If you watched the MLB All Star game on FOX last night, you got the added treat of a brand new Gotham trailer titled, The Good. The Evil. The Beginning. Despite my early reservations about a Batman television show without Batman, Gotham just keeps looking better and better.
Gotham continues a growing trend in Hollywood with the addition of wonderful music to the trailer. It’s one of the first things that jumps out at you, this isn’t the usual Hollywood soundtrack and only proves the importance and power that music brings to a series or movie. Just look at the soundtrack for BBC‘s Misfits, or James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy and it’s an absolute no-brainer.
Many people may have never heard Aloe Blacc’s Ticking Bomb before this trailer, but I can bet that the Itunes downloads for the song will sky-rocket in the next couple of days, just check the recent comments on the YouTube video for the song and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Go ahead and take a look, we’ll discuss what you saw after.
The trailer opens with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) crossing police lines to begin their investigation at the crime scene. It looks like it’s probably that fateful crime scene that begins everything, the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents. Whoops, guess I should have slipped a spoiler warning in there.
The pair of detectives walk through the gathering crowd where we see, forensic scientist Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) the future Riddler, already taking notes in a book riddled with question mark doodles. See what they did there? Nygma is standing in front of a poster for Gotham’s Mayor Aubrey James.
The mayor isn’t listed in the Gotham IMDB page, but John Doman‘s role hasn’t been revealed yet, and he does look a little like the man in the poster. It’s just a guess, and one would expect the Mayor of Gotham to make at least a few appearances in a series expected to deal with the crime of Gotham’s seedier side as well as the corruption in Gotham’s police and political landscape.
The rest of the crowd of bystanders held back by police crime scene tape includes future Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), future Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith)
This is my city. I’ve come back because I care what’s happening to it. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who cares. This town is at a tipping point: crime, corruption, ooze on every corner. Someone needs to take a stand against it all, and that is where we come in.
There’s some graffiti on the ally walls that I’m sure will end up as some Easter Egg type notice of a villain or Batman Canon point. Gordon finds a note in the victim’s wallet, and all of us know that Batman television series villains love to leave Batman notes. Who could this be from? It’s written in some red substance, could be red ink, or blood.
Considering how many Batman villains have been known to write Batman notes, it could be anyone. Many will think this is another Joker clue that the series intends to tease us about the entire series because of the way the letters are scrawled. Most likely because they remember this Joker meme.
I’m not ready to make that jump yet, but if it is a Joker/Jack Napier clue, then it looks like the series show runners are continuing the Tim Burton change to the Batman Canon replacing Joe Chill as the killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents.
Gotham is scheduled to air Monday nights at 8/7c on FOX beginning September 22nd. Will you be tuning in?