Once in a while, the new show with the biggest drumroll hype can also be the best show, and that may well be the case with Fox’s “Gotham.”
For those who have been holed up in a batcave, “Gotham” is an origin story for the Batman character — starting from the dark night that spawned the Dark Knight.
Young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is walking home from the movies with his parents when they are killed in the kind of seemingly random street robbery that has become epidemic in the dangerous city of Gotham.
Enter a new cop, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who gets assigned to the case with his partner, the jaded but street-smart Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue).
Gordon, who will grow up to become Commissioner Gordon in the Batman world, comes across as a white-bread rookie with the first hints of an edge. McKenzie finesses the part well.
Logue is terrific, a fresh version of the cop who tries to pretend he doesn’t care.
As they work this case, the show expands to a panorama of Gotham villains, including Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) and the future Joker and Catwoman.
Because some of the cop scenes feel routine, what sets “Gotham” apart at the beginning is simply that it looks so good.
Like the semi-mythic cities in movies like “Spider-Man,” this Gotham shimmers with menace and beauty. Bolstered by rich filming, it becomes a character of its own.
Anyone who loves Batman, naturally, will be watching “Gotham,” and knowing the Batman world makes the show more fun.
But it’s also surprisingly accessible to viewers who just like a good action-packed cop drama with a dry sense of humor.
Up front, it looks like a bat-winner.
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