New 'Gotham' Clips: A Good Man in a Dark City

Gotham Ben McKenzie

This autumn, the superhero conquest of seemingly all media will spread to television in earnest. Not only are CW's Arrow and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returning for new adventures, Constantinewill cast its spell on NBC, The Flash will roar onto CW, and Gotham will delve into the dirty underbelly of the titular city on Fox.

With its world premiere only two days away, Gotham has released five clips of its pilot episode in a final promotional run. A sixth clip has been pulled due to a copyright claim from NBC Universal for unknown reasons.

You can check out the rest of these peeks into Gotham's premiere below:

Clearly designed to highlight the show's major headliners, these clips also emphasize that Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is an essentially good cop out of his depth on the ultra-corrupt streets of Gotham City. Faced with naked corruption, mafia violence, and a potentially career-crushing murder case, Gordon displays the resolution that will (eventually) make him Commissioner of the city's police force.

It's difficult to tell the quality of Gotham as a whole from this collection of clips. While the camera work is solid and Donal Logue (Vikings) puts in a suitably slimy performance as Harvey Bullock, other actors are all over the place and some of the faux-noir dialogue feels rather stiff.

Gotham Ben McKenzie

Given its DC Comics origins and a decent head of critical steam, Gotham will no doubt bring in big audience numbers come Monday evening. Whether or not it can maintain that audience is another matter. After all, the above clips display a series that's still feeling out its desired tone and direction. It'll be interesting indeed to see how quickly Gotham can find its rhythm and decide exactly what kind of show it wants to be.

If anything, the presence of Crispus Allen (Andrew Stewart-Jones) and Renee Montoya (Victoria Cartagena) suggests that Gotham is drawing inspiration from one of the best Batman spinoff comic series ever created – the police procedural Gotham Central. Should Gotham actually move in that direction, it may overcome its prequel trappings and become genuine must-see television.

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

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