How about a dash of pop culture and TV? I’m hooked on the new show “Gotham.” Didn’t think it was even worth checking out, but my wife recorded the first episode, and I’m very impressed.
The Gordon character is well done — trying very, very hard to find a balance between “Doing The Right Thing” and “Going Along With Corrupt People Just Enough To Avoid Being Killed.”
The proto-Penguin is a literal character, obviously, and very well portrayed. Fish Mooney is a hoot. The Mafia-type gangs are stereotypes and a bit comical, but in the alternate Gotham universe, they work just fine.
Weakest points so far: Lil’ Brucie and Alfred, and Gordon’s girlfriend Barbara — although as noted below, there was some progress made in the most recent episode re: Bruce and Alfred.
My recent post on FanFare about the “Viper” episode:
Lil’ Brucie has largely been an annoyance up until this episode, detracting from the fun stuff — but in this episode, we began to see how he eventually became “the world’s greatest detective” — which is how Batman was originally presented.
And re: era/style — I’m OK with the mish-mash — remember in the first Burton Batman, the opening scene, with the tourist couple and kid getting lost and taking an alley? When I first saw that, I thought that it was set in the 1940s, and that perhaps we were seeing Mr & Mrs Wayne with young Bruce. But no, it was “modern” — just that everybody was wearing hats.
Remember, this is set in an alternate universe — they can have different styles and eras represented.
And in case I haven’t mentioned it before, I was VERY skeptical about this show — hadn’t even planned on watching, figuring it would be something like “Gotham 90210″ — but my wife wanted to check it out, and I tagged along — and have enjoyed each episode more than the previous one. I’m hooked.