GOTHAM

The first full-length trailer for Gotham went up yesterday.

In case you haven’t heard: Gotham is a Batman prequel TV series that will be coming to a television screen near you sometime next fall. Although little orphan Bruce Wayne is in it, the series will primarily focus around young cop James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), and before yesterday, I’d been a little skeptical. I mean, I was absolutely going to check it out — I’m basically morally obligated to check out all the live-action Batman things, and a fair few of the animated ones too — but prequels where we turn beloved badasses into adorable children have, historically, pretty spotty track records, and anyway, I didn’t know how much interest I had in early Jim Gordon stuff, especially if that meant having to watch his storyline with Sarah Essen.

But I have to say, I think this trailer looks pretty decent. I’ll admit, after watching Batman: Year One, the Jim Gordon I really wanted to see was Bryan Cranston . . . but that wouldn’t really fit in with this premise, and McKenzie seems good here. (Amusingly, McKenzie did the voice of Bruce Wayne in Batman: Year One, which ultimately I didn’t like . . . but I won’t hold that against him. I hear he was great in Southland, which is actually probably the more relevant credit, all things considered.)

Also, I’m entirely excited to see Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, not to mention that Sean Pertwee has been cast as Alfred, which should be interesting to see. And I like the basic look and feel of this trailer — Gotham has always been almost as much of a character as it is a setting, and I feel like that’s going to be reflected here. I’m curious, too, about seeing all the Batman villains before Batman himself came into the picture.

I don’t know if the show is actually going to be good, but consider me officially interested.

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