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First teaser trailer for Fox's Batman-themed TV show Gotham arrives

05.05.2014

Fox has released the first GOTHAM trailer for the upcoming prequel series; it’s short and sweet while still driving the point home that this is taking place BEFORE Batman folks.

Here’s the non-brief synopsis for the series:

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.

As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”).

Although the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.

We get glimpses of the Batman villains that will populate the series and some focus on young Wayne as well. It looks gritty enough for me and perhaps looks as good as a Batman series on FOX could look. I trust there is going to be a lot of eyes on this one as fans of Batman will surely have a lot to say about how the series handles certain characters and their respective traits.  I personally can’t wait to see what batshit stuff The Riddler gets up to.  They will have some time to exlore as earlier today Fox officially ordered  GOTHAM to series for at least 13 episodes.

The show stars Ben McKenzie (James Gordon), Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock), David Mazouz (young Bruce Wayne), Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney) Robin Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot ), Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle), Erin Richards (Barbara Kean), Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), Zabryna Guevara (Captain Essen) and Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma)

GOTHAM will premiere on Fox this fall.

What do you guys think of the trailer? What are you hopes/fears for the series?

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4:59PM on 05/06/2014

Stop It

This looks and will be shit. All it will be is homages after homages and name drops etc. Why would you run a TV series about Jim Gordon whilst he was a detective ? This is seriously gonna blow, Smallville was the same just stick to Movies for these characters - god even Saturday morning or DVD cartoons are better than this crap
This looks and will be shit. All it will be is homages after homages and name drops etc. Why would you run a TV series about Jim Gordon whilst he was a detective ? This is seriously gonna blow, Smallville was the same just stick to Movies for these characters - god even Saturday morning or DVD cartoons are better than this crap
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10:21AM on 05/06/2014
This show really does look like it has potential, definitely checking it out in the fall
This show really does look like it has potential, definitely checking it out in the fall
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9:15AM on 05/06/2014
Looks damn good to me. Can't wait.
Looks damn good to me. Can't wait.
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8:40AM on 05/06/2014
I'll try it out. I didn't like the trailer though. I didn't know Bruce Wayne would be in this. I thought this was going to take place when he was away from Gotham training to become Batman. I think that would've been better.
I'll try it out. I didn't like the trailer though. I didn't know Bruce Wayne would be in this. I thought this was going to take place when he was away from Gotham training to become Batman. I think that would've been better.
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8:34AM on 05/06/2014
This show looks amazing and it's already better than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
This show looks amazing and it's already better than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
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10:49AM on 05/06/2014
Well anything is better than Agents/Shield. That show is fucking pathetic. I actually thought is was going to get cancelled after the 3rd episode. Shocked to hear it got renewed.
Well anything is better than Agents/Shield. That show is fucking pathetic. I actually thought is was going to get cancelled after the 3rd episode. Shocked to hear it got renewed.
11:05AM on 05/06/2014
Seriously...you give a bad name to Ken Masters....AOS has gotten really good, AOS has a full world to work with, where This is going to be baby batman and Everyone's favorite villains before they were cool.
Seriously...you give a bad name to Ken Masters....AOS has gotten really good, AOS has a full world to work with, where This is going to be baby batman and Everyone's favorite villains before they were cool.
3:26AM on 05/06/2014
Welp, I'm in. Although after seeing how the Arrow conducts business (biz is boomin'!), I would have preferred a straight up Batman series. If the show ends when Bruce puts on the suit that is going to leave me with such huge blue balls.
Welp, I'm in. Although after seeing how the Arrow conducts business (biz is boomin'!), I would have preferred a straight up Batman series. If the show ends when Bruce puts on the suit that is going to leave me with such huge blue balls.
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1:40AM on 05/06/2014

Where's JOKER?

Where's Joker? How old is Bruce and won't there be a big age gap between him and his villians?
Where's Joker? How old is Bruce and won't there be a big age gap between him and his villians?
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8:26AM on 05/06/2014
in high school getting turned down, when asking this really cute straight A student Harleen out on a date.
in high school getting turned down, when asking this really cute straight A student Harleen out on a date.
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12:23AM on 05/06/2014

This show has potential...

praying to God they don't screw this up but what I saw in that trailer looks mighty good.
praying to God they don't screw this up but what I saw in that trailer looks mighty good.
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12:20AM on 05/06/2014
even if people watch it and it has a fan base fox will just cancel it i liked what i saw
even if people watch it and it has a fan base fox will just cancel it i liked what i saw
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12:08AM on 05/06/2014

