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.
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.