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[Mild spoilers ahead]
Last weekend, Fox 32 gave attendees of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con an opportunity to attend a pre-screening of the new show Gotham, an entire month before it airs on TV. As an avid Batman fan, I scored a front row seat for what will surely be my new favorite show.
The first episode takes place during the shooting of Thomas and Martha Wayne. As Bruce is still a young boy, this show is about Jim Gordon (Ben Mackenzie) learning about Gotham. Although Jim did heroically in the military, life in at the GCPD is less structured and straightforward than he thought it would be. He is the new partner to Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), who has been on the force long enough to know the ins and outs of Gotham's true “justice” system.
Introducing characters like the Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy is done with the ease, so it gives your heart a little jump when you recognize them. Puns that foreshadow their characters' development, which fans can already predict, are scattered throughout the episode. Although the nostalgia is present, so the series is already familiar, new storylines and twists are guaranteed.
Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, and Erin Richards, who play Edward Nygma, Selina Kyle, and Barbara Kean were present for the screening and were excited to share the show with the audience. Smith was bursting to tell the fans all about episode seven, which “will blow your mind.”
During the screening, a storm was brewing outside of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. About three minutes before the episode ended, the audio completely cut out. Cries, moans, and other audible frustrations filled the entire room of hundreds, which is a definite promise to the series' emotional impact on the fandom.
Applause filled the auditorium as the show began to play again, and even more when it ended.
My honest opinion: this could be the best series ever. The only problem I had... was a big one.
For about thirty seconds, I didn't even hear what the cast was saying as I was so infuriated with the color of Barbara Kean's hair. My suggestion is for somewhere down the road, as a metaphor for something else, Jim will say to her, “why are you hiding from yourself?” which will prompt her to return to her natural red color.
Gotham premieres on Fox on Monday, September 22nd.
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