Fox’s new Gotham television show presents a concept that many are on the fence about. I mean, when you use Batman’s world and then leave the Batman almost completely out of it, what do you have left? Still, the powers-that-be are gambling that they can take James Gordon and a cast of not-yet-developed super heroes and villains and turn them into something watchable. But the truth of the show’s viability can only be seen in the finished product. And some folks have seen the final product and they have some pretty positive opinions about what’s been put together thus far. Read on to hear what the lucky early screeners have to say about Gotham.
Here are a few of the top Twitter comments to make their way through the Internetz:
– Solid crime drama with many tantalizing hints of the mythology to come.
– Cannot get over how great the cast of Gotham is — not a false note among them.
– Loved it. So good.
– Gotham is fantastic. The trailer doesn’t do it justice.
– …Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue are the ultimate bad ass team.
– Gorgeous show, and Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue make great on-screen partners.
– …Fox’s Gotham is a really solid, well-made pilot.
– It’s well-cast, top-to-bottom, and the production values play higher in context than they have in the trailers.
– …Gotham topped expectations… Fans will be very pleased.
– …Robin Lord Taylor is fantastic as Oswald Cobblepot.
– Builds really well, and Robin Lord Taylor is a revelation as Penguin.
Tweets not enough for you? Some folks over at Collider had the chance to see it as well and they wrote up a slightly more comprehensive (and spoiler-free) review:
“This Gotham is grimy and violent, and clearly on its way to being overrun by a criminal element that will quickly be sending it on a downward spiral. It feels much more like the real world heightened than it does a comic book world.
“There are some really heartfelt moments in both the new bond that Bruce Wayne forms with James Gordon, who finds himself working the high-profile murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne, and the clearly life-long relationship he has with butler Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee).
“Robin Lord Taylor is a true stand-out as Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin. He is a low-level psychopath for Fish Mooney, but has a definite lust for power that will surely come into play as the character develops. His performance is just so good that people won’t be able to not talk about it.”
And here’s a brief quote from MTV:
“By far the best thing about the pilot is Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, the man who will later become one of Batman’s greatest enemies: the Penguin. Taylor is superb and transfixing in the role, down to his yellow teeth, creepy laugh and weird, freckled face.”
Well, the praise for the cast seems to be evident enough. And, personally, Oswald Cobblepot is one of the faces I’ve been looking forward to the most. If Robin Lord Taylor is pulling it off, then disappointment is unlikely. Unfortunately, I am not one of the lucky ones and shall, like the rest of you, have to wait until Fall to see the pilot.
So, Nerd Readers – Feeling less nervous about Gotham? Are all the positive reviews giving you a wonderful nerd boner? At least a semi, maybe?