Nice

This looks promising, Might have to DVR it
This looks promising, Might have to DVR it
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12:03AM on 05/06/2014
Looks solid. I cringed when he said "My name's Bruce Wayne", though. I hate it when iconic figures have to introduce themselves with their full name just so that a wider audience can go "Aaah, so THAT'S who it is!"
Looks solid. I cringed when he said "My name's Bruce Wayne", though. I hate it when iconic figures have to introduce themselves with their full name just so that a wider audience can go "Aaah, so THAT'S who it is!"
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11:19PM on 05/05/2014

Nice

I'm sold
I'm sold
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11:15PM on 05/05/2014

Looks promising

I will check it out
I will check it out
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11:13PM on 05/05/2014
Trailer gave me goosebumps. Will definitely be giving it a shot.
Trailer gave me goosebumps. Will definitely be giving it a shot.
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11:10PM on 05/05/2014
"We cannot let these killers and these robbers and these rapists and these thugs win."

"You have a little danger in your eye. I wonder what you plan to do with that."

Yup, still skeptical. Like how their Eddie Nigma looks though.
"We cannot let these killers and these robbers and these rapists and these thugs win."

"You have a little danger in your eye. I wonder what you plan to do with that."

Yup, still skeptical. Like how their Eddie Nigma looks though.
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11:08PM on 05/05/2014
Looks very Nolanesque... Like Batman Begins the Long Play(LP) version... Consider me intrigued.
Looks very Nolanesque... Like Batman Begins the Long Play(LP) version... Consider me intrigued.
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10:07PM on 05/05/2014
I'll watch it. Looks good. Better production value than I had thought there would be!
I'll watch it. Looks good. Better production value than I had thought there would be!
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9:59PM on 05/05/2014
Gave me chills!
Gave me chills!
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1:41AM on 05/07/2014
Really ??? You need to get out more
Really ??? You need to get out more
9:49PM on 05/05/2014
Looks good and the cast looks exceptionally great as well (especially McKenzie and Logue). Hopefully the characters share alot of screen time with one another.

And hopefully it's more along the lines of Arrow and not Agents of Shit.
Looks good and the cast looks exceptionally great as well (especially McKenzie and Logue). Hopefully the characters share alot of screen time with one another.

And hopefully it's more along the lines of Arrow and not Agents of Shit.
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10:14PM on 05/05/2014
It looks like agents not arrow. Arrow doesn't hide it's comic book roots by giving us characters before they became the characters we love. I don't care about penguin before he became penguin. Anyway is he going to gain weight or something. Hahaha. And riddler before he was riddler he was what some regular guy? Anyway I'll give it a shot. I am watching agents so it will probably be better.
It looks like agents not arrow. Arrow doesn't hide it's comic book roots by giving us characters before they became the characters we love. I don't care about penguin before he became penguin. Anyway is he going to gain weight or something. Hahaha. And riddler before he was riddler he was what some regular guy? Anyway I'll give it a shot. I am watching agents so it will probably be better.
11:06PM on 05/05/2014
You're right about Arrow. A part of me can appreciate why they are trying to do with THIS show and the conten involved.
You're right about Arrow. A part of me can appreciate why they are trying to do with THIS show and the conten involved.
8:29AM on 05/06/2014
I don't know if you have been watching Arrow lately but it has been dropping the ball! the formula for the last couple episodes have been: boring boring boring oh exciting thing, and the episode is over. Where Agent of shield has had solid episodes the every week since Winter Soldier.
I don't know if you have been watching Arrow lately but it has been dropping the ball! the formula for the last couple episodes have been: boring boring boring oh exciting thing, and the episode is over. Where Agent of shield has had solid episodes the every week since Winter Soldier.
10:20AM on 05/06/2014
yeager - actually I haven't seen ANY of season 2 of Arrow - I usually wait for the bluray.

Shield - I was never a hater of the show - I have seen them all and todays should be good. I don't hate agents or anything, its a cool show - but nothing more - Arrow I really enjoyed - again never saw any of season 2 so you may have a point.
yeager - actually I haven't seen ANY of season 2 of Arrow - I usually wait for the bluray.

Shield - I was never a hater of the show - I have seen them all and todays should be good. I don't hate agents or anything, its a cool show - but nothing more - Arrow I really enjoyed - again never saw any of season 2 so you may have a point.
9:44PM on 05/05/2014
Not exactly sold on the teaser yet but Bullock looks badass!
Not exactly sold on the teaser yet but Bullock looks badass!
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9:44PM on 05/05/2014
Meh. My money is on them changing the things we love about those characters. I'll watch for a couple weeks and decide if it's worth it.
Meh. My money is on them changing the things we love about those characters. I'll watch for a couple weeks and decide if it's worth it.
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