With Fall in full swing, it’s time for the start of the new seasons of TV. And now more than ever, comics’ TV takeover has swept through the network landscape like never before. With so many comic book TV shows coming our way, what seasons and debuts should you be on the lookout for? Well fret not, loyal readers; I’ve got the rundown for you. Read the rest of this entry
A few weeks ago I ranted and raved about Gotham, the Batman prequel series that’s been blowing up on Fox. This week I’m going to return to the TV theme, but expand it to the four other comic book shows on the major networks: Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Constantine, and of course, Arrow. We’re at the midseason finales for these shows, and all of them (with one exception) have been a hit. With the news that Constantine will be wrapping up it’s season with thirteen episodes and not the usual 22, I think it’s time to take a look at all of these series and do what nerd do best: ask which one is better? Read the rest of this entry
We’re now eight episodes into Gotham, the “Gotham Begins” show that’s been airing on Fox, and I think I’ve realized that I’m not going to like this show. Granted it’s still pretty early to feel this way, but by now we’ve gotten a pretty good idea of where the show runners are taking this series, and it’s just not something I’m all that interested in.
These feeling comes after watching the episode “The Mask”, which features the Gotham spin on Batman rogue Black Mask. In that episode, we meet Richard Sionis, the father of Roman Sionis, who ALSO has an affinity for masks. Which means that in this universe, Roman’s fascination with masks is apparently genetic, and not tied with how he views his parents, who’s constant talking behind the backs of their friends warps his view of people. Read the rest of this entry
Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”
Of all of the fall TV shows based on comics, Gotham stands out as the most high profile. For one, it’s aiming to mimic the look of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, and the pop culture sites are heavily hyping it. Plus, it’s based around the world of friggin’ Batman, one of the most popular fictional characters of all time.
For those of you who don’t know, Gotham focuses around James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) arrival in Gotham City, and will serve as a new take on the origins of the Dark Knight and his numerous enemies. Now, as someone who has been enthralled with the Dark Knight for 22 years, I was cautiously optimistic about this series when it was first announced. I’ve always been of the mindset that many of Batman’s enemies emerged because of Bruce Wayne’s decision to put on a costume and fight crime. Sure, not all of them have to appear after Batman arrives in Gotham, but some (especially The Joker), simply can’t exist without the Batman being there before them. However, I like to think that I’m pretty open minded when it comes to comic book adaptations, especially when it comes to Batman, a character who thrives on reinterpretation. But I was also worried that this would become Bruce Wayne’s Smallville, a show that started off very strong but ended up doing a lot of Superman stuff without having Superman in it. So, how does the pilot stack up? Read the rest of this entry
So Fox revealed the first trailer for Gotham this week, and it looks pretty cool! Not “ohmygodneedtowatchimmediately” cool, but “I’ll definitely check this out” cool. For those of you who have either forgotten about the New Batman-less Batman show or weren’t aware of it before now, Gotham is the new WB produced show that follows rookie cop Jim Gordon as he navigates his way through Gotham City’s dark alleys, crime families, and other aspects that will make the city your top spot to visit through Travelocity. It’s also serving as a quasi-Smallville take on the Batman, if early reports are to be believed.
The trailer has plenty of images that should make Batman fans feel right at home. There’s the dark moody imagery from the Nolan films, the ominous music, and the classic shot of young Bruce Wayne kneeling over his parent’s bodies (an image that gave me chills when I first saw it in the trailer). There’s a lot to like here, or at least enough to make me tune in for the first few episodes to see if I like it. Read the rest of this entry
One of my nerd dreams finally came true two weeks ago: Gotham Central is kinda coming to TV. Warner Bros has announced that they have begun production on a series based on Commissioner Gordon for Fox. The series, titled Gotham, will trace the early career of James Gordon as he patrols the worst city on the planet, Gotham City. While it’s not the direct adaptation of Gotham Central I was hoping for, it’s fairly obvious that the Ed Brubaker/Greg Rucka series will be used as a basis for Gotham. But like with all comic book adaptations, there are some early aspects of Gotham that leave me a little wary.
For starters, the press release states that Batman will not appear in the show at all. While this is expected in a show that focuses primarily on James Gordon, the release does say that the show will feature many of the ”early” versions of some of Gotham’s main baddies. However, if the Gotham Crime Unit can take out such villains as The Riddler, Penguin, and Two-Face without the help of Batman, then doesn’t it make the Dark Knight seem a little unnecessary? Not to mention that fact that it would fly in the face of the long held belief that Batman is the cause of many of the psychotic villains that he faces. Without the Batman, there would be no Joker, Two-Face, or other villains. Read the rest of this entry