kind of like “Kiddie batman” without Batman. I can see where some people might like this one, but I think I will be watching some of the other new shows coming out (plus a few returning ones) instead.

  9. I think this is the first trailer of this show that has interested me…….I think Ben Mckenzie is a better actor than mot people think as well. And Logue is a really funny dude.

  10. I have been looking forward to this show for awhile, but seeing this short trailer makes me more excited about this show.

    I just feel like this show might feel like a standard crime and procedure show, just with famous Gotham villains, if so, I just hope they don’t bounce case to case instead of building a story on a couple of cases.

  11. Oh this is going to be on FOX?? Man, I was looking forward to this. But since no matter how much I love it, it will probably just get canceled, maybe I shouldn’t bother.

    • Just tune in!

      This is self-fulfilling prophecy. The more people that don’t watch out of fear for cancellation, the more likely it is to be cancelled.

      That being said, this will see at least 16 episodes guaranteed, and it has sold extraordinarily well overseas. It’s not being cancelled.

  12. Yawn! Pathetic piece of crap show with a future prostitute. Well at least we’ll meet her pimp and see that she’s only in it for herself! Still not going to bother with this craptastic piece of work.

  13. Who’s that businesswoman in the trailer? My best guess is Amanda Waller but A) she seems more like a anti-hero in the comics, B) she’s not that well known and C) see’s too skinny

  14. While bats is born out of cop failure and corruption, jailing villains can still happen. There are several mentions in the canon of “breaking out of jail” and mob runins. Btw, where’s the 14yo Harvey Dent? In one timeline, wayne and dent are old friends. And Rachel Dawes from TDK trilogy? Show can be very good or very bad just like any other show.

  15. The girl who plays Selena looks like an older actress, but I just can’t put a name to the face.

  16. I think they did an excellent job casting Selina Kyle. I haven’t seen her act before, so I can’t comment on that… but she very much looks like a young Michelle Pfeiffer. Well done.

    The initial trailer for this show didn’t interest me too much, but after seeing this new promo featuring some of the villains, I’m certainly going to check this show out in the fall. The cinematography looks great